Last Day of School Fun 2018

We are just over three weeks into summer break, but before we dive into all of the fun we've been having, I wanted to share the last day of school festivities we participated in.

Both kids were lucky enough to get two of the best teachers at our school.  They really are such fun, caring and thoughtful people.  The kids had such great school years thanks to these two.

Our street has a big block party every year and it starts with the parents arming themselves with water balloons and water guns and ambushing the kids when they get off the bus.   I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked, but these capture the fun pretty well.  

We are also very lucky to have a volunteer firefighter at the end of our cul-de-sac.  He brings the firetruck and hoses down the kids.

(click above to see the video)

The water fun is followed by a potluck dinner in the street.  It's such a fun tradition and the perfect way to kick off summer!


Moving Up the Ranks in Scouts

As you may have noticed, I'm trying to quickly post all sorts of events that have taken place over the last several months, but never got around to blogging about.  This blog has always been a nice way to keep family and friends involved in what we've been up to, but I also love that it serves as our family yearbook/diary/memory album.  So you'll be seeing lots of quick posts that are heavy in pictures and light on words.  :)  Next up, the kid's Scouting promotions.

Last month, Jonathan's Cub Scout Pack was promoted from Wolves to Bears.

 A couple of weeks later, Kaitlyn's Girl Scout Troop bridged from Brownies to Juniors.


Father's Day Camping Trip

On Father's Day weekend, our friends invited us to tag along for a night camping.  There really is no more of a perfect weekend for Ron!  He would have preferred a bit more primitive of a site, but the kids voted to go where their friends were going.  I was happy to have the extra company (and entertainment for the kids) for the night.

We left the house Saturday morning and headed to Burke Lake Park to stake out the perfect site.
Playing at the camp playground while waiting for our campsite to become available.

Once the campsite was all setup, we did some canoeing, some fishing and some chilling.


Our home for the night.  Our tent is on the left behind our car and our friends' is on the right.

Snuggle time with my favorite little man.

The girls waiting for their turn in the canoe.

 Mama even made it out on the canoe!

The best canoe captain!

Dinner time!

This guy loved sleeping in the outdoors!  He slept later than anyone and later than he normally does at home!
A quick game of corn-hole before we packed up camp.

We had a great night and everyone actually slept really well.  I'm sure Ron is already planning our next trip out!


Kaitlyn's Xcel Brozne State Meet

Kaitlyn's first competitive gymnastics season wrapped up in May.  We traveled to Williamsburg, VA for the Xcel Bronze State Meet.  She did amazingly well -- she got her first-ever 1st Place All Around!
Nana and Papa T were in town to root for their favorite gymnast.

Check out her performance in each event in the video below.

Her bestie, Emma, was there to cheer her on!

Our All-Around State Champion!!

One of her amazing Coaches.
Her final scores:

Her first season on the Xcel Brozne team has been a blast!  She's grown so much and has gained so much confidence.  We are so proud of her!
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