July started with our annual trip to the lake with the Palmatier side of the family. What a wonderful week. Noah's birthday was that week so we got to celebrate at the beach again and of course there was 4th of July in there as well. Bill's niece and her boyfriend joined us for a few days which was really fun, too!
Papa, Noah, Kylie and I came a day earlier than Grammy, Leah and Sukha (Waylon and Bill had to work some so they came halfway through the week) so we went straight to the beach when we got there.
|Do you think we had enough stuff for just the 4 of us!?|
|Cuties on the beach|
Kayaking with Papa...
The night before Noah's birthday, I decorated the house a bit so he was excited when he woke up...
|Last night as a 5 year old!!!|
|So excited in the morning. :-)|
|Look! Two hands!|
|A present from Grammy and Papa - a Harry Potter wand!|
|Beach time with my (pregnant!) dit|
Since Daddy had to work and couldn't be with us on Noah's birthday, we did Facetime with him while Noah opened his presents from us. :-)
|Family picture! :-)|
|Noah was so excited to get a DS game that he asked for - Luigi's Mansion|
|We decorated for dinner|
|Even Sukha got in the spirit!|
Nana and Grandad called to wish Noah happy birthday right as we were getting ready to sing, so they joined us over the phone! :-)
|Big wish before blowing out the candle|
Kylie has been on us about getting a dog. We are still trying to put her off but our days are probably dwindling. We still aren't sure whether time with Sukha helps by giving her a dog fix or hurts by making her want one more!! :-) Noah wants a dog too but Kylie is much more relentless about it. Funny since she was terrified of dogs for the first few years of her life!
Waylon arrived that night and Sukha did his best to try to get Waylon to want a dog also -- he still has some work to do there, although I know Waylon did enjoy playing with him! :-)
Waylon brought along a little something from Nana and Grandaddy - Noah was very excited about the Ninjago clock he picked out...
|Beach time with Grammy|
|Sukha got in on the action again!|
Dinnertime on 4th of July!
|Bill's niece Sarah and her boyfriend with Leah and Bill|
|Sharing ice cream with Papa|
|4th of July isn't over without sparklers!|
|"Reading" to Papa (the teaserhead) :-)|
|Snuggles for Sukha|
No lake trip is complete without a trip to the marina to feed the fish!
|I think Noah crashed this party - he's just getting them ready for parenthood. :-)|
|Grammy and Papa!|
|You can see Sukha swimming to the left of Leah and Bill here|
|A little break for Sukha|
|The lake is so much fun!!!|
|One last pic from the lake - in the bath!|
|I found this is Noah's school stuff from Kindergarten - a note to Aunt Leah. So cute! :-)|
|Kylie wearing my shoes. :-)|
|Love love love this picture|
|All Noah's friends!|
|So happy :-)|
This was a game where it looked like you were on a roller coaster and the chairs moved and you could fee air. All the kids liked it but Kylie LOVED it!
That night, the kids stayed up a little late on Saturday so I made them rest on Sunday before going over to Nana and Grandad's to celebrate Waylon's birthday - since we'd been out of town and had so many things going on in early July, we had to celebrate a litlte late. This is how I found them both after a few minutes....
|All my cuties!!|
|Happy Belated Birthday to Waylon!|
The following weekend, we left for a trip to Myrtle Beach with a bunch of neighbors - we had 6 families and I think 34 people! Crazy. As soon as we arrived, we met them all for lunch at Broadway at the Beach.
|All the kids|
|All the adults|
|Noah on the right and Ben on the left! :-)|
|So sleepy at the end of the night :-)|
|Snack time with Ben|
|Throwing the football with Daddy|
|Pool time with Ben and Liz|
While we were there, we got a text from Grammy and Papa saying they were in Raleigh looking at some condos! They went to see our new patio and sent us this picture from our house!! Too funny....
|Noah fell asleep with his hand in a doritos bag on Saturday!! :-)|
The adults had fun sharing these huge margaritas... :-)
|Our whole crew! Wow.|
Before we left town on Sunday, we had told the kids we'd do something but it was too overcast for the pool or beach so we went to play putt putt! Another fabulous trip!
When we got back, we finally got the finishing touches put on our room and we are so happy with the result!!
The following weekend, we had a party at our house for our birthdays. I don't have many pictures of the party because we were too busy having fun but I have two....
|Some of our neighbors made this for us! So cute!|
|Noah and Kylie spent the night with Nana and Grandad's house that night|
That night was the night before 1st grade for Noah!! The previous week, we had meet the teacher and found out that Noah got Ms. Carter - she just happened to be Teacher of the Year last year so we were pretty thrilled about that! She gave the kids a little note and some 'fairy dust' to sprinkle under their pillows then night before the first day to ease the jitters. He was very excited.
Noah was very excited about his first day! I could tell he was a tad nervous once we got to the school but I know it didn't last long!! He's doing so great and has already learned so much!
|Since we dropped him off the first day, had to get a 'getting on the bus' picture the second day :-)|
One last cutie patootie picture of Jonah! :-)