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In the past we have gone to the beach with our friends at the beginning of the summer, but due to family schedules we ended our summer at the beach this year. While the trip was far too short, it was just what we needed before school started!


The Fabulous Five!

Five of the greatest kids you will ever meet! Each with their own special talents and quality’s but all wonderful!

Hard to believe these two are now in 4th grade and almost 10 years old!

The cutest trouble makers of the bunch

Everyone in for an evening swim

Fun on the lifeguard chair!

I love Kaitlyn in this one! She cracks me up!

Future Surfers!


Rachael striking a pose!

Look Ma we dug a hole! And are going blind while you take the picture.

More sand creations.

The girls hard at work!

Mark my words, these two will rule the world together one day! We call them the Dynamic Duo!

Who needs a beach chair? Just dig a hole!

Enjoying some downtime


Silly boys!

BFF’s

I love those 5 little munckins in the front more then anyone could imagine.

Me with the peeps- goodness I need some eye cream STAT!

Sure sand throwing, why not!

Jax’s perfect sand ball!

Body ,or as it looks in the picture, knee surfing

The three amigos!

As I look at these 5 kids, I can only hope that no matter what friends they make, what paths they choose, and the 5 different directions that their lives will take them, they know they have this little group that will always support them though the good times and the bad. And when life gets hard they can always cherish that simple time at the beach together, away from everything, and everyone, except each other.


Sadly all good things must come to an end, but this really was just another beginning.
Morning breakfast on our way home.

Last Saturday Little Arthur was 3wks old and his immune system was up and running enough to where we could go and meet him in person! We were all so very excited as we have been spending more time then I would care to admit watching him on the puppy cam! Sadly Mike was out of town, so my Mom came with us. He was cuter and better then I could have ever imagined!

He’s a pudgy little thing and so soft and cuddly!


We couldn’t get enough the boys were practically fighting over him.

Ethan is most looking forward to teaching him cool tricks and likes to watch training videos on YouTube.


Jax is just Jax and is just thrilled to be getting a puppy! He did say he’s going to brush him, but for money of course. LOL!

Awe… Look how cute!
I wonder how many things that cute little mouth will eat?!?!
hmmmm……

However, I am sure that much like Jax’s dimples serve him, that cute little face will be quickly forgiven.

And me, well I am over the moon about having a new baby in the house. With the boys getting so big and  independent I am looking forward to have a new little love to take care of.
Remind me to read this post when he’s destroying my house or driving me batty!

We have had so much loss in the past few months and he is going to bring us all so much joy!

And despite all that joy, I  know he will also bring, destruction, messes, hair, vet and grooming bills too.

But he will be worth it for the laughter, responsibility and fun that he will bring to us and our entire family! Especially the boys who for them, Arthur will be their boyhood puppy that they raise and remember for a lifetime. The boys love Florence, but Jax doesn’t remember her as a puppy and really she is more of an “adult” dog. She likes to cuddle with the boys, but doesn’t really play with the boys.
A month from today he comes homes and we get to go visit again in two more weeks. Until then you can find me watching the puppy cam!

P.S.
He took his fist real steps two days ago!!!

Oh stop laughing its the little things in life that sometimes bring the most joy!
Here are a few cute pics snapped from the puppy cam.

Milk coma!

OMG I can’t move, I ate too much!

Mama just giving up! Arthur is sleeping under her tail!

Little sister Jill was still available on Saturday. Shes smaller than Arthur, and oh sooo sweet!

I cannot believe summer is over and that the boys started back at school yesterday! I also don’t know how I ended up with a 4th and 1st grader! WOW time really does fly by!!

My big 4th Grader!!

Hard to believe he only has this year and next before middle school!

And of our course my baby who is in 1st grade! Sniff sniff!

He’s so cute and was so very excited to be in an actual “grade” this year!

And of course we had to get in there with our boys!


Since we still had all of their supplies to drop off and they line up at separate entrances to the school, I went with Jax and Mike went with Ethan.


It was probably good that Mike went with Ethan as I cry every year! By the time time I peeked in on him, he was somewhat settled and in great hands so I didn’t cry! GO ME!!!

The boys loved their teachers and aside from sitting still all day, they both had great days and were excited about going back today!
Here’s to another great school year!!!

After such a fun hike on Sunday the boys and I decided to head back to Patapsco State Park, but with our Bikes! So we loaded them into the van and off we went. It was a beautiful bike ride down a paved path that ended at a bridge with a huge waterfall along the way.

The ride went along the river and was just beautiful!

It was a perfect day for a bike ride and the boys did great! It was 2.5 miles to the bridge, and 2.5 miles back. The path was pretty flat and I believe it was the furthest both boys had ridden on any one given ride. I can’t imagine a nicer way to spend the morning then riding with my boys along the scenic river!

And after such a great morning ride, we decided to hop on our bikes later that afternoon and ride the 2 miles each way to the local frozen yogurt place.

I love that the we all have bikes and love to ride together. Its a great way to spend quality family time and do something healthy at the same time!

Our family has been all over the place and last weekend Daddy was away in NY for a golf tournament in honor of my cousin Troy and so the boys and me had a few days to kill together before we left for OC and the summer was over.

Sunday morning we decided to try out the new Ihop that just opened. It was enjoyable, but you can tell they just opened and are still working out some of the kinks. Excuse how awful I look, it was early, and I was un-showered, and didn’t have makeup on. Trust me its not pretty, but my boys don’t care!

Jax was freezing so he decided to cuddle with me while we waited for our breakfast!

After having a delicious breakfast we headed home. We were all pretty full, so we decided a bike ride to the school playground would be a fun way to help our tummy’s digest. We had a blast biking around the school and playing on the empty playground!

What’s that saying? “Not my Monkey’s not my Circus?”

Totally my Monkey’s and the best Circus EVER!

We were having so much fun we decided to ride to GORC park to play on that playground. That didn’t last too long, but we enjoyed the bike ride!

We finally headed home, enjoyed some down time and then met up with Aunt Nicole and Cousin Lucas for a hike at Paptasco State Park later that afternoon.


It was a beautiful hike!

The boys loving hanging out together and had a blast!

After a great hike we headed to my parents for a dip in the pool. After such a great exhausting day, the boys slept great!! I love being active with the boys and we had such a great day!

SkyZone!

As summer was quickly coming to an end,  I was looking for something fun for the boys to do. All year I keep seeing people post pictures of their kids at SkyZone, so we booked the first open time slot and after a long morning of waiting off we went!
The boys LOVED It!!!! OMG what a great way to let them burn of energy!!

Here’s a short video of Ethan making a basket! I love the huge smile at the end

And Jax bouncing, but just missing

They had so much fun!! I can’t wait to take them back!

The smiles were just priceless!!

Ocean City 2014

Below are some of my favorite pics from our family vacation in Ocean City!

And we are off!

First things first…Hit the beach!

Enjoyed a great dinner with Judy our first night there!

Beach Bums!

My little helper!

Awe, my loves!

Mini Golf!

Special treats!


Boardwalk games and snacks!


Forever and always my baby!


Surfer Dudes!

Silly Bean!

Headed in for Dip!

My redheaded baby!

Awesome day at the Waterpark!


Magic show on a rainy day! Jax got to go onstage.

Assateague  boat tour



So cool watching old fashioned taffy being made!


Had so much fun playing lots and lots of football on the beach!



Sunrise on a beautiful morning! Took us three mornings to actually get up early enough to get the pics


So much fun with the all you can ride band at Trimpers!




We are such bad parents and put them on the zipper!

What makes us even worse as we just kept laughing!



Well deserved Orange Twists!

Jax’s favorite Ride!

Ethan’s favorite!

Fun on the beach!

Sandcastle Number 1


How to get the bucket back up to the condo!

OMG Too many bubbles!!!

So excited to pick a few crabs!

Family snuggle time!

Giant Sandcastle Number 2!
5 Towers!!

Mama actually helped this year! And then got into the Ocean!


Our favorite shop of the summer!


Happy Hour on the beach! Where everyone is happy!

Beautiful Sunset!

Our last night in OC!

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