Monday, August 29, 2016

Start of Summer Fun and David's Birthday

David's birthday was Sunday, June 5 and it was promotion Sunday at our church. 

Rylie was the only one in our family promoted to the big girl Sunday School class. She'll be in this class the next 3 years and then join Youth! :'(

Little Sunday afternoon nap on the floor

Then we met up with Mimi and Gaga for dinner at David's choice, Red Lobster!

Remy was SO excited for her Daddy's birthday!

She picked out his goggles all by herself!

I surprised David with a weekend to Galveston, which we did in August and I'll blog later.

Group photo courtesy of Ashlee's new selfie stick!

Then the girls started the following Tues at Summer Camp where Remy goes to preschool (and Rylie used to do preschool). It's the first time they're in the same place at the same time!

I surprised them with macaroons at pickup to match their new shirts and celebrate a great first day!

I took the girls swimming one afternoon. It's so much easier now having 1 good swimmer!

Haha! Remy!

Just playing around at home!

We got some sad news on June 9. One of Rylie's friends and Girl Scout sisters' dad died suddenly in his sleep. Such a heart-breaking thing. We had just seen him at swim practice, as she was on team with Rylie. He came to almost every practice and a lot of Girl Scout events and church events to see his daughter. I still can't believe he's gone. I realized Rylie didn't have anything appropriate for a funeral so I was going to take her to buy a dress one night. I was getting my hair ready and she came into my bathroom and said in a quiet voice, "Can Daddy take me shopping instead?" She's never asked for Daddy to do something like this with her and I think it was her way of clinging to him while mourning the death of her friend's dad. David of course happily agreed and promised to send me photos of her trying some on so I could approve. And they did good picking out the perfect dress for her.

But I hate that she needed this dress.
The entire Girl Scout troop came to the funeral. I had to explain to Rylie what a funeral was beforehand, her first one to attend aside from my Grandmother's when she was 4 and didn't remember and thankfully Remy was able to go to Summer camp and I took off work to take Rylie alone. Remy didn't really understand everything when I tried explaining it to her.

Definitely another reminder to treasure the moments you have with loved ones because life is short!

Camp Training, End of School, Paige's Farewell

So I had to complete Girl Scout camp training this Summer, which let me just say is the least fun thing I've ever done. First I had to drive an hour away, where the closest training was held, and sit in a 3 hour class.

Then I drove an hour home and our neighborhood was flooded. I had to wait in a friend's driveway down the street for the water to go down to get home.

Thursday, June 2 was Rylie's last day of 2nd grade!!

First day vs last day

Remy was so excited sister was finally home!

Some summer goodies I got them

Rylie showed me her "what I want to be when I grow up" card from school. She wants to drive Uber and save her money for a visit to Russia lol She's been obsessed with Russia ever since they learned about it for Christmas around the world at school in Dec!

And since I can't remember if I already posted these, Rylie's Fall and Spring school pictures from 2nd grade!

That evening I let the girls make dinner!

Wearing their new outfits 

Friday, June 3 I went to another farewell dinner for my bookclub/MOPS/neighbor friend Paige who moved to Canada! 

Seriously sad to be losing my movie buddy! 

A week later I had to complete my camp training with an all-day training course, again an hour away. I had to be there at 8am. Yuck!

We learned so much I think I forgot it all, seriously. We had to cook several meals using all the different methods of camp cooking and did I mention it was 100 degrees?! There was a LOT of time in front of the fire, ugh!

Old school camp tents that I will NEVER bring my girls to!

Gross snake skin we found

More cooking!

At this point, I was near getting medical attention from being overheated, even though I drank 144 oz of water while being there! I'd never been more miserable and counting down until it was over!

Sitting far away from the fire trying to cool off during the ending campfire.

FINALLY DONE!!! And got my certification card!!

We'll see how much I actually learned when I take my troop camping this year! Ha!

I just loved the teepees this camp had, that I'll also not bring my girls to sleep in! lol