1 - I wanted to post a song to go with the heat. Buster Poindexter's "Hot Hot Hot" is just a little too peppy. So I went with Badly Drawn Boy's "The Shining" which is nice and slow and thick. I thought it fit.
2 - Thursday was a pie baking day at my house. Remember when I said I needed to make some money to pay for a trip so I could see my friend profess final vows with the Nashville Dominicans? Well, my mom is often hired by local women to bake home made pies for certain events. One such event (an ice cream social at the park) is tonight and we baked four apple pies and one blueberry pie for $8 each. Every little bit helps!
3 - Here's what we did on the 4th of July:
We made red, white, and blue skewers. The kids mostly ate marshmallows and complained about how they don't like blueberries.
I did all the prep work and made mine while they were still in quiet time. By getting all my ridiculous perfectionist tendencies out of the way I was able to let the kids just enjoy themselves.
Thank you, Pinterest.
I tried to get a cute picture of my four awesome kids. This is as good as it got.
I ate waaaaaay too many patriotic rice krispie treats.
Another thanks to Pinterest here.
Travis set off fireworks and the kids held hands while they watched. I think it was one part excitement, one part fear, and one part safety.
Poor Lydia momentarily forgot all the warnings and reminders and touched a recently extinguished sparkler. Here's a picture of our little burn victim holding her injured hand in ice water while her daddy holds her ice cream. It's cute.
4 - One of my favorite sites to visit is Big Pulpit. Every day Tito Edwards posts links to the best Catholic blog articles out there. Along with National Catholic Register, I check out Big Pulpit almost every day. I just wanted to share it in case you hadn't heard of it yet. Enjoy!
5 - Let's take a moment to appreciate how cute my little Teresa Marie is...
Six weeks and so, so sweet!
6 - Tomorrow our good friends, and Teresa's godparents, are getting married. Travis and I are so happy for them and we're so excited to share in their joyous day. Yay for MVV and Liz!
We love you!
7 - This one's for R, who left a sympathetic message for Travis in my comment box.