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Sunday, July 20, 2014

the fourth


We started off planning to head to Utah the morning of the 4th of July to see a bunch of family.
But, even though flights had looked good up until the morning before, they filled up and we actually didn't make it out.  Bummer.




So we headed home in time for naps.
Then it was beautiful outside and we were all in our red, white, and blue so I made everyone take a quick round of family photos.
Then we had a really yummy barbeque.
Then we went to local fireworks.












{our flag and a deer in the neighbor's yard across the street}

{walking from where we parked the car to the place of fireworks}

{Parking at the fireworks}
{We're like the only ones in our town to not have a golf cart. Paths connect everything.}


{brought some hearing protection for Evie, turned out to be a smart move}


{an airplane was making shapes in the sky as we waited for dark}


{the crowd gathering} 

The fireworks were awesome and then we took our way-past-bedtime kiddos home.

The next day we went to our neighborhood's pool.
We thought it might be crowded, turned out we were almost the only ones there.
So perfect.

{after getting out and mid getting changed}

{Des in the little kiddy pool}



 So even though the weekend didn't go exactly as planned, it was an awful good time with my little family.





Wednesday, July 2, 2014

a new car


Imagine that post title said in a Price is Right announcer voice.
At least that's what I do.

Way back in March we did a day trip down to Tampa to buy and pick up a new vehicle.
Curt had been looking for a while as we knew we were looking to expand our family numbers.
We want lots of kids, so we were looking for the largest thing we could get without buying a 15 passenger van (although that's not off of the table for the future ;).

Navigators, Expeditions, no GM products

Ended up being an Expedition. 
Big and beautiful, very comfortably fits eight people + stuff.

Des on the quick flight down

Curt and Evie on the quick flight down


 Safely home




Monday, June 30, 2014

right now...

Curt:
-is starting his second rotation at work
-is running even more. 
He was preparing for a half marathon that we were going to Michigan for him to do it with friends, but they cancelled that race.


Carmen:
-at week 23 of this pregnancy, second trimester is always so awesome for me
-still working on home projects. 
Patching the ceiling downstairs from getting can lights put in, about to pull the trigger on replacing the roof, and we just replaced a toilet and supply line valve downstairs that had developed a leak.




Des:
-is potty training.
Which is huge. We've tried off and on for months with dismal results (this kid has some serious stubbornness), but this weekend we finally rounded a corner. Today is day/night 3 of no diapers.
-loves doing his 'school stuff', which is a large kindergarten booklet I picked up at Sam's Club.

 


oh, those curls and that color, love

Evie:
-has a rapidly expanding vocabulary. 
new words everyday. real talking feels somewhat imminent.
-is extremely affectionate.
very generous with hugs and kisses to us (and toys), and has figured out that kisses are closed mouthed and makes the *mwah* sound


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Family, Boston, and Newport


This past weekend Curt was able to take off Friday and Monday to make a long weekend.
We flew up to Rhode Island to spend some time with Curt's aunt, uncle, and cousins and to check out a few cities we had never seen before.

Friday morning Jenni dropped us off at the train station and we rode in to Boston.



It was rainy, so we didn't have very high expectations of what we were going to be able to see, but it turned into a light misting about when we arrived so it wasn't bad at all.



Our plans were pretty simple, take a driving tour around the city.
But before we headed to do that we decided to get some lunch.
We went to Galleria Umberto on Hanover...so good. 
If you go be aware that it's cash only, lunch only, but there's a line to the door for good reason.


The kids fell asleep in the stroller, pretty cute.


 We then walked to the Museum of Science, which was where our tour left from.



We went on a duck tour, which is on a bus like contraption that can also go in the water.
Perfect way to see a city when you have bum knees or little kids to schlep around and entertain.
 

I loved Boston.
Such history. So many juxtapositions between old and new. A major city, yet not huge.
The colonial style is one I really like.










After the city part of the tour the driver drove the boat into the river.
Then called up Des from the very back row to drive us around for a bit.
Made his day, mine too.






 



Then we rode some trains back to Warwick and visited for the night.

My little carnivore, she absolutely loves hamburgers and hot dogs.



 Saturday morning we went to Max's soccer game.


He plays goalie and one other position that I'm not savvy enough to know what the heck it is.




Des kicking the ball back and forth with uncle Robert.

After that we met up with the rest of the family at a local parade commemorating the sinking of the Gaspee. Pretty fun.

The start of the parade happens to be right at the LDS chapel, so the young women do a pancake breakfast fundraiser for camp. It was yummy.

Curt, Evie, and aunt Jenni

Des sitting on Max. They are buds, and Max is so nice to him.


Des and Christian


Sophie running the cash box for the young women




It was a fun event that the kids loved (except for the gun discharges, those were a little loud for them).


 Des and Max hanging out

Evie and some really great bed head

Sunday we went to church and then Jenni drove us around Newport to give us a flavor of another town while the babies napped in their car seats.


Beautiful homes, beautiful coast, and perfectly beautiful weather.


Jenni made us some really delicious food and the evening was spent visiting and telling Des to use a quieter voice {oh boy is he ever loud}. 


 And Monday we flew home and settled in before starting up real life again today.
It was a lovely weekend.
Thanks for the hospitality Robert and Jenni, we'd love to see you down here some time!



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