Keeping these kids busy all summer… either it was Kroger Chef Jr with the bigs, lake days with friends, library activities like Wild Bird day (oh and the books, of course the books!), Waumba Land shenanigans and birthday treats, cousin Tyler’s birthday and Bey Blades!, and a beautiful not-too-hot day at the Gainesville Botanical Gardens to just enjoy being outside without sweating as much as usual. The summer has been very good to us.
Golfcart parade with candy, naps with Daddy, laketime with swimming and jet-skiing, yard races, smores (of course), hibachi (of course), and then back to the house for some fireworks and sparklers. It was a full day of fun with Grandma and Grandpa celebrating our freedom… what makes America great.
We started off her actual birthday with a bang! Well, a pancake bang! Grace helped Daddy make his famous pancakes and Summer got a special #2 pancake which she added syrup and quickly ate. While she napped, I let the older 3 make slime… which ended with them throwing it away because it was such a mess. Then we took to Chick-Fil-A for dinner with their SUMMER shirts on (repurposed from her 1st birthday pics)! After Racetrac ice cream (which is free all June and July for kids) we decided today was a great day for the Fair they had set up at the outlet mall. $100 later, all the money I saved for her birthday party was spent on rides, cotton candy and games that got each kid a little stuffed animal… basically, the best $100 spent. Hopefully next year, she will actually be able to ride some of the rides with her siblings 🙂
Then the Saturday morning later…. I leave Lila and Summer sitting on Lila’s bed in morning while they were reading… only to hear a loud screaming from Summer and a stunned-looking Lila a few minutes later… “Summer fell off the bed,” then it turned into, “we were jumping and she got knocked over,” and etc etc.. no one will really know what happened. She was not a happy camper. My little birthday girl was in pain. So we went to the weekend pediatrician, then the xray tech, then the urgent care to get casted… a buckle fracture of the distal radius and ulna. Luckily, she was a trooper until they tried to put the sling on her…. that didn’t last but maybe 2 minutes. She kept the temporary cast on until we could get to the orthopedist during the week.
So at this point, we were really late for our annual Sigma Nu get together that we had planned for a long while… so what do you do with a kid that just got a fracture and hasn’t napped? You drive 2 hours to a pool party that the aforementioned kid can’t even swim at! Happy Birthday weekend Summer! 🙂
The Sunday afterwards, we had her family birthday party. A little cake that the kids made, some coloring, a few presents and our family there to love on my little 2 year old!
on 6/20/18 Enzo made his appearance into this world… with a congenital heart defect that we didn’t know how bad it was until he was born made it a very happy/worrisome time… I’m glad my sister let me be a part of my nephew coming into the world. She didn’t let me stay in the delivery room, but she spat him out pretty quick 🙂 He was beautiful and doing very well… they wisked him away to check him and his heart out, but that 1st minute or more that my beautiful sister got to hold my beautiful nephew was perfect. She had the glimmer in her eye… that glimmer you get when your holding your heart on the outside of your own chest… yeah, that one. He was perfect. I got to stay for a few days afterwards to touch him and sing to him (the only song I know all the words to: Silent Night) and help Dawn out with something that I am accustomed to: post-partum! Got to see Tilly and hang out with Sherry…. trying to keep everyone as happy as possible with less sleep and round the clock shifts at the NICU. The new part of 4 family is doing great… and Enzo didn’t need an immediate surgery and ended up getting to leave the hospital in about 2 weeks, going in for another ECHO at 6 weeks… and it’s a waiting game, but the worst, and the worser case scenario were thrown out… blessed be to God. Thanks to everyone and anyone who lifted up a prayer to keep this little boy happy and healthy.
From trips to the pool with the golf cart and neighbors, falling asleep early, more pool trips, having our small group over with their families for a cookout and slip ‘n slide fun…. then Father’s Day to celebrate my dad, Grandpa, at the lake and hanging with our Daddy at church and letting him golf with Uncle Zach while Mommy works so Aunt Terese watches over all 6 cousins… it’s been a good summer so far… I can’t believe that I have a 7/5/3/1 year old… and soon it’ll change … but for today… they are my joy.
Taking the kiddos to the splash pad with Grandma to have one good summer day after a really long couple of work weeks – we have had a therapist out every week since the last week of school so we have had to cover our own patients along with the therapist that is out so we have been crazy… since Grandma will be helping out with new nephew in Texas when my sister has him in a few weeks, she wanted to be around these silly 4 to watch them play and get really, really tired at the splash pad.
Sunshine, skiing, games, swimming, boating, jumping, climbing and relaxing… we did it all at Lay Lake. Grace and Emma learning to ski, Asher getting over his fear of the water and belly flopping into the lake… and peeing into it, Summer wanting to pretty much stay in the water at all times, the adults and kids playing games all weekend long, and getting some neighbor love to ride his jet ski and loves of fun!
Grace calls it quits with first grade and Lila and Asher finish out their year at the Montessori school..and Lila off to Kindergarten next year! Finally, getting 2 free!
Grace got to be a part of the special tennis with Dr. Tennies for her perfect attendance award and getting the High Achiever award for Miss Scheyer’s class…finishing a great year with a performance of reciting her Jumping Rope Shel Silverstein poem…and then Lila and Asher performing their songs (well, Asher performed the first one, and then just shrugged and made a frowny face the rest of the time. We made it through the last day of school!
Field day for Grace when I was away at my friend’s wedding…the week before school letting out… and then swinging Summer around!
The last day of school… the littles met Grace at the bus stop with water guns… then Miss Alison bringing the kids in the neighborhood to come shoot her with a water gun too 🙂
Going to my first Thursday wedding to celebrate Chris and Jenn…it was a beautiful week with weather that held off except for the the night before… we had a great girls weekend watching our fellow ADPi GT-er marry the love of her life… while enjoying no work, no kids, no worries… 🙂
Then getting 2 teeth pulled and then getting one taken for free while she was under some anesthesia bc she had another loose tooth… to make room for the expander she’s getting soon. She was a brave chick!
Mother’s Day weekend with my family at the pool with pizza, then some lake time and Hibachi with my mom, and some wine time with my man in the front yard to finalize the weekend.
Then some Mother’s Day love with my Mother-in-law and the family and our Christmas present to her was family pics so we finally made them happen on Mother’s Day weekend. Our big beautiful family 🙂
Nothing like a weekend at my parent’s lakehouse (which they let us use and got out of town for us to use)… then we went to visit the campus and take some “walk-down-memory-lane” pics at UNG. We went out on the lake and then to a winery for dinner and Blue Bicycle for dinner and back to the house to hang out and talk about the years we spent together and the years we have made families, gotten husbands, and become Physical Therapists… they are some of the coolest people that I would never gotten to know… unless she shared a degree. It’s amazing how God put us together from all different backgrounds, and families and accents 🙂 So glad I have these girls in my life!
My little family… Moby enjoying the spring time with not so hot outside and not so cool inside…so spending his time in the middle …. and then Adam capturing a moment with all the sqwearts praying at night. We usually only have the biggest 3, but Summer has decided she doesn’t need sleep as much as we would like for her to have, so she has been partying hard at night.. so we kept her up to do books and prayers and she is just too much… saying AMEN through the whole prayer… oh, my little heart. And then Lila playing peek-a-boo with Summer around the wall… Summer getting a huge kick out of it! I just hope these memories can bury themselves into my heart and stay forever… the LOL’s coming from Summer 🙂
Moby and I watching the sqwearts play in the sun while we stay in the shade…and then Summer making the kids do whatever she wants them to do 🙂 hahhaha, #bossbaby and taking a pic of the kids before we go ride their bikes to the playground… and I’m only pushing a single stroller now… because Asher is riding his bike (with some helpful pushes from his mother along the way up the hills) to the playground. I’m sure soon enough it’ll be no stroller, and 4 kids riding along the sidewalk… I can’t imagine and then I can imagine all in the same thought… they are all getting bigger and I haven’t had a baby again to distract me from the inevitable… time. My babies aren’t babies. (insert teary-eyed mom)
the love of my freakin’ life (who, disclaimer, I want to kill sometimes, or wring his neck, but at this moment, really truly love), turned 37 and I wanted to get his favorite people together at his favorite place and make a fun weekend happen. Unfortunately, his biggest brother couldn’t come up, but his parents and big brother and wife all met up to go to the Casino in NC for an overnight trip. Special thanks to Adam’s mom and dad who paid for a hotel for us and because his mom won a Jackpot before we even got there, she bought dinner too! It was actually our 11 year anniversary weekend before his actual birthday, but hey, I might not like gambling, but I love a reason to get a hotel, drink red wine and have fun with family! I might have taken off with Terese to go find a quiet spot outside to drink red wine during the daylight hours, but hey… we got to both enjoy ourselves! 🙂 And Adam still came home with some of his birthday money… so we call that a WIN!
Then on Daddy’s actual birthday, his sqwearts surprised him with a funfetti cake when he got home from work… the real reality of a birthday… the one that really sticks in your heart when you see and hear your 4 kids singing happy birthday to you… it’s a good 37 for sure Daddy!
It’s everyone’s dream to go to a school fair on a hot afternoon in April, but it was actually pretty fun! I know now to stand in line for the free face painting first because the line can get CRAZY… and yes, that’s s veteran-mom-thing-to-say… but for those of you that haven’t experienced this… you will and you will thank me…. you go there first! Then the kiddos got to play on all the other bouncy houses and slides… Summer all the while taking in the sights and eating all the snacks I packed her to distract her from the fact that she wasn’t big enough to play on all the other things her bigger siblings were partaking in… oh, and it was really freakin’ hot 🙂
Lila being Lila with sitting on her brother, Summer being Summer and trying to drive my car… and then Grace’s 1st grade field trip to Warbington Farms when her brother and sister could join. I am lucky I can take my Friday’s off work and take the kids to another kid’s field trip… and I’m lucky she still wants us all to come and join her.
and then going to Grace’s besties birthday party at the RV park for a fun night with her siblings in tow and then Grace got to stay for the slumber party… she came home with lots of stories and new friends with older girls (since it was Makayla’s sister’s birthday as well she had her older sister’s friends at the slumber party as well)… hearing from Grace about her new friends and the new games she learned made me tear up and feel nauseous all once…. my little girl isn’t staying little much longer….
Gracie getting upset that dinosaurs existed but not mermaids… trying to potty train a 21 month year old, haircuts, dinners that are so ordinary yet so not ordinary…
St. Patrick’s Day with a Lucky Charm breakfast, Compassion Experience in Canton, GA so that our kids can get a little bit of a dose of the realities that Irambona from Rwanda (the boy we have sponsored from age 8 until 18) and to see the differences in life and the power of giving… the list goes on and on… and Grace got the most out of it… she asked lots of powerful questions and understood the importance of giving to those less fortunate. Afterwards we stopped at a local Chick-Fil-A which never disappoints and then kept on driving to the Tellus Museum for a day to soak in the science! Dinosaur bones, meteorites, planetarium, science area for kids to see what light and magnets and energy are able to do… then we made the drive back home with the kids and asking them what their favorite
Payal and I drove down from Atlanta to Augusta to first see all of our friend’s new houses or revised houses that my friends now own in my former neighborhood we all grew up in… and got to see my second-parents who helped raise me – the Bailie’s – my next door neighbor’s parents who always fed me southern food and also let me just eat all of their food after school… but I kept their child out of trouble as much as I could 🙂 Then we headed to Brie’s parent’s lakehouse which I fully expected to stay in the house that I stayed in while in high school, which was kinda like a trailer… and I pull up to this amazing house… what?!?! So I guess they renovated it… or tore it down and rebuilt it. We just sat around enjoying the view and eating snacks… then we pulled it all together to take the two pregnant chicks (about 31 weeks) to go to Rhinehart’s for dinner where I can have my beloved crab legs, but this made Bailie and her baby not feel so well, so we had to take her back home and we went back to the house for some wine (well, for me), dessert and finally around 1am some sleep… though it was a short time, it was a great time to reconnect with some great friends.
Just an array of things happening at the Weart house over the last month… walks home from the school bus (when I didn’t forget Grace 😦 so mad at myself for that mistake but she took it like a champ), registering little Li for Kindergarten, goofing off at the playground and with Daddy, Mexican food and our baby being able to enjoy the salsa that is too hot for Grandpa, dentist visits for all 4 sqwearts, Chick-Fil-A night to celebrate Trent Basden’s birthday, a date night with all of the Sigma Nu’s but this time without the kids at Top Golf, celebrating neighbor’s birthdays, and eating Hibachi with Grandma… just a few of my favorite things that have been going on around this place…
So every 2 years we have been having a baby, which means meeting a deductible for the year… and every other year we have been meeting that deductible…well, this year we decided to take the money that we normally spent towards that deductible and go on a trip to Colorado! Well, we didn’t spend that much… but with 3 weddings and 4 colleges and retirement to plan for, we don’t use all that excess money… we gotta save! But we work hard, and I’ve got a lovely friend willing to let us come say with her who lives in Denver and we decided to just do it! We had a great vacation… Nichole, my friend from GT, let us stay with her but also went out of her way to show us around Red Rocks, let us use her car when I made reservations for the wrong day, and directed and took us to several areas around the Denver area… letting Adam reconnect with Jacob, a friend from high school, and allowing me the ability to try new restaurants and try new things… and just enjoying the scenery that she sees on the daily. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as careful with my bag of almonds and tampons so poor Izzy girl had to go to the vet to make sure she was ok with pancreatitis and making sure she passed the tampon she ate… can you imagine feeling responsible for someone’s heart….well, Izzy is Nichole’s heart and I am so glad to report (a month later and a lot of money later) that she is doing better…. but seriously, worry about that poor dog daily.
Adam and I took a night away to travel to Winter Park, where Adam’s maternal grandfather used to work, and we tubed, snowmobiled, and skiied. The tubing was way more fun that Adam thought it would be (see, I told you so!) and the snowmobiling was beautiful! The view in Colorado was just breathtaking. The skiing was a bit more rough….my knee was throbbing after a few hours, but some Ibuprofen and wine made it all ok… oh, and a few days of miserable pain and swelling. But it was good to know that I still had it… I could still ski! I couldn’t or wouldn’t do the black diamonds, because apparently that means moguls, and there is no way in HECK I would do that to my knee! So we stuck to the blues and blue-blacks (which were groomed blacks) and finally called it a day when we couldn’t see because of the snow storm. Adam drove through the snow and made it back to Denver… I was kinda impressed with his skills and his ability to remain calm when any more snow than 1 inch in GA would have had me “snowed in” for days… but luckily, I had him. It was a great trip to see my friend and see some snow and then get back home to some pretty awesome kids that had a fabulous time with YaYa and Aunt Terese and cousins… I am pretty lucky to have an amazing friend and some amazing family…. and of course, pretty lucky to have my amazing husband who can fly down a mountain in record speed, and also speed down the hall to get me some popcorn when my knee hurts too much move… all of those things impress me. Thanks for bringing me home safe, Lord… I really missed my #sqwearts.
Yep, Valentine’s Day with organizing shelves… and when I say organizing, I mean giving up on organizing… grocery store shopping, car wash with the kids – they love to see if the guys working will wash their window, Daddy giving the kids a huge Hershey’s KISS and then we celebrated our evening together with me wearing no bra or no makeup, Meiomi wine (the-fancy-in-a-box-kind-of-wine) and probably some more HGTV.
Well, it was bound to happen… little Li turned 5! She is a spunky ball of energy, a force to be reckoned with … but the most sensitive little thing. She wants to be loved by all, she loves to belly laugh, she loves to eat really, really slow… the loves to sing and dance and will follow the orders of anyone older than her, besides her parents, and knows how to read and can just see things before me… she can just see and feel things that she shouldn’t be able to see and feel at 5… but she does. God has blessed me with this amazing, fiery red-head that makes me smile and go crazy every single day… when you see her smile, and see her angry face when she doesn’t get what she wants… you’ll know what I’m talking about 🙂
Daddy Daughter Date Night at the Gibson Co. for some painting and pics (insert lots of heart emojis here) … the girls wore their Christmas dresses from last year and the pearls that they wore around their naked bodies during their 6 month pictures on our dining room table… (heart strings tugged) I am so, so, so, so lucky to have them… only by the grace of God.
Some pics to remind me of the little things… Grace reading a chapter book, KidStuf with friends and cousins, Daddy and son time, gymnastics with the girls and our small group bringing some laughter with their masks from the infested sqwearts 🙂