But here's the past week in photos! Enjoy!
Fourth of July
Apparently parades are a normal thing to most people on the 4th, but growing up we never saw one. Then I moved to Pittsburgh right before we married and came to find out that it was Mark's favorite holiday and the parade by his parent's house is a tradition from his childhood that he still keeps!
Prior to the parade is a 5k race that 9 of his family members participated in...his bro in law wheel chaired 3.2 miles. He's a winner in my book!
And parades are really exhausting events...
The partied continued the next day at Mark's brother's house where they put on quite a bbq! There was water games, horse shoes, volleyball and MORE FOOD!
|And in the Gruber family, there's always a baby to hold. I pray it will be that way for as long as I'm alive!|
Nothing says summer like water balloons, bonfires and cotton candy skies.
So, Juliana begins official preschool in September! I was nervous because she's pretty advanced when it comes to talking, writing and counting and I didn't want her to be in a class with kids that had just turned 3 and were still potty training (no offense if that's your kid!)
Plus, she'll be 4 in October and is high energy, which needs to be directed in positive ways, otherwise...destruction!
But, her class list was printed when I went to pick up her packet and more than half of the class has end of the year birthdays and will be 4 before Christmas.
So, I'm not sure if this a Pittsburgh thing but again, never had this growing up in MD...Church Festivals?
Every Catholic Church around puts on a huge (depends on size of church) carnival type event every summer. They last from 3-6 days and they are a HUGE money maker for the school.
We went to the one at Samantha's school this past Monday (which is not our parish) and had a lovely time! Mark's bro and Juli's God-Father, Fr. (Uncle) Fred Gruber, met up with us and enjoyed some rides, funnel cakes, Rita's and socializing.
|One of Mark's other brothers is in Seminary to be an Oratorian Priest and he |
was over our house for dinner before we left for the festival.
I love big Catholic families!
While at the Festival, I went perrusing through the Flea Market and got a super deal on a Janie and Jack skirt for Juls.
These skirts run around $35-$40 and I got this for $1!!!!
Seriously, I love thrift shopping for the girls clothes!
I also spent part of the past week purging some of the clothes from the 15 bins of clothes that I have for the girls. Most of the clothing is sizes 3T and under!! I now have 2.5 trash bags full of clothes that I am going to consign in September at a Flea Market at Juli's school. And the girls still have WAY more clothes than I could ever dream of owning!
So...I'm crafty in the old fashioned way. Paper. Scissors. Glue and can even bake a thing or two and decorate it. But when it comes to computers, my husband takes the cake (no pun intended)! :)
I'm co-hosting a Baby Sprinkle tomorrow for a dear friend who's expecting her 3rd girl and I of course was browsing Pinterest looking for something to inspire me. I love making banner but we are having it at Olive Garden, so, that wouldn't work.
I decided that we would give out a favor of chocolate dipped pretzels covered in sprinkles and attached to it would be a tag "sprinkled with love"!
Now, it took some sweet talking and about 45 mins of my husband's night, but he made this
Yeah, that would have taken me 5 days and alot of unkind words to the computer, but he banged it out in less than an hour.
This isn't anything exciting except that I love finding my kids curled up on the couch with a book..
And the books almost as big as her!
Have a happy weekend! :) Pop over to Jen's for more writing and probably less pictures! :)