Friday, July 12, 2013


This holiday has never been my favorite.  I am not a fan of fireworks set off by neighborhood kids (or adults).  But I was a fan of swimming and grilling with good friends


They all really wanted to swim, but the water was freezing so mostly there was just talk about swimming.


Our new patio dining set found on clearance!


I have reached the halfway point!  Phew, this is quite the large undertaking.

Emily, Sophie, and Lydia played in the Heslinga's new van for at least thirty minutes happy as clams.


Sometimes this whole playing all day thing can be exhausting!


Grandma, Emily, and her new baby doll.

Monday, July 8, 2013


A little quality girls time.  Sophie loves her "pink toes" and is sad that the polish is starting to chip a little.


Grandma Ruth was a real trooper, and very brave to get into a car where Emily was behind the wheel.


Someone, the powers that be determined that at just over 36 inches, Sophie was allowed to ride most of the "big girl" rides.  She had an absolute blast, and I held on to her with a vice grip.


A big highlight of our trip was a visit to Kennywood with virtually no waiting in lines!


Headed back to Pittsburgh for some girl time with grandma Ruth and aunt Elsa, but we also got to meet little Monty.

Friday, July 5, 2013