Friday, June 19, 2015

Five on Friday: Hello Summer!

Wow! It's been awhile. It's been so hard to make it to the computer these days (not to mention our desk is covered in papers from lack of filing time). My coffee is sitting on a nice stack of post-its currently, yet I know there are two coasters here somewhere. 

Playing catch up with Five on Friday seemed like a good idea, so I'm linking up and sharing!

1. My sweet peanut turned 1 two weeks ago! It's so hard to believe. I want her to be my baby forever (although I wouldn't mind sleeping through the night at some point). We took our traditional last pics with our baby the night before her big day. 

Her birthday was fun and low key. N had a class party, we picked strawberries for her cake, and played at home.

 (Her name is Kenan Caroline, but we call her KC)

2. Last weekend we threw an ice cream social for her. We had four families come to celebrate and make ice cream sundaes. We picked up the ice cream from our favorite ice cream shop - Kilwins. Chris made fresh squeezed lemonade, our favorite summer drink. It was the first thing to go. It was hot, but I think everyone had fun.

 The party was almost over before we realized KC didn't actually get any ice cream. Strawberry was a hit!

 I hung 14" lanterns in our patio tree (and had a slight cafe light hanging disaster). The lanterns were a huge hit - KC kept saying ball and watching them blow in the breeze. I've left them up all week she's loved them so much.

We didn't actually get KC a present but she was not deprived in any way.

3. Baseball is finally over, and N's team won the tournament. It has been a looooong season. We finished up the season with three games in four days (because 7 year olds need a double elimination tournament...). It was an intense week, but they won! Our team was a lot of fun, half the time they had no clue if they won, they just played to play. This team was also very very sweet. If players were discouraged, they encouraged. I saw this first hand when Neland couldn't get on base after a hit, every kid in the dugout talked to him and gave him a pat on the back. 

KC is obsessed with balls. She spent a lot of time around the dugout. The boys would entertain her and talk to her. One player even yelled, "Can someone else come play with the baby? I'm up to bat." That made me laugh.

4. N finished 1st grade! The teacher ended the year with a play of The Giving Tree, songs, poems, and a twenty minute slideshow of the year. Not a dry eye in the room. We start summer officially with snocones, and have been at the pool almost daily.

5. Chris and I celebrated 10 years of marriage last week. Chris took the day off and we took all the kids to dinner at our favorite spot. I wouldn't call it a romantic dinner, but it was definitely "us." We'll have a dinner date out this weekend without the crazies. If you'd asked me ten years ago how we'd celebrate our 10 year anniversary, I would have answered a return trip to Italy where we honeymooned (for 5 years we would have gone to Hawaii). Instead at 5 and 10 years we've had little ones that we haven't felt comfortable leaving (another thing I would have never predicted about myself). Maybe in another five years we'll have a big trip (or another baby - ha!).

Happy Happy Friday! I hope your summer has been going well and you are looking forward to a fun weekend (or a relaxing one, whichever you need).


  1. We are lovinggggg the decor you had put together for the ice cream social! Don't mind if we steal an idea or two :)

    Happy Friday! The Southerndoe

  2. What a cute party! An ice cream social is so much fun and perfect for a summer party.

  3. That swimsuit and romper adorable! Happy birthday to your sweet girl, it looks like you had a blast!

  4. What a cute little birthday :) I love it. Happy Friday!!
    Chelsea @

  5. What a fun ice cream social! KC is absolutely adorable!

  6. Love the ice cream social!! I can't believe KC is one already though, that really flew by!! Looks like you all have been busy with the big boys and congrats on 10 years!

  7. I can't believe KC is one - such a big girl. I love her little ice cream outfit. And I love the ice cream social idea with all the toppings. Poor girl almost got jipped with no ice cream :) We have been at the pool all the time too - well, I guess all weekends - Olivia loves it!