July 6, 2015

Our Fourth

This was our first 4th of July together as a family in three years, so I wanted to get out and enjoy the festivities. We headed to Marshall, Michigan, a beautiful historic town close to us, for their bike & pet parade around the fountain. Then we went to the old-school Denny's for a late breakfast. After relaxing at home the rest of the day, we picnicked and watched the fireworks with my family in Coldwater. It was perfect!















July 3, 2015

A Birthday Picnic

For Dede's "real" birthday, we made fresh squeezed lemonade and packed up a picnic lunch. I told Dede that she could pick whatever park she wanted for us to picnic and play at. She chose the little one right across the street :D
 











Lincoln loves to find bugs.




These next two pictures accurately sum up their relationship :)



July 2, 2015

Delia's 4th "Brave" Birthday

We knew we had to have a birthday party this year for Delia, since she's never actually had a birthday party (that she can remember at least). After planning and throwing Mollie's party, I was feeling pretty done with party planning, so Stu volunteered to do most of the planning! That took a lot of stress and pressure off of me :) When it came down to it, we worked together to throw a special Brave-themed birthday party for Dede. 
 
I made Dede a Merida-inspired summer dress using the same pattern I had used for Mollie's witch Halloween costume last year.

 
We got meat from Dickey's BBQ, and had traditional BBQ sides, thanks to Uncle Matt who basically catered the party :D


Just like Mollie's party, it was all family who came. I LOVE having a big extended family here!


We kept it simple with the cake and ordered one from our grocery store.



This is the only picture you can see the fabric strip bunting I made with a variety of flannel plaids from Joann's, and some I had on hand. We bought a few yard of burlap for the table cloth, and some burlap ribbon that Stu spotted that were the perfect Brave colors.






The kids enjoyed finding miniature slugs..

..and playing with sparklers.


Stu's wooden bean-bag target was a big hit..

..with the men :D.

It took a lot of work to get this smile. It's not as easy as just saying something in a silly voice anymore :)