Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June… another month in the books!

We have had such a blast so far this summer. Each week has been something different and we've enjoyed changing it up a bit. 

We are having some major plumbing issues at our house, so have gone out to Marble Falls a few times to escape it all. The kids have had a blast swimming at Aunt Pam's pool! 

The boys kicked off the summer at swim camp. This year they moved up to the Guppy group and learned some strokes. 

Eliza spent the night and the girls had so much fun playing together. They were in their princess dresses the entire time! 

Zoe has been loving riding with Ty when he mows the grass. It's too cute! 

I rarely do this but one day we were out and needed to pick up lunch. When this usually happens, we swing through the drive-thu somewhere or I run in to pick up a to-go order. We've been eating gluten-free/real food lately and it's hard to find this kind of food on the fly. So, I braved taking all 4 kids to a restaurant by myself to grab a bite to eat. We lucked out (??) and ended up being the only ones in the entire restaurant! Turned out there was a reason for this… the food was really mediocre, but it make for a fun lunch! 

We have been going to UT for many years for the kids to participate in language research. It was finally Tatum's turn and she was so excited. She chose to wear her UT cheerleading outfit and was disappointed the staff didn't give her a Hook 'Em Horns hand sign when she left. Ha! She had a blast and was excited to show off her book she received as a thank you for her participation. (They are always nice and give a book to the siblings too.)

Tatum has been asking for several months to take gymnastics. Dad and Jennifer gave her some money for Christmas to take some lessons and the time finally coordinated with our schedule, so she has begun! She LOVES it. She hams it up but has a smile on her face the whole time and asks every day of the week how many more days until her next lesson :) 

We have 3 big steps from our back porch down to the yard. Zoe has been doing a great job of just standing at the top watching the other kids play, but we could tell she really wanted to be out there with them. We figured we should teach her to go down safely before she attempted it on her own, so with just a few tutorials, she has gotten it down! She loves the freedom of being able to go up and down as she pleases. 

Off to find some adventure at the swing set. 

Colt spent a week at baseball camp. He thought it was too hot (even though it was comparatively cool this June) and too long, but in the end, had fun. He asked me one day, "Mom, what is a money ball?" Apparently one of his coaches told him he hit one :) 

We had the privilege of watching Plamedi one day. She's the daughter of our friend, Innocente from church. Tatum LOVED getting to feed her the bottle. 

Zoe loved playing in Plamedi's car seat (and got very jealous when I held Miss P). 

The older 3 went to VBS for the first time this year at a church very close to our house. We all had fun at the Thursday night show where the kids sang us the songs the learned during the week. Tatum loves to perform!

Zoe loves to ride on Daddy's shoulders.

Tatum was on photo duty at Colt's b-day party :) 

We had a Dillman family party for Colt at our house one weekend. It was the first time we've all gotten together since Christmas and was lots of fun. The girls...

and the boys.

Colt is turning 7!! He wanted oreo cake :) 

Tatum has been asking to wear my makeup a lot. Grandma bought her a little bit of makeup so Tatum gave all the girls a makeover. Don't we look beautiful? 

Aunt Debbie receiving her beauty treatment :) 

We made this little number for Ty's office for Father's Day. He is such an great dad and an amazing husband. The kids love his stories, wrestling matches, baseball practice, date nights with Daddy, drinking his coffee, and driving in Daddy's truck among many other things. We love you more than words can express!