Fun in the Sprinkler!

 Ready for picture overload?? It was a very pretty day yesterday and the landlords apparently ordered a lot of yard work done. When got home from school, sprinklers were being set up and it didn’t take long for the boys to run outside and get wet! Eliana saw the brothers getting wet and immediately changed out of her beautiful princess dress and into a bathing suit!

The landlords are crazy about their grass and plants so I only let them run on the sidewalks to avoid any confrontation. (The boys got yelled at by one of the landlords this weekend for bouncing a ball into the bushes….but that’s another story for another time!)

Even though I had to restrict them a little, they still had fun!

Here it comes…

Sprinkler rain!

Eliana had the time of her life running up and down the sidewalk with her brothers, getting wet. She is definitely a lot braver than the boys were at this age!

Zakkai came over on the less sunny side..

Handsome kid! Getting so big these days.

Eliana in action..

Pretty soon the boys drifted away and Eliana was the only one left:)

Samuel is looking so much older these days!

Well…until he makes faces like these:)

Well, Miss Thang!

Eliana, giving me the hands on the hips, because I told her it was time to go in for dinner. (With Mr. Z in the front causing trouble:)

Thinking about whether or not she wants to obey…

Poor thing got an enormous bruise on her leg from a run in with a shopping cart last week.

She’s flying!

1,2,3 Go!

Love these critters of mine! (even when they drive me crazy:)

I’m sure you can forgive my blog neglect when you take into account that I am insanely busy right now! We went non-stop over the weekend and I finally hit a “wall” on Sunday afternoon and was too tired even for tears. My to-do lists are growing longer by the day!

On Friday, a friend who has a little girl Eliana’s age and a little boy a few months older than Mr. C, came over to have one last play date. The girls play SO well together and had a great time!

Then in the afternoon, I took Mr C, Eliana and Zakkai grocery shopping and then we hurried back to collect our missing duo and went to C’s house for dinner and a bonfire!

We had a really great time! It was a gorgeous day outside, that required sunglasses (!) and was perfect for grilling, cornhole and roasting marshmallows for s’mores! We really treasure our time with our good friends. Eliana and Zakkai fell asleep about 2 minutes after getting in the car:)

We woke up early Saturday and did some lunch prep and cleaning since we were having some friends over for lunch. Then we rushed over into the chaos of our downtown for the annual Pet Parade! It’s a really nice parade every year the first Saturday after Memorial Day. There are lots of dogs (and a few other animals here and there) and floats, bands, local kid’s organizations and candy. We sat/stood with our friends who were coming over for lunch. The boys stayed as close to the candy as possible!

It was a little on the warm side so we hung back in the shade:)

We let Eliana go up and get some treasures, too, and had to fight off some greedy nearby kids to get a few pieces of candy for E. I was a little annoyed, to say the least, when this one girl was snatching up candy out of people’s hands, including Eliana! Watch out for the mama bear!

Samuel, having a good time:) We had a really great afternoon eating and hanging out and I even got to sneak out for the evening and go to Ikea with my friend! Sunday we raced home from church to feed the munchkins and rush the boys off to a birthday party. I managed to supervise the couch pick-up and run some errands before completely dropping in exhaustion. I need a vacation!

And last but not least, Eliana has decided that she no longer wants to wear pull-ups at night and she was very adamant that she wants to be a big girl now! We started a chart and she is doing AWESOME! Only one small accident a few days ago. She’s the earliest to nighttime train out of all 3 of ours! She is working hard to earn a special prize next week, which she will be happy to show off for you:)
Up next, last day of school and the Goodbye Party!


 I’m alive! We have had terrible internet problems all week and the company wasn’t able to send anyone out to fix it til this afternoon! Apparently, when our new neighbors got their internet or cable set up this week, our cable line got unhooked. Too bad it took 5 days for them to come fix such a simple problem!

Anyways, I’ve missed blogging and sharing the events of our week!

On Thursday, we went to a local 4th of July parade! Here’s our red, white and blue crew:)

Eliana anxiously awaiting the start of the parade. The parade was led by a screaming crew of fire engines, ambulances and police cars. To say it was deafening is an understatement! Eliana wanted me to hold her and I covered her ears while she squeezed her eyes shut.

The boys got lots of candy and pencils, which made them happy.

We really missed seeing our family but settled for a quiet family BBQ which included watermelon (mmm) and later on, this patriotic dessert! I layered homemade vanilla pudding, cool whip and berries onto some pound cake. Delicious!

On Friday, I packed up my crew and Baby C, whom I now watch a few days a week, and we went to the park before it got too  hot. The boys pretty much spent the entire time riding their scooters in the basketball court.

Samuel loves to be outdoors!

Zakkai alternates between his new bike and his scooter all day:)

Eliana refused to wear her cute hat, instead opting for one of the boys hats:)

And yesterday, we got to celebrate our sweet Samuel, who is now a big EIGHT year old! He got the royal treatment all day:) He requested homemade blueberry muffins. Mmm!

We treated him to his first “Happy Birthday” song and a candle. You can never have too much singing on your birthday!

  Happy kid!

Then later, we let him pick a place to eat lunch before we went to see a movie! He picked (much to B and my’s chagrin) McDonald’s. We didn’t say anything though because we wanted him to be happy!

Eliana sure enjoyed her rare treat of a Happy Meal! The perfect thing was that they all got a Despicable Me 2 toy in their meals which was fun since that was the movie that we saw! Eliana’s first movie in a theater:) It was a very cute movie and we all enjoyed it! Samuel was having such a great time.

We came home and got to work on Samuel requested birthday dinner, crepes! He adores crepes and I don’t make them often since it is a lot of work and takes forever. We like to have sweet crepes with homemade vanilla pudding and fruit (this time strawberries, blueberries and banana slices) and savory crepes with scrambled eggs and sausage links. Samuel was SO happy:)

And then I made him a strawberry cake! It turned out pretty good, although I was too full from dinner to eat even half of my piece.

Samuel was so happy yesterday and I’m pretty sure he felt special:) They were up late and Samuel asked me to come and tell him when he was officially 8 years old. About 10 minutes after we tucked them in bed, I crept in to find him sitting in his bed waiting for me. I gave him eight kisses, which he loved. I cannot believe that he is so big already. I got really teary when I hugged him tight goodnight, just thinking about how special he is to us.

Later, before I went to bed, I made my usual rounds checking on everyone and I found Samuel sound asleep…..with his birthday card from B and I clutched in his hands. So sweet! Happiest birthday to our Samuel!