29 August 2013

Canyon Ferry 2013

We spent a great week at my family's cabin on Canyon Ferry Lake... it had been three years since we had gone so it was great to go back. Typically we go every summer but the past few years have been busy and we just didn't make it.

Since we had already made a trip to MT earlier this summer for my cousin's wedding, we decided we would fly this time (we drove in June). It was pretty great to just fly in and fly out and not deal with the 9+ hour drive. Having said that, Mara is TERRIBLE on airplanes so I think we will avoid flying with her again in the near future. :)

We spent the week with some great people! My little sister has made some great friends during her past few years of school and my mom has become good friends with their parents as a result. So it was fun to have the Brady and Lane-Delmage families join us as well! There were 17 of us total at our two bedroom, one bathroom cabin! Surprisingly, it worked really well as many people opted to pitch tents and everyone was very considerate not taking too long in the bathroom. What a fun week!

Rachael and her best bud, Tatum

Evening view of the lake and the fun water trampoline my mom rented for the kids...

We're starting her early... (JUST KIDDING)

the ladies of Canyon Ferry... me, Brynn, Alia and Renee ... we had SO much fun! 

Joe and Mac

Sweet and adorable Ryan... Rachael's other good buddy


Making his debut to the blog... my mom's boyfriend, Dave! Welcome Dave!! :)

One of the evenings, Sean and the girls and I drove in to visit my cousin Rachael, her husband Bob and their little girl Hailey. I did a photo session for them and we had a fun dinner together. If you want to view their family photos, head over to my Junebug Blog here. Here are a few more pics we got that evening...

I really enjoyed our week at the lake this year. We got little to no cell phone reception and it was heavenly. You forgot how wonderful it is to be truly disconnected. It allowed for quality time, lots of laughs and great memories made. This was also the first vacation in a couple of years where Sean was able to truly and fully relax which was AWESOME. The past few vacations we have taken, he was been very distracted with work stuff. It was really great to have him all to ourselves for the week. Already looking forward to our next Montana trip... my family is so lucky to have this wonderful place! 

Pre-K... the UPS and the DOWNS.

Our girl started Pre-K this week! 
It feels like big kid school and she looks like a big kid going there so yes.... 
 I am a bit sad about my new... big kid. Sniff, sniff. 

But, we are moving onward and upward and c'mon, how stinkin' cute does she look in her uniform? 
On a side note, uniforms are fantastic. I bought four white shirts, one skirt, one dress, and a sweater.
That's it... that's all... for a whole school year! 

  Kennedy on her first day... looking fresh! And happy! 
....  and slightly constipated. 

After spending the past two years at a Co-Op preschool where the parents get to be a part of everything, it did feel strange to just send her off with her class and without me. 
I spent the morning wondering what she was doing, how she was feeling, etc. 

The first day went off without a hitch. She bravely followed her class (albeit biting her nails the whole way) and there were no tears. 

The second day, we were not so lucky. 
And today (the third day)... we were still not very lucky. 
By this I mean she had to be pulled off of me screaming and sobbing. Awesome. 
I walked down the hallway back to my car, for the second day in a row, with tears in my eyes listening to her cry in her classroom. But when I pick her up, she is happy as can be and they tell me she does great. Hoping this little phase of morning transition will pass quickly. For her sake ... and mine. 

P.s. the backpack is bigger than she is. 

10 August 2013

Growing Like Weeds

Fall 2011

Summer 2013

09 August 2013

Backyard Fun

The girls play in our backyard a lot this time of year.
It isn't a big yard but it is fenced and big enough for a sprinkler or our little pool... we love it!

On a side note...
Watch out, Hollywood. This one might be headed your direction.