Sunday, September 01, 2013

Other Summer Happenings

Other things happening this summer...let me think...oh yeah, did I mention that we are having another baby?

That's right!  As if we didn't have enough chaos in our house, we have decided to add some more.  Baby #4 is due in January and this little one below is super excited!  Actually, all of the kids are pretty excited.  It has been fun this time around as the kids are older and can appreciate it more.  They have been talking to the baby and giving the baby (i.e., my belly) lots of hugs and kisses.  Juliette talks about the baby all the time and is sure to say goodbye to both me and the baby when she goes into school.  And when Ben set the table for dinner the other night he set a small plate next to mine with a baby fork...the food on that plate was for the baby and I had to eat that food with the baby fork!  So everyone is getting excited!  I have been feel pretty good, although extremely exhausted during the first trimester.  Although, we definitely had a lot going on during that time anyway!  I think between the move, vacation, recovering from vacation and summer activities in general I would have been exhausted even if I wasn't pregnant!

We went to a very fun bbq at a friend's house, which ended up being a great time to start telling friends that we are expecting again.  Here are the group of guys!

Juliette got a big girl bike from Madgie and Patch for her birthday.  Luckily, they got it for her early so she has been able to enjoy it all summer!

We missed vacation bible school at our Church because we were in Alaska, but we found another one that the kids could attend.  Actually, this one may have been even better because they accepted kids ages 3 and up (which meant all 3 of them could go - Juliette would have been too young to go to the one at our Church) and it was FREE!  The kids loved it though and here is Juliette singing the songs at the end with the motions - so cute!

We went to Irish Fest.  Our good friends' daughter (in Ben's class) is an Irish dancer, so we got to go watch her and participate in all the fun activities, like face painting...

Balloon making...

And plenty of games to win silly prizes!

I also took the kids to Lake Arlington for a day where we went on the Paddle Boats.  This was a bit of a chore at first as both girls were scared and wanted to ride on my lap.  That meant that paddling was very difficult for me.  Luckily, Ben was so excited that he actually did most of the work!  The girls did finally relax a little though and enjoy it!

And of course they got to play in the sand while we were there too!

Something else exciting was that we got a visit from the Budweiser Clysdales!  I don't know why they came to our village, but it was a fun event!  They actually delivered beer to some of the local bars in our downtown and there was a large crowd to watch them!

They were pretty impressive - huge animals!

We went to a Boomers Minor League Baseball game with the scouts.  It was a lot of fun, but there was a rain delay and it was the night before the big city swim meet, so we actually didn't stay too long to see much of the game.  It is definitely something we would want to go back and do again sometime though as the kids seemed to enjoy it, especially Ben after playing baseball again this summer. 


Sorry this post was a little random, but just trying to mention a few of the fun things we did this summer in an effort to catch up!
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