Sunday, June 28, 2015

Emerald Isle

Our quick trip to the beach this week was amazing. The last time we were at a beach was when Quincy was a newborn. It was so nice to have a couple of days together where we had no commitments or plans. Morning runs with these girls riding alongside me was so fun. Quincy would tell me to go faster and would find every puddle to splash through while Liezl would stay by my side and chat about the cute colors on the beach houses we would pass and help me plan out our day. I adore them both!

We spent most of our time at the beach. Liezl and Quincy loved jumping through the waves and Ava and Cora mostly chose to collect shells and make castles. 

The surgeon who took out Cora's tumor is one of Josh's mentors. We stayed at his beach house which was amazing! We loved hanging out on the porch to swing, chat and relax. Liezl always made sure we were well supplied with the magazines she found around the house.

Facials and mani-pedis after a day in the sun. Pretty perfect.
We took a ferry to see a lighthouse which turned out to be a big disappointment to Cora because I failed to point out the difference between a ferry and a fairy. And when we got to the island to climb the lighthouse she was too short to go up. I stayed back with her and she was MAD. When we saw the others emerge onto the platform she screamed up to her sisters how she felt about the situation. "Not fair! Not fair!"

Ava was a little nervous about the boat ride, but was the first kid to volunteer to take the wheel. This captain was pretty smart because do you see those signes in yellow? What better way to get parents to open their wallets by letting your kid feel like hot stuff.

Later that day we want to an aquarium.
I love this picture. Ava is always looking out for her little sister. She is trying to hold her up so Cora can see over the water. I also love Liezl and Quincy here. They got along so well on this trip. Quincy did not tease to tears and Liezl did not try to assert her dominance as the oldest and wisest. 
And then there is this picture! Just the best. 

I am so glad we got to take this vacation so we could spend more time with this guy. We love him a lot. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Surgery graduation

Josh graduated from surgery residency last week. Five years of long hours and hard work, plus one year in the middle spent with research is a huge accomplishment! The graduation consisted of a coctail hour, a fancy dinner and awards. Josh won almost all of the awards. He is amazing.  We decided to bring our girls so they could be a part of the celebration. It was a little long and boring but they did great. Obviously they got a hold of my phone and spent the night taking pictures. There was a professional photographer there so hopefully we will be able to get a couple of those pictures because this is all I have from the night.


We now have one week before josh starts cardio thoracic fellowship so we are taking some family time at Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Here is one picture from the long drive. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Harry Potter camp and races

I have got to document our excitement from this last week before more pictures pile up. Liezl and her friends luke and Emma started Harry Potter camp yesterday. They all got sorted into the ravenclaw house. When she got home yesterday, Liezl was exhausted. I think the lazy summer schedule is making her soft. 

Last weekend I ran my fifth half marathon. Mary and I wanted to run one more race together before she moves. I have to remember how lucky I am to live the airforce life because it gives me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. I have to keep telling myself that because it is not fun when friends move away too quickly.
After the half there was a kids color run. Ava and Cora ran a half mile and Ava was the first girl across the finish line. I went with Cora and she ran the entire thing. She did not mind the chalk thrown at her but something about the yellow was off putting so she was very clear to the volunteers that she would have none of it. 
Quincy and liezl's race was last and it was hot. They ran a mile that had some good hills in it. I think it surprised them how hard it was. They both did amazing!

I will add in some swim pictures too. Summer is pretty fabulous when you have plenty of friends and water to keep you cool.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Moments from this week

I love summer! We have had fun so far doing things not too extraordinary, but still fabulous. Cora's last infusion was made extra special thanks to dear friends who came to keep us company. They brought some fantastic accessories for this princess.
Summer means lots of library visits. These girls are the best!
After a morning at playgroup, some of us got doughnuts for national doughnut day. So many kids!
Josh ordered some pig hearts online so he could study them before he starts fellowship in a couple of weeks. They got shipped bobbing around in a bucket full of nasty formaldehyde smelling liquid. Quincy loved it! She thought it was fascinating. It took the others a while to warm up to the idea of touching it.
He gave us all a heart anatomy lesson. It was pretty exciting. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fancy girls

Josh left for Denver this last week for a conference, so we decided to have a girly, pampered weekend.  They all got summer hair cuts, and some were more drastic than others.  Liezl decided she wanted to donate her hair which was hard for her to do.  She loves top knots and fish tail braids, but is happy that she went through with it.  Quincy loves short hair, so once she saw that Liezl was chopping hers, she did too. They both look so cute.

The next day we went to the nail salon for pedicures.  I love having all of these girls! I love the looks and comments we get.  I love that we get to do fun girly stuff together.  I love watching them being supportive, silly, and sassy with each other.
We met our friends there who also have only girls.  We love them.  Liezl brought her stack of American Girl magazines to share around to make the pampering day complete.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Last Week Of School

Summer is here!!! Today was Ava's kindergarten graduation and the last day of school for the older two.  Ava has grown so much this year.  She is a happier, more confident, and super smart!
Cora would not open her eyes for this picture.  Such a funny girl!
The older girls have not been doing much in classes this week, so they have been acting like summer break has already started.  Like going to a Dragon's game and having a lemonade stand.

And then there was field day and picnic lunch day.  So much fun.

 Liezl had her fifth grade concert she sang and played her clarinet in.  Look at how little she is!  She will not appreciate me saying that....
Here is the last day of school picture at the bus stop.
They have all grown up so much this year!

               (last day of school)                                    (first day of school)

Summer here we come! I am pretty excited to spend more time with these girls!