July 13, 2015

Shaun is SEVEN!

A month ago, this handsome boy turned SEVEN and then finished his last week of first grade.  He is growing up, off to second grade in the fall.  He is smart, sweet and silly!  He never hesitates to tell you that he loves you and flash you his best smile!

The Birthday Boy!
His winning smile!
Since he has grown so much we surprised him by upgrading him to a bigger bike.  There was a bit of a learning curve at first, but now he is riding like a pro! 

Shaun was REALLY concentrating on his wish!
Today was his well check.  He's healthy and growing like a weed!  He had the doctor in stitches with his "old man" ramblings about things that had nothing to do with the questions she was asking!  But that is totally Shaun and one of the things we love about him!

Height: 51 inches (89th percentile)
Weight: 61 lbs (85th percentile)

July 5, 2015

Celebrating the 4th!

Every year we celebrate the fourth with our friends!  This year we got to celebrate in their new home, which came about after the last we had our last year cookout.  We didn't know it at the time but it was the last event we would have at their old home.

The new neighborhood was a lot of fun.  The kids could roam and ride bikes and we were able to enjoy a very impressive neighborhood fireworks show that one of the neighbors does every year.  It made the show we put on in previous years seem very sad!

Ready to celebrate the 4th!
Snack time!

The first picture with the entire clan!  It had started to rain pretty heavily so my plans to be outside and in a row, like last year, were squashed!
All ELEVEN kiddos!
Aside from the annual group shot, we also have a traditional menu of surf and turf for this celebration!  The steak and lobster went perfectly with the Cherry Sangria I made!
Thankfully the rain did not last very long (maybe an hour or so!) and we were able to get back outdoors and toast marshmallows.  Another tradition!

Once it was dark enough we started the walk to the end of the street to catch the fireworks.  I really was expecting a few bangs, certainly more than we have ever done.  However, what we got, was something bigger than I have seen at some towns.  It was 2 different houses and at one point it felt like we were witnessing a "Battle of the Fireworks" so to speak.  It was pretty spectacular for a backyard show!

Happy 4th of July!

June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Yesterday we celebrated the Dads in the family!  We grilled steak and chicken and I made some lobster sliders for a special treat!  It's nice to have an excuse to get together with family and eat good food!

#1 Dad!


June 18, 2015

Schools Out for Summer!

On Monday my very last baby "graduated" from preschool!  There isn't a graduation ceremony at their school but they did have a party and a nice little celebration that included a certificate!  He is beyond excited to be moving onto Kindergarten in the fall!

Evan and his awesome teacher Miss Shira!
The proud Graduate!

Evan was done with school, but the other two had 3 more days left.  I had lots of organizing to do for the PTA before summer vacation, so even though he was done Evan still spent a lot of time at the school.  On Tuesday I stopped by David's class to give his teacher her appreciation gift and to say thanks for a great year.  I have made a tradition of getting a picture of the boys with their teacher during the last week of school.

David with his teacher Mrs. Hastings
That night was Shaun's first grade success night.  We got to go in and see his portfolio and check out all his best work.  But first we had to celebrate with a special dinner at his favorite restaurant.

Tacos and burritos at El Rodeo
Shaun's portfolio

Shaun and his teacher Mrs. Sorette
Today was the last day!  Tomorrow we start our summer vacation!

Look at how much they have grown in one school year!