I apologize in advance for the boatload of photos in this post. A lot has happened in July, and most of it was documented with my iphone camera.
Since we are slowly working on accomplishing our summer of realistic dreams, we tackled Cate's top choice- suspending a stapler in jello. Fortunately, I had a spare red stapler and bought a few boxes of green jello, so...
Needless to say, I had to trash the stapler after all was said and done. And no, we did not eat the jello.
I went out to lunch with some friends for a birthday and Alice and her BFF Lily asked me and Alison (Lily's mom) to text them a selfie and this is what they sent back to us. Funny girls!
On the fourth we headed over to Lake Oswego for some family fun. Alice made sure to wear her holiday lipstick for the festivities.
Cate and Alice made the traditional flag cake.
We relaxed on Grannies new chaise lounges.
We gorged on our annual KFC meal. We only eat KFC once a year and it has to be on Independence day.
We boated, along with every other person in the city. Busy day on the lake!
These people made an awesome contraption. I think the guys in the back had the right idea.
It was windy, so I got crazy!
Then we headed back home so we could join in on the neighborhood 4th of July party.
It was fireworks for hours. We sure love our neighbors! We are a lucky family to have such a wonderful neighborhood to be part of. Lucky us!
A couple of days later we bid a fond farewell to Kaitie, one of our dearest friends, as she departed for her 18 month mission in Charlotte NC.
We took lots of goodbye photos.
Emma and Alice love my parents dog, Moses. He's like a small horse.
Emma and Alice went to girls camp after that. It was totally bittersweet for me since I'd gone with them for the past 4 years, but, as they say, all good things have to come to an end.
Luckily, I got to visit them one night while they were there. So fun to see them and their friends having a blast and soaking it all up.
This was Alice's cabin.
And, this was Emma's.
Here's the infamous hug line. I hate the hug line. One year at camp I did all in my power to try to get rid of it. No dice.
I have been working on a lot of little and big project around the house this summer. I sanded down and repainted this dresser for Alice's room.
I also found this. Kept it. Didn't have the heart to sand over it.
I have also spent a ridiculous amount of time mingling with the smelly guys that work at Fry's. We went through a massive laptop debacle with Cate's new laptop and after 8 weeks, half a dozen phone calls, and 4 trips to Fry's, we finally got it all worked out. And, now I can say with complete certainty, if you need help with your laptop purchase go straight to Abdul. He's the best!
Cate had her last Sunday in Young Womens. She is doing a short stint in the nursery until she leaves for college.
Here she is with her friends and leaders.
Just a quick pic of what Alice had in her purse at church. I think she had a cold that day.
These girls often find themselves dressed alike on accident.
Emma went on her first ever date with a boy named McKay. She had a blast, but doesn't want to talk about it. Emma is a word conservationist.
Wesley and Spencer like to drink milk out of mugs. I. Can't. Handle. It. The normal people rule is this: You drink hot beverages out of mugs and cold beverages out of glasses. Period.
The boys also went to Spence's 11 year old scout camp out. Spencer was a bit excited!
It was my sisters birthday and this is the only photo of her I got. Sorry Mere!
I made these again.
And, Emma made these...
Wes and I went here to celebrate our anniversary.
And, it was my birthday. 41 years strong!
And, I'm painting everything I own white. It's driving Wes nuts.
One Saturday morning we took some of the cousins to the L.O. farmers market. We travelled there by boat. So Lake Oswego of us.
Whew. If you got through all of that, then your too kind.