I have decided that Birthday’s on a Monday are stinky! They are hard to celebrate. But we figured out a way to make it a great birthday weekend filled with family, fun, and celebration!
The festivities began on Saturday night as we headed out to a new restaurant with my parents. It was a beautiful evening and the restaurant is on the water, so the long wait for a table was greatly enjoyed a the bar with drinks and apps.
My parents, who were kind enough to join us for the evening. We always have the best time going out with them!
When we did get a table, we were not disappointed, the food was fantastic!! I really can’t wait to go back. Funny enough though they didn’t have cake on the menu so we stopped at one of our other favorite restaurants for some delicious Smith Island cake! What’s a birthday celebration without cake? We gobbled it up before I could take a picture, sorry.
The next morning Mike, his brother Levi, my brother Jeremy, and my Dad all went and enjoyed Mikes new obsession…Golf
The guys played a round of golf and enjoyed a nice lunch.
Later that afternoon we went to celebrate another special little guy’s birthday, our nephew Vince, who was turning two!
Here he is playing with Aunt Susie, and the new fire truck he had just received. What a cutie he is!
After a great weekend of mini celebrations Monday came and so did Mike’s birthday. Sadly it was a work, school, and sport night for us, but I still decorated the house and made Mike his birthday Apple Pie!
Mike was able to come home early and enjoyed using his birthday gifts, new golf clubs, and a pass to the local driving range.
My brother Patrick was sweet enough to swing by, and just in time for singing and pie!
While it was a bit disjointed, I think Mike enjoyed a great birthday….despite the fact that it fell on a Monday!
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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!
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
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.
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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?!?!
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!
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.
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!
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