Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dear Summer, please don't leave us.

 Steve and the 3 older girls are at the Twins game tonight and I have found myself home alone with Miss Cecelia.  It is rare that I am home alone in the evenings.  Cece has long gone to bed and I decided to sit down, play some music and look through all of the fun photos from the summer.  Next week the 3 older girls start school and it makes me so sad.  It is so hard to say goodbye to summer and all of the fun that goes with it.  We have had a wonderful summer, all of the girls are the perfect ages, Cece included.  I don't take for granted what we have been given and the household we have that is so full of life.  I tear up as I look at the photos, smiling at all of the fun and memories that we have.  There are so many pictures but I tried to pick out a few of my favorite with a little recap.  I forgot to take any photos when we visited my family a few weeks ago but time got away from me with all of the little nieces and nephews running around.

Miss Tess went to Camp Icaghowan again this year and loved every minute of it.  Her camp counselor was so complimentary of her, it made me so proud.  She is our brave little soul that can be away from home for days.
 this is the little lady she couldn't wait to get her hands on when we picked her up.
 Sydney finished up with her fun Apple Camp and we picked up Kate and drove to Wisconsin to pick her up.  The bandana was a great idea because I was helping her comb her hair after her first shower at home and asked her if she combed her hair the entire camp and she replied, "Once."  Nice.
 In July Steve's Grandma B celebrated a special birthday.
 The kids all enjoyed playing with the extended family that made it to her party.

 we even took a picture of the "big cousins" that made it.
 Then we enjoyed a little BBQ on this lovely farm.
 I loved watching the kids

 and actually the adults too.

 This wonderful couple was the "celebrity couple" in town from California.
We love them and are so sad that we don't get to see them more.  They are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.
 One of the cutest hosts shared her toys well
 And this sweet couple owns this beautiful farm and hosted our circus with literally no notice.
 Isn't it so much fun when we can be spontaneous and do something unplanned?
 we all loved it
 and hope we can do it again.
 We also visited Steve's Grandma S. in her new digs.  She is doing so well and never complains.
Even though I am sure it was hard to say good bye to her old digs.
What a cute house
 and what cute kids (I am biased.)

 They also said good bye to the creek in the back yard, everything has a special memory.
 Then Tess had her final camp on the ice.
 She loved it.
 and I may someday get used to freezing on the bleachers.

 Then last weekend we were invited to this beautiful place by dear friends.
 We relaxed, laughed, drank coffee, spent a lot of time on the water
 and enjoyed every second of this little piece of heaven.
I didn't take many photos as I was taking it all in and my dear friend is a talented photographer and my photos will pale in comparison.
 The kids were all so good and we were so grateful to their family for this wonderful weekend.
How on earth is summer almost over?  I know we have so much to look forward to with 4 small children here but I can't help but get a little sad when I see another summer come to a close.  I will try to stop whining about this but it is really hard for me.  We are blessed with such wonderful family and friends.  Life is not perfect here but it really is wonderful.  Thank you to everyone for making our summer so nice and memorable, now I must go and enjoy it.

Love, Gina

Friday, August 08, 2014

7 Months Old!

This little lady turned 7 months old when we were on vacation!  Fastest 7 months of my life.  
 Wow we really love this girl.   She is all over the place and it is getting hard to stop her for a photo!
 You know what this ridiculous photo is?  Don't judge us…..this is where she still sleeps.   7 months old and yes, she is still in the co-sleeper and yes she is still in our room!!  My previous judgie-mc-judge a lot self that didn't have 4 children would have thought this was just plain weird but the new improved I don't have time to worry about other people judging me self is rolling with it.
As you can see she is just plainly too big for this bed but we haven't got a round to shifting everyone to their new spaces so she is nice and cozy.  At 4.5 months old Cece reached a wonderful milestone…she started sleeping through the night.  At 7 months old she reached a terrible milestone….she stopped sleeping through the night.  Maybe she needs some room to move, who knows?!?
 But we do know that we are still crazy about her and we all fight over holding her.

She is a joy and we are so in love.  Have a great day.
Love, Gina

Vacation all I ever wanted

Last weekend we finished our annual trip to Eagles Nest in Nisswa and I have to admit, it was bliss.  The below photo may be a little bit of an embarrassing sign of the times but not once did Steve complain about all of the things I had packed so bring on the trailer!  
We stopped on the way at our favorite junk treasure store.

always a favorite for the children
then after a short time we reached heaven on earth.
and quickly hit the water

every day we hit the water, several times a day.
Fancy Nancy did some fishing

and we watched many beautiful sunsets.
We fished in our P.J.'s

and caught some "giant" fish!

When we weren't on the water we played at the park on the resort

and then back to the water again.

These little ladies kept us all very happy

and these two ladies kept us laughing.
There was lots of cabin bonding

And we hit a very fancy dinner
with these lovely people.
We roasted s'mores
and some cute people enjoyed pureed food.
we ventured to new parks

and enjoyed a family picnic.

some of us preferred to sleep during the day while on vacation (night time is for partying on vacation.)
Others enjoyed the water every single minute.

I laughed with this guy
and we all held this girl!

This girl fished several times a day.

The turtle races still remain a favorite.

(note our favorite family photo sulker)

A walk or bike ride into town always required a stop at The Chocolate Ox

And baths for this little cutie.

The sisters loved taking our littlest out into the water

and she loved it too.

Tubing with Uncle Mark always makes everyone happy.

A little dinner out at Rafferty's

and the pontoon afternoon was a hit.

The last supper is the sad reality that vacations do have to end.

One last sunset makes everyone happy.

Not a good bye kiss but a "fish hook" to the face.
One last forced family photo for the crazy Mom
goodbye to this beautiful place.

we can't wait for next year
but we must also say goodbye to our dear candy store.
I am sorry for the ridiculous amount of photos but I took 1900 and I couldn't narrow them down anymore as everyone looked so happy and cute on all of them.  I took my camera with me instead of my phone.  A wise choice.  This place is such a wonderful place for our family to relax and enjoy each other.  The girls were perfect and we all loved it and admittedly I was very, very sad on Monday.  We are looking forward to going back again.

Have a great weekend.
Love, Gina