Sunday, July 10, 2011

July 4th, 2011

Fun with our Firecrackers.





My friend Nicole made their awesome 4th of July shirts!  totally love them!!!!







We swam and had lunch with Michael, Sarah, and Derek.


Then we went to watch fireworks with our friends the Downeys, who are moving to Chicago this week
:( , and Michael and Sarah.













 I also had these shirts made for my friends, the Kelly's.  The big kids are having a birthday this month and the baby just had to have one too :o)


so.... we are still on summer down here in TEXAS.  IT'S HOT!!!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

well, it was the front yard

...that made us Yard of the Month for July!

no way....

I am way too excited, maybe the highlight of the year.

Really, we do work hard at our yard and flower beds.  Will and maybe 2 other people on our street actually cut their own grass.  I do almost all the flower bed work: planting flowers, weeding, watering, triming bushes, etc.... So, the yard as a whole is a group effort and Jaxon sometimes help picking weeds and watering but I have to highly supervise that or he pulls up whole plants and waters his brother.
You've seen in other posts how much the boys enjoy getting out there with their lawnmowers too.  Will thinks he's training them to take over his job in a few years. ;o)
So, here's the yard.  I admit it's nothing fancy but it's good and I like it.



he's our newest friend from AR (Will's bday present from my mom) and the boys LOVE HIM!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Our backyard flowers

MY DOVE. and her two babies!

Just thought I'd post some pictures of my back yard plants.  We've worked hard this year and keeping everything watered is a family event. ;o)





The dove nest is in this corner of the fence, under the giant curly willow tree, which I LOVE!






lookin' up


my favorite.  brings me so much joy.

but really they all do.

YEAH for flowers!!!!

"Do not underestimate the power of the flower"
Yani, Will's friend, flower shop owner

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Summer Summer Time, HeltonTexas Style

The pool is our #1 entertainment:



Jimmy is our fearless BIG JUMPER!

He is now teaching himself to swim and float on his back.  He's crazy!

THUMBS UP!






Lots of bike rides and trips to the park!


 followed with popsicles!




Then, they've learned to float in their rings.





Time with friends!



This is the pool at our Athletic Center.  LOADS of fun here! Especially the lazy river!


Chasing bunny rabbits!


Checking out tents at Cabela's




Lawnmowing and lawnmowing supervision:

some self-stuck temporary tattoos



A few scary storms!


And a few nice, sweet moments!!!