Monday, July 8, 2013

July 4 Weekend

 It was SO nice having Nick off for the long weekend, it truly was such a fun weekend.  We absolutely love our new neighborhood!  It's pretty small, about 200 homes, so everyone looks out for each other and we have become great friends with some!  When Nick and I started thinking about moving last year, I told him....I wanted a smaller neighborhood community so that everyone knew each other, I wanted to walk my kids to school, not have any thru-streets so my kids can actually play outside, have a nice walking trail, park, pool....I mean, that's not too much to ask, is it??  Ok yes, maybe I am a little high maintenance, but you know what?  We found that neighborhood!  We couldn't be more thrilled.
So for the 4th, we did a little neighborhood parade and then everyone gathered at the park area for hot dogs, snacks, drinks and fun stuff for the kids to do.
Our little family is kind of on the top left corner of this picture.  Nick is pulling the wagon and I'm behind the wagon.

 Even though Cole is the slowest bike rider known to man, he still did a great job and kept up pretty well.  Isn't he the cutest?  And yes, his bike is way small for him...maybe his next birthday present?

 All the kids even had a big water balloon fight, it was adorable!
After everyone headed home, we headed to the pool with a bunch of neighbors.  Nick was nice enough to take the kids back for naps so I could stay and hang out with a bunch of the girls.  It was so nice to just hang out and not have to worry about the kids and chat it up with the girls.  However, I may or may not have forgotten to put sunscreen on and possibly fried my stomach...oops!

Later that day, we headed over to Pete and Katie's for a BBQ.  We couldn't have asked for better weather last week, very unseasonably cool, so we were able to spend lots of time outside.
Finley with her boyfriend James....eating dinner together
 Sparklers!!
 We thought about letting the kids watch fireworks, but the fireworks that we could see from our house didn't start till 10:15 and the kids were pretty worn out from the days festivities.  Maybe next year.  After we put the kids to bed, Nick and I sat on our back patio and had a great view of the fireworks...that's what's nice about living on the green space.

The next day, Nick was actually able to come to Cole's last swim lesson.  He actually will have one more week later in July but this was the last one he will have for awhile.  Cole has gotten so brave and is now jumping off the board.  This is the kid that HATED getting his head wet and refused to put his head under the water.  He still prefers to keep his head above water but has definitely come a long way.

Also that weekend, us and Pete and Katie took the kids to a new splash park here in Frisco.  It was pretty cool and the kids were hilarious.  After the splash park we headed for burgers at Jake's.
Again....Finley and James on a date.  One of many!
 He looks thrilled :)

 We ended the long weekend with Beau and Stacey coming over.  We asked Beau to shave our dogs because it's starting to get very warm and they were long and shaggy.  Beau and Nick spent quite awhile outside grooming the dogs while Stacey and I chatted it up, and sipped on wine :)  The kids stayed up super late but had a great time together.  We are so blessed with their friendship!

Overall, it was such a great weekend and now I'm getting ready to head to Colorado for awhile.  Cannot wait to see everyone there!

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