Heck ya!! Love me some Summer holidays and the 4th…well it is a fun one indeed!
This year we headed out to our friends house for yet another fun 4th.
Figured I would share some pics…because this blog is the closest thing I have to a scrapbook these days (remember those days when I had time to actually….scrapbook?! Boy do I miss it!)
First off…love Mandy’s table settings and of course lots of yummy food! So cute
Did I happen to mention that we are on night #5 of “the 20 day sleepover.
“THE WHAT?!?!” you are asking about now…well you may remember Haley’s bff Gwyn left us last Summer and moved with her family to FL.
It was sad and horrid and well…these two have missed each other terribly.
How in the world are we keeping sane, you ask?
Well you should know by now my house is ALWAYS loud, full of children and heavy on the chaos.
I babysit often, host playdates and I often say my “job” of SAHM is parallel to that of a cruise director. I am used to keeping kids busy.
I actually enjoy the above. Nuts…I know.
Here is the thing you must know about 12 year old girls.
They can be angry, bitter, chip on the shoulder roller coasters of emotions…but not these two.
I love Haley’s friends. The girl has excellent taste in choosing her friends.
Gwyn is a kind, light hearted barrel of fun. She has a fantastic attitude and wonderful family.
I am so happy she is part of Haley’s world and that they have been able to keep their special friendship going over the miles that part them.
The deal is Gwyn stays here in Richmond for 10 days with us and then the girls hop on a plane and head to Gwyn’s for 10 days.
They are having a blast and tonight we have even added Afton to the mix (another of my favorite young ladies).
Lucas wanted to try out the fun games too…
And then there was the ping pong ball on the spoon race….
It started off smoothly enough.
But then the darn ball wouldn’t stay on the spoon and heaven help the poor boy he just couldn’t work out in his mind how to pick it up and try again.
In his defense it was well past his bedtime at this point…but it was hilarious.
We moved on to some car play and sand box fun…
Oh Jack! How did I forget this shot?! Lucas finally got to meet another 2 year old that gabs as much as he does.
They had so much fun gabbing each other’s ear off!
This conversation was Jack telling Lucas all about the fishes on his shirt and Lucas declaring:
“Those are AWESOME fishies!! I love them!”
Oh and look who actually let me take his picture!!! Adam…a rare sighting indeed!
Guess what 14 year old boys who have grown up with a mom who is a photographer don’t like?
If you guessed “getting their picture taken” you would be correct…
And then there are these three…aging very gracefully I might add.
I have been friends with all well over a few decades and can say they haven’t aged a bit but they sure have all turned into amazing men and fathers.
Thanks Parrish family for sharing your backyard! :-)
Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th Of July!