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Happy Birthday Echo!

August 13th is a very special day for our family. The baby of the group is officially FOUR! And still not on a Friday. We had already had a mini party with Chris and Renee and their family but today was THE DAY. So we dropped everything to do a wee bit of celebrating. Echo got to wear her new birthday dress (her gift from Mommy and Daddy this year that she helped to choose). Grandma and Grandpa Mike called for their birthday call and we went over to the local library branch where they had a beautiful flower display.101_9161 101_9163

Then over to the park where Echo opted to open her gifts from Gammie and Aunty Holly, Uncle James and Cousin Jimmie. It was a special request… gifts opened ON the actual birthday. Who are we to deny such a reasonable request?101_9170 101_9173 101_9176 101_9179

She was in love with ALL of them and not the least bit upset to not get the chance to run the park. Instead she walked the babies, tried on the backpack and checked out her new book.101_9183 101_9184 101_9186

With a run to the grocery for park snacks it was back to the house in time to open the gift from Aunty Faithe, Uncle Joe, Gabbi and Zachary mailed from Florida… Barbie movies!101_9189

Light lunch and we packed back up for Andrew’s Park complete with splash area and all! And best of all… Darcy and all 4 boys (though Anthony came and went).

Aidan with his belated (way) birthday present... I made him a soccer ball, he just happened to be wearing his jersey!

Aidan with his belated (way) birthday present… I made him a soccer ball, he just happened to be wearing his jersey!

We had a blanket for the adults set between the wet and dry areas, a container of snacks and birthday CUPCAKES! We were set for hours and happy as clams.

Ken in my new hat

Ken in my new hat

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In and out of the water… up and down the park stuff.101_9214 101_9216 101_9223

Echo opened her very special gift from the Novaks complete with a mustache and TWO special teddies from Alex’s personal collection. She LOVED it all!101_9192 101_9196

The kids seriously INHALED the cupcakes…101_9206 101_9210

And of course splashed their hearts out…

Anthony's dramatic hair dry

Anthony’s dramatic hair dry

It was an amazing afternoon and the company could not have been more fun or entertaining.101_9220101_9227

We came home to a strawberry twinkie “cake” for miss Echo to blow the candles out of in front of Nana and Baba.101_9228

And topped the evening with Daddy building Echo’s special gift from Aunty Holly and family which she and Trinity combined their ponies and sets and smiled until bedtime!!!101_9233 101_9234

So thank you everyone for the birthday wishes and those mentioned above for today’s gifts… our baby is growing up so quickly!101_9168 101_9169 101_9166

4th of July Girls ONLY

Of course I cannot resist sharing the very first holiday I have EVER spent girls only! I think we did a rather good job making memories and friends to remember. We were invited to a family and friends bbq by the mother of the bride from the wedding in June (her daughters are Renee – Chris’s wife and Karen – Cory’s new bride). Renee was a total sweetheart and though she had to miss it for a family reunion (Chris’ side) she helped coordinate our ride – Cory picked us up after work and drove the van so I didn’t have to show my ineptitude at moving Echo’s carseat to a new vehicle! YAY!

But first… Ken had slept the night here with his evening appointments and left in the morning… AFTER helping fill the pool with air and taking out the garbage of course! While he was doing that and collecting any last minute necessities of course we had to bring out the American flag garland and our thematically perfect red, white and blue paperchain for some very adorable July 4th pictures. Sadly you cannot see in the picture but I am also wearing a USA themed tank top I picked up at Walmart (oops…).101_8227

101_8229101_8233101_8235After the pictures it was time for the first of our special treats – ding-dongs.101_8237

We did a quick with Daddy photo before hugs and good byes and then the fun REALLY began!101_8238

All girls all day… so we… made sticker pictures with July 4th ants picnic stickers…101_8239

Watched the original My Little Pony videos (and then moved onto MOST of Mastermind the movie)…101_8240

We ALL coloured pictures… I got them through a subscription to the site Little Learning Lovies (here) as a freebie for subscribing.101_8241

10401959_10152555368776151_4722645217025226765_nThen after lunch in the sunroom of buns and apple slices we did a wee bit of our mail schoolwork… Trinity is determined to learn to tell time to receive the reward Gammie has promised her and Echo likes nothing better than doing her worksheets.101_8242

Around 3:30 Cory collected us and the van and it was time to head to the party.

We got there at the perfect time. The family we met at the groom’s dinner who have 3 girls right around our’s ages were in the pool with their mom so the girls got changed too and hopped in to play.101_8243

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A hill to dare devil drive down (which they ALL did successfully)…101_8246

And a delicious picnic dinner that included fruit and various salads and AMAZING chicken drumsticks all topped off with chocolate cake. Trinity cleaned her plate perfectly I was so proud!

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After dinner was s’mores… Echo let me have a few bites of hers. More visiting… and then…101_8250

Cory

Cory

SPARKLERS AND FIREWORKS!

Cory and Echo hanging out together

Cory and Echo hanging out together

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Karen

Karen

A new little girl - Chloe

A new little girl – Chloe

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This is Trinity with a sparkler and the camera set on Fireworks!

This is Trinity with a sparkler and the camera set on Fireworks!

We did not make it home until almost 11 o’clock. We had an amazing day, met tons of new people and played and ran and honestly had our best 4th of July yet (ok it IS our second but it was grand!).101_8293

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Welcome to Our Home Again Aunty Karyn!

November 4-6

One day and counting until Aunty Karyn gets here. What to do what to do??? Well not only is Aunty Karyn visiting and fall here to stay BUT it is also the month of American Thanksgiving so it was surely time to be… Thankful!101_5115

It was time to look at our Australia unit thanks to Little Passports. I got some books from the library and hunted down a few printables. I have a blog entry just with our resources from that short mini unit HERE. They even included a fun scratch card craft.101_5120

101_5117We drew up some “what if” stories about what sort of amazing and impossible adventures we could get up to with Aunty Karyn if we could do ANYTHING we could. Of course we photocopied the twins and took pictures of the littles to be able to give the originals to Karyn.101_5122

101_5123With visit imminent it was simply time to  get the house under control, tidy up and do our regular homeschooling bits and go to bed with the knowledge that by the afternoon on the 5th we will be up the EIGHT people in the house!!

Talk about excitement when we got Karyn home! Baba and I went to the airport to collect her. Her flights was delayed (of course) but we managed to meet up quite easily. Thus begins a week of fun with Aunty Karyn and a time of low school work levels but high levels of fun! I love how we all congregate around our electronics… here the girls were watching My Little Pony.101_5138

This quickly morphed into EVERYONE watching Aunty Karyn’s iPad!101_5140

Our first FULL day with Aunty Karyn started with stories and reading in the livingroom.101_5142

Then running out (for the kids) to enjoy the very first and VERY minor snow fall.101_5143

101_5145Trinity had special time with her God Mommy and got her hair braided.101_5144

And in the afternoon there was time for boardgames!101_5146

That evening we had a rather major Echo milestone – her very first big girl bed!!!! Of course she came out MULTIPLE times that night but definitely a success!!!

Trinity's old bed

Trinity’s old bed

A handmedown from cousin Zachary!

A handmedown from cousin Zachary!

Of course the girls had to end their day with some Aunty Karyn time…101_5152

And we still have DAYS to go!!!!101_5137