Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer time fun!

 One of our Summer Bucket List items was to check out Lewisville State Park and swim in the river there. We finally made it out one Saturday and it was CROWDED. I thought John was going to turn the car around when we saw how full the park was, but we found a spot, found the river and ended up having a really good afternoon. The water was very cold, but the sun was very hot so it was a good mix. Afterwards we stopped at a mix your own frozen yogurt place to top off a super fun family day!

 Maddie and Izzie getting ready to go to their friend Esperanza's Horse Birthday party. Maddie chose jeans because of riding horses, but Izzie wanted to wear a party dress. I told her that was fine, but when it was time to ride horses she'd have to change. That was okay by her.

 We went to Esperanza's house for the typical birthday pinata and cupcakes and then caravaned over to the horse place.

 cupcakes. Yum.

 Izzie on a horse.


 The party was at Camas Camp and Ranch which is a 4H Club. So there were lots of other animals to pet too. Izzie holding a black bunny.

 Maddie was really excited about the bunny. She really wants a pet bunny one of these days.

 One of the goats had babies that were only a few days old and the girls got a chance to hold them. So cute!!!

 This material was originally a sheet from Mema's house. Then it became a curtain and now it is a very cute one piece. I added straps so she wouldn't have to worry about it tugging down, but I was very happy with the way it came out! I did it with no pattern. Maddie modeling for me.

 Maddie at the swimming pool. This summer we decided to forgo paying for lessons and so I took the girls to "open swim" several times. It is a 2 hour block of time and we spent the first 20-30 minutes in our own private lessons. By the end of the summer they can swim across the pool and float on their backs. We came a LONG way from day one!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Girl Scout Day Camp

~Izzie and Maddie playing Pirate~

 For the second week of July the girls went to a Girl Scout Day camp. The camp was about 5 minutes from John's work, so he worked it out where he went in a bit later in order to drop them off each day. They took their booster seats to camp and I picked them up in the afternoon. Both girls really had a fun time at camp. When I picked them up each day they were on a mile a minute about everything they did. When compared to Rewild Day camp they said they liked Rewild better because you got more free time to just play, but they loved all the activities and songs at GS camp. I think both were a hit, just both were also very different experiences.

 More slackline fun!

 Maddie and Izzie working on a fairy house. This summer was spent making many a fairy home.

 You can kind of see the hammock bed in this fairy house.

 While the girls were at Day Camp each day, I spent hours cleaning and organizing the garage for a big garage sale. We ended up not doing that great at the garage sale, but it was a relief to donate some items and make more room in the garage! Izzie and Maddie kept peeking in to discover new-old things that I kept uncovering.

 The last day of camp was "Twin Day." So Maddie and Izzie wanted to play it up and dress exactly alike down to their toes. It ended up not being a big thing, but they still had fun planning for it. Not to mention they got to wear the orange skirts that Nanna sewed for them close to two years ago. I'm surprised they still fit. She made the and then I promptly lost them. Like totally and completely *poof.* It was right during when we were packing for our move and they somehow ended up in a strange box that didn't get uncovered until I was cleaning out the garage. I'm glad they have the opportunity to wear them!

 I also found a couple of old adult size dresses that were given to me eons ago. They were neither my style or size so I cut them down to twin size! I made one yellow one and I got two red ones out of the reversible red dress.

 Random awesome sunset thrown in for fun.

 One of the red dresses. modeled by Maddie.

Izzie, Maddie.

 And as tradition dictates, Teddy and Bunny went to their own camp while the girls were away. Here they are playing with John's D&D dice. They found them in the garage.

 One day, I put Teddy and Bunny to work sorting toys in the garage. But they had a couple of friends from my childhood to help them out. Annabelle my cabbage patch girl and my Mandy doll.

 Bunny and Teddy playing a maze game.

 Having a tea party.

And goofing off. I bought the girls a crystal looking fan pull and Bunny and Teddy wanted to show it off.

Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4th

 Maddie and Izzie. Part princess part bandaid.

 I bought these IKEA bookshelves for the girls room but then stole them for the den. I think I want to put a couple more rows. They are great for our library books!

 If you squint your eyes and are very familiar with the My Little Ponies you will notice that these legos are actually Rainbow Dash, Pinky Pie, Twilight Sparkle and Rarity.

 Smoke Bombs on the Fourth. We opted for a relaxing stay at home day. We bought a few smoke bombs, a few sparklers and some of those small cracker things that you throw to the ground and they go Boom. We were considering going to a show but there is a REALLY big on at Fort Vancouver and the crowd is in the 10,000's of people. Sounded more like more trouble than it was worth.

 It doesn't get dark until really late here in July. Something like 9:45 to 10 pm so that means that we had some girls that were very impatient to start the fireworks. Not to mention it was way past their bedtime and they were tired. I saw this trick with putting their hands in a plastic cup with a small hole. Good thing! It really helped from getting burned.

 Izzie in the blue dress, Maddie and Daddy the blur.

Oh I guess we did get a couple that you light and walk away and they twirled and sparked on the ground. They were pretty neat, 

 And of course Bunny and Teddy could NOT miss out on the fun!

 Turned out that we didn't even need to go see a "big" firework display. Our neighborhood was plenty exciting. The firework laws are very, very loose here so pretty much any direction you looked there were giant fireworks in the air. It is pretty cool, but the fact that they go way into the night for a week before and a week after the 4th does dull the excitement.