Friday, July 04, 2014

JULY 4th! So MUCH to celebrate today!

Today we stop to thank the LORD and All those past and present Military men and women & families for their sacrifice and service to make our country what it is today! It's because of all your sacrifices that my family is able to worship FREELY today and we are forever grateful for all you've done! THANK YOU! HAPPY 4th Of July, our INDEPENDENCE DAY!

We started our morning as a family out on the deck doing  Quiet Bible reading and devotions!

Then we played a mean-game of Candyland!  Bean WON!!!

The girls holding up the VERY SPECIAL Craft Peanut made at a friend's house last week while we attended a funeral! 

I got my workout in this AM before the festivities and hit a HUGE weightloss milestone! I'm OFFICIALLY DOWN 60# since starting THM (Trim Healthy Mama) on 9/1/13.  Praising God for this lifestyle change for myself and my family! 

Shopping with Daddy for fireworks!

We have the girls wear headphones to cover their ears and allow them to enjoy the fireworks more!

Bean opening up her special Third birthday gifts from Aunt Laura and family

We're SERIOUS about our fireworks on Ernie's Mom's side of the family! We come prepared with BLOW TORCHES to light our punks and snakes!

Peanut's first year to use her OWN punk to light smoke balls with!

Picnic dinner with cousins!

Chasing the parachutes Daddy launched!

Daddy and His Dad (Grandpa)

Grandma Loving on Bean

Great-Grandma loving on Bean

Sparkler fun

Our private stash for the show Daddy put on back at Gpa and Gma's house in the country!

It was such a gorgeous nigh out, the girls needed jackets!

Mama spotted a frog in the garage, so Grandma picked it up for the girls to pet!

So excited to be sleeping OVERNIGHT at Gpa and Gma's house!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Family Memories

I introduced the family to one of the FAVORITE stomping grounds when I went to college downtown! The same woman is still running the shop! I was a bit disappointed at the lack of choices, but we weren't able to go until the afternoon and most of her donuts were sold out! Ernie loved the pastries we dropped off to him at work, and the girls LOVED their cookies!

Time to try out the new-to-us Single jogger for Bean while Daddy and Peanut ride bikes in our neighborhood tonight!

I caught Bean looking out the window to try and see the fireworks she was hearing instead of being in bed like I thought she was!  Little stinker! 

Date with my love!

Thankful and blessed with a small date tonight with my love! I love getting dressed up together and just going out somewhere to sit, and talk! Tonight we ventured out to Jones Bros. cupcakes and my love introduced me to the Cronut (I had one bite)! (According to Wikipedia) "A Cronut is a croissant-doughnut pastry invented and trademarked by Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City. The pastry is made by frying a laminated dough in grape seed oil. The fried pastry is then sugared, filled, and glazed!" It was A-MAZ-ING!!!! It was truly a joy to just talk about life and our dreams together tonight and relish in 1:1 time together! I highly recommend all couples setting aside special date-times together whenever you can sneak some time in! 

All dressed up and ready to go out with my love!

My love tried the Cronut and the Red Velvet cupcake!

I enjoyed an amazing sweet and salty cupcake!