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Long-Live Summer

Not gonna lie, with Matt in L.A. and no preschool mornings to break up the week a little bit, these summer days can get mighty…long.

But sometimes, when the pool is full, the beer in your hand is icy-cold, and the children frolicking in front of you are (for the most part) squealing with joy and convulsing in giggles – the day just doesn’t seem long enough.

Long-live summer.

Long-live inflatable plastic pools.

Long-live moments like these.

Kindergarten.  Less than a month.  Wow.

“I am NOT a baby.  I wear princess panties.”

Clever defense.

It’s all fun and games until…well, until Bailey says so.

Pool time-out so Parker can flex some mad airbending skills.

Impressive, I know.

But a kid can only resist the splash-fest for so long…

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ChrystalAugust 1, 2010 - 9:07 pm

This makes me miss Parker and Bailey!! I can’t imagine how Matt feels. Adorable!!!

KeriAugust 1, 2010 - 10:17 pm

Great pictures! I miss them! Less than 2 weeks and we will be able to see you guys as often as we would like!!!

jess@studio3zAugust 2, 2010 - 9:52 am

Your babies are so ADORABLE!!!! Love seeing them having some summer fun. :)

smittengretaAugust 5, 2010 - 8:56 pm

these are SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!! and summer is my FAV! my son can airbend too. and earthbend, firebend, and waterbend. he’s pretty freaking awesome. :D

Granny and Mimi

My Granny and Mimi are great grandmothers. Both literally, and descriptively.:)

I have a wonderful, close family, and my children are blessed to have not one, but two great-grandmothers that live close enough to visit often. They also have a THIRD (another Mimi!) who lives a few hours away. Very rarely, however, do we get to visit two at the same time! Today was a special day. We picked up Mimi on one side of town and trekked over to Granny’s place for a little visit.

These lovely ladies had some catching up to do.

My Mimi is my Dad’s mother. She’s more than a little bit spunky, vivacious, and quite the social butterfly. Mimi single-handedly took my brothers and me to Disney World not once, but twice growing up. I’ve taken many-a-trip to the mall with this lady…she knows how to shop! (much to the delight of her only granddaughter)

My Granny is my mom’s mom. She is the quintessential kind-hearted (yet no-nonsense!) granny that every kid should be lucky enough to have. She’s a MARVEL in the kitchen, but don’t ever think she can tell you a recipe…everything comes in pinches and dashes and simply can’t be recreated. Granny also has a mischievous streak. Don’t turn your back when there are locust shells around!

Though these awesome women are very, very different, they certainly have at least one thing in common. They love their great-grandkids!

But I’ll admit…they ARE quite lovable.

Since my parents have been divorced for almost 20 years, Mimi and Granny don’t see each other very often. But regardless of how much time passes, they share a special bond. And it shows. ♥

Don’t you remember having special toys and treasures to play with just at your grandparent’s house? Parker and Bailey were thrilled when Granny brought out these dominoes. I’m sure they will ask for them straight away on our next visit.

Bonus find for Bailey. HA!

Family life can be complicated, confusing, and at times, downright exasperating! But at the end of the day, I am so thankful for the special people that make up my family.

I didn’t pick ‘em, but I sure do love ‘em!

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CrystalJuly 23, 2010 - 10:43 pm

So, so sweet. <3

Amy @ Muddy BootsJuly 24, 2010 - 7:34 am

The pictures of your beautiful kiddos are wonderful (as always), but I really love the ones of your grandmas. What treasures (the images and the ladies).

Rachael EarlJuly 24, 2010 - 2:10 pm

Your kids…on the bench together…that needs to be in your house RIGHT NOW.

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