Sunday, July 26, 2015

on the pontoon

 My friend Crystal and her husband, Jim invited the kids and I on a day trip with them to the beach! 
They have a pontoon boat, that the kids would just love, and they are great company! So, of course we jumped at it. 

The pontoon is so much fun. It's rough, and it is red neck. 
It has an "A-OOGA" horn, and it's painted in camo. You get the picture here, right? 
It. Was. Awesome.

As soon as we got to the beach where we would be having lunch, the kids couldn't wait to get into the water. There were minnows all over, so they grabbed their nets and their buckets and they went at it!
 This beach is so nice because the water is shallow enough that the kids can go a little ways without us having to worry (too much). 
 For the ones who weren't interested in the water, or needed a break, of course we had chairs. Submerged into the water.
 And a certain someone didn't move, almost all day. He liked being served kettle corn and relaxing with his toes in the water. Stinker.
 Gracie and Makayla had a great time. They jumped off the pontoon, and just swam all day long.

 We filled up on fire-cooked hotdogs and goodies, and just sat around and baked in the sun. The kids had a blast. 
Hanna loved the swings. She's my swing girl. 
This particular swing hung about 4 feet off the ground, so she couldn't even get on it herself. Once I got her on though, there was no stopping her. 
She flew.
 And I held my breath the entire time.

After we had enough of the sun for the day, we picked up and made our way back. We got back to their place and made hobo pies on the fire for dinner, and finished off the day with a camp fire, s'mores, and sparklers.

Matt was even able to stop by before work for some pies and s'mores. He brought along Kalli so she wouldn't be home alone all night.
She did great in the tent all night! 
We had a really great time with some really great friends. It was the perfect day!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Our Koda

Today we lost a great dog. 

Koda got sick, and in about a week, declined so fast, that we had no other choice but to relieve her of her suffering. 

She was my very first baby, and quickly became Matt's baby too, before we were even married.  
The three of us were a family, and we brought every one of our babies home to her, and if she had to, I know she would have protected all of us with her life. 

She was a gentle giant. Laid back, and friendly. She was one dog that got around with every other dog she met. 
We'll miss you Kodes girl. 
It wont be the same around here without you. 
 Koda O'Hara
November 8, 2004 - July 18, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

summertime means

In no particular order:
backyard bonfires
 wrinkly fingers and toes
 messy hair
 counting stars

 sandy hair
 staying up late
 popsicle stains
dirty feet
and most of all, some of the best days with my kids. 
Just loving summer vacation with my kiddos.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

outdoor fun

We've had a lot of fun with our wet/dry bouncer already this summer. 
The kids really get a kick out of it when I add dish soap. The bubbles are crazy and it makes it so much more fun and slippery! As an added bonus, it gets the kids clean!

I'll let the pictures do the talking!

 Unfortunately, I think that having a really busy couple of days with all of my nieces and nephews on it too, wore it out. 
I was hoping it would've at least lasted until the end of the summer, but it was fun while it lasted! I think the kids enjoyed themselves.