we had a blast this 4th of july. we started our day with the parade in baxter and parker loved collecting all of the candy they were throwing. thankfully he doesn't realize exactly what candy is yet--soooooo helpful with all of the food allergies issues! we did give him a lollipop which he kept saying "hmmm I like it!" over and over again!
then we headed to the pool for the first time this season since i finally had the "all clear" from my orthopedic surgeon to get my foot wet. parker was a bit scared of the water at first, but after about 3o minutes he became obsessed with the frog slide. brandon's job was to keep up with him the whole time since i couldn't really walk around yet without my beloved boot. after pool time, we all headed home to relax and rest up since we were invited to enjoy BBQ with friends of ours later in the afternoon. it's so nice having good friends that have young kids for parker to play with!
we were hoping to take parker to see the fireworks this year and that had been the plan all along until we realized they didn't start until 9:45. they shoot fireworks over the lake near our neighborhood, so we have an awesome spot BUT by the time 7:30 rolled around (parker's normal bedtime) we realized that keeping him up for another 2and half hours just until the fireworks even started was going to be a challenge and we would most likely end up paying for it the next day. SO, that being said, no fireworks this year :-( maybe next year i won't be 9 months pregnant and will be up for the challenge!
here are some pics from the day--i attempted to shoot 100% manual which was a great learning experience but as you will see it took a while for me to get the settings just right!
at the parade.........
with mommy--it is SO HARD to get him to take a pic with me these days!
bbq at our friends, kate's saying grace:
at the pool, seriously could NOT get him to sit still for this one!
so it's two weeks left until show time. of course i'm hoping it's not really two weeks and of course given my history (parker was 12 days late), it could be longer. BUT past performance does not predict future results as my mutual funds state. in the meantime, i'm enjoying some down time and trying to keep myself busy. i have several more accessories to paint/purchase for the nursery and of course i'm entertaining myself with sewing projects. now that i no longer have a 6th toe (the dreaded pin) i'm cleared to go to the pool starting sunday YAY! my plan is to spend every morning next week basking in the sun and enjoying some mommy bonding time with parker at the pool. i'm also getting the itch to start working JUST A LITTLE BIT soon. i'm the kind of person that doesn't know what to do with myself if i don't have some goals set in place. now that i've passed my real estate exam and technically i'm the VP of the Jackson Real Estate Group, i'm going to start helping brandon with his business. SO stay tuned as one of my marketing objectives for the company is to start a real estate blog with tips and useful information for clients and future clients. AND of course if you know of anyone looking to buy or sell a home call me! we are going to have another mouth to feed very soon :-)
a mom to two boys and wife of a southern gentleman, i love all things chocolate brown, girly and monogrammed. i have a love hate relationship with cooking......i love trying new recipes, i hate planning and grocery shopping! i thrive off of order and organization and get anxious when my house is not clean or my bed is not made, although i am guilty of frequent dust bunnies in my corners every once in a while. i have perfectionistic tendencies, but realize i am far from perfect and it is only by the grace of God i make it through each day.