Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Mermaid Party

 We celebrated Peanut's birthday with some of her buddies a few weeks ago.  We did this party early so we could include some friends who are moving away.  Peanut wanted a mermaid birthday so mermaid it was and at the local splash pad.  

 We had fish crackers, oyster cookies, starfish pb&j, "water"melon, and birthday cake.
 We had a ball with Peanut and her buddies!

Even a deep sea creature made an appearance!  Ha!

Celebrating Friendship

When our family moved to this community I didn't know a soul.  Five years later I am just so incredibly blessed with great friendships all over the spectrum of what that word means.  These ladies below are so special to me.  I love them dearly and count them as a huge reason why I love our community.  Sadly though the two in the middle in the front row are moving away.  We knew one was leaving then suddenly it was two.  Gah!  That was a lot to take in.  But they are moving on according to God's direction for their families.  Their husbands are pursuing God's best for their families so how can you not support that.  They are going to be missed greatly.  I don't look forward to the upcoming year without them here but I do know that God will watch over them and take care of them as He will us!  And friendship isn't over!  No way!  It's just being stretched!
Love you girls!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Life Cycle of a Tree

Last week the girls and I headed off to Paynetown SRA at Lake Monroe to go on a guided hike with a naturalist.  We learned all about the life cycle of a tree:  seed, sprout, sapling, mature, snag.  It was a beautiful morning and a relaxing way to start our day.
 Halfway through we stopped at an amphitheater where our guide read The Giving Tree and did an activity with the kids to help them remember the life cycle of a tree.  They also got to use a cedar cookie to make a cool necklace.  

We truly live in a beautiful area!  I don't want to take that for granted!

Rainy Day Fun

So the other day we didn't have a thing to do and it was a yucky rainy day.  After trying to play outside but realizing the rain was winning, we headed in to work on some of the things on our summer fun list.

Check out that huge bike!  She loves that thing and is so proud of it.  :)
Splashing around in the rain before heading in to work on some fun activities.

We made salt volcanoes and fireworks in a jar which were really cool!

 We worked on salt paintings.  
Cosmic sun catchers were so cool and really easy!  
Daddy also got in on the following fun.  
We made Lego marble mazes which we all spent quite a bit of time working on together.  
This was really fun.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Messy Mania

Tis the season for friends to be moving on.  That's the nature of this town we live in.  It is very transient.  Last week another friend of ours invited us to go to Messy Mania to spend some time before they move.  Of course we had to accept.  We love their sweet little girl who spent a lot of time with us a few years ago when we babysat for her.  

In the process the girls and I also discovered a really awesome park with a very cool updated playground.  We visited this playground when we first moved to town and it was so run down and just not taken care of.  Now it is beautiful.  The girls kept climbing on the equipment and asking, "What am I supposed to do on this?"  That was the point to figure it out for themselves.  Very cool!

 We also took part of Messy Mania put on by our parks and rec department.  Basically it was a morning of very messy activities to do in the great outdoors which meant parents didn't have to worry about the mess in their house!  Awesome!
 Finger painting with chocolate pudding.  YUM!

 Peanut LOVED getting messy and covered with goo in each area.  
Pumpkin stayed neat and clean.  
 Our little friend also had a blast getting covered with all the messy stuff.
So much fun and a beautiful day!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sleep Over

These sweet little girls have been such sweet friends to our girls.  Their mom and dad are pretty special to us too.  They are packing up and moving eastward though in a few short days.  We are so sad to see them leave but very thankful at how God is taking care of them and providing.  We got to help out their mom and dad by keeping them for a night which means SLEEP OVER!

We spent some time at our local splash pad playing and cooling off.  The rest of the evening included pizza, movie, pedicures, homemade cookies, and giggles way past bedtime.

We had a blast together and are thankful for these fun memories that we could create.  

During the movie, Pumpkin looked at me and said, "Mommy, it's no fun when best friends have to move away."  She's right but there is talk of emails, letters, visits, and things that will sure help them to stay in touch.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Indianapolis Zoo

On Wednesday the girls and I headed north to go to the Indy Zoo with a friend.  We hadn't been to the zoo in probably two years so it was a great day with perfect weather.
It was so nice of the polar bear to pose so nicely for us. 
We had a ball checking out the new orangutan exhibit.  That orangutan in the below picture put on quite a show for us.

We got to see him up close after his trip across the ropes.  He was plum wore out!

Nothing like spending the day with a sweet friend and her precious baby!

Peanut rode her first roller coaster.  It's a small one but she did it and all by herself.  She was so excited to do it.  This pic below shows her face on the first hill.  I was worried she was going to freak out but she didn't.  

When she got off, she looked like this.  She told me, "I was really nervous when it went down that hill but I knew there was nothing I could do about it."  Love her attitude!  She's ready to add roller coasters to our life now.  Ha!
We had a really great day!  So thankful!