This "sweet thang" turned 6 this year and we kicked off our summer with a "PAW-TY" at the park with a few of her school friends and Uncle Marc. She had a blast and got to eat a whole plate full of edamame for supper (in addition to her slice of cake and candy-covered icecream from Sweet Frog's).
One night we went out for dinner to an all-you-can-eat sushi place and I believe that Riles almost put them out of business! He and Chris went to town on nigiri sushi (not to mention squid salad, crab ragoon, and an eggroll!).
The kids got to celebrate meeting some special goals by going to Chuck E. Cheese!
June was full of swim lessons with Mrs. Heather! They got stronger and more comfortable in the water every day! Maggie was working on treading water for 10 seconds and Riley was going for 30 seconds!
For our 13th anniversary, Chris and I went to Dressler's and had some amazing fish dishes! Then we stopped by Grapevine on the way home for some live music and another adult beverage! :)
For the 4th of July, our Shiland Hills Pool had so many fun events (photo booth, merchandise sale, live band, bbq plates for sale, watermelon eating contest, cornhole tournament, greased watermelon, etc.) We are so thankful we've gotten to enjoy this fun pool and meet lots of new kids and neighbors!
These two "stars" continued their fun at Grandmama and Papa's house later as we cooked out and shot fireworks with Aunt Connie.
We went on Monday, July 16th to visit Mommaw and Poppaw in the new nursing home that they were being moved to. Mommaw's dementia had gotten so bad that she forgot that she could open her eyes. Mom helped her and she brightened up seeing the kids and asked for kisses!! Poppaw loved the cheeseburger and bag of candy that we brought for him and though, you can't really tell in the picture above, we think he was happy to see us (as we were him). Unfortunately, that would be the last time we would see Mommaw. She passed away a week later. We're going to miss her funny jokes, soft laugh, mischievous talk, and generous love!
We found Maggie a new hairdresser who has curly hair too! She straightened her hair and gave it a trim. Pictured above are just some of the current hair products that I've been using on Maggie and Mrs. Carol gave us a whole list of new things to try too. I love that she took the time to explain why God made curly hair (to protect soft heads) and kept her entertained with snacks and shows! She was also a godsend when Maggie's hair got completely knotted up in the biggest tangle I've ever seen. She told me to use olive oil and heaps of conditioner and then work through it with a wide-toothed comb. Sure enough, an hour and half later, her curls were back (pictured above). We went to her later that week for the trim that will helpfully ward off bad tangles like that for awhile!