Sorry my blogging has been lacking but I'm trying to get better about posting updates! We have had so much fun this summer and have been very busy. We had a wonderful trip over to Alabama in May to visit with our good friends the Vasquez's. Their little girl Isabella turned 3 and they were having a birthday party for her. I can't believe little Issy is already 3 it seems like yesterday that Emorie was pregnant with her and we were talking about baby names. :) We miss them all very much and try to visit them at least once a month but would like to try to see them more.
Issy had a prince and princess party...This is Sophia doing FABULOUS with Issy's crown on her head. Fabulous is when she puts her hands behind her head and says fabulous...something silly we made up and laughed about so she does it a lot now...I think having the crown helped though. :)
Sophia and her buddy Issy playing.
The birthday girl! Isn't she beautiful!
Wack that pinata Sophia...The adults had to get a knife and cut the pinata open in the end. We would have been there all day and all night if we had let the kids keep going. :)
Yummy cake to finish off the day!
In June we went to visit my family down in St. Marys. My family has a very busy June. We have father's day, my dad's birthday, my brother in laws birthday, and my nephew Hudson's birthday...did I mention they are also all in the same week! :) We go down one weekend in June every year and try to celebrate them all. This year was a lot of fun with Sophia getting older she is able to participate more and stay up late some nights and the consequences aren't as bad. :) My dad and Phil smoked a pork butt one night while we were down there and it was delicious...as well as the very yummy boiled peanuts my dad made for me. :) Phil hates them he thinks they feel sweaty lol! On this trip we also took Sophia swimming. Last summer she kicked up a big fuss at a friends pool because she wanted to swim by herself but she was only 18 months old. She didn't want to be in her float she didn't want Phil or me to hold her...she just wanted to swim and was very frustrated that she couldn't. So to save ourselves some embarrassment we took her to my parents pool where there was no one else to see if she had a meltdown..but we didn't have to worry she did great! We have been to the pool several more times this summer and she has done better and better. I think it helps that we got her a new floaty it enables her to basically swim by herself which is exactly what she wants. She can swim from the stairs to me and back with this on and I don't worry about her one bit. :)
Josh thinking about going in....the water was pretty cold it kept raining off and on.
Super safe Sophia!! My mom kept laughing because she wanted to be in her float with her life jacket on...crazy kid. :)
My handsome nephews: Harrison, Josh and Hudson
No Sophia hasn't turned into a boy but I don't have a pic of her wearing her swimmy thing so I found this one online. Her is just like this but it is yellow and has a duck face on it instead of whatever this crazy thing is suppose to be. She loves it and it gives her a lot more freedom in the pool.
Towards the end of June it was time for VBS at our church. This was the first time I had taken Sophia she was to little the years before. I tried to take her the first year she was born but that was a big mess and I paid for it later that night. She had a great time and would talk about it all day. The theme was climbing faith mountain and they would have the assistant youth minister come out dressed as a mountain man to talk to the kids. She wasn't really scared of him but she didn't really want him to get near her either. :) She called him the cowboy and would ask me on the way home where the cowboy went. She learned a lot of new bible songs during that week and we now have to sing them on rotation. That is fine with me I'm glad she enjoys going to church and she seems to look forward to Sundays so she can see Ms. Anita, Ms. Carolyn and all her friends. I've also started letting her sit in what I call "Big Church" which means she gets to sit with me instead of going to the nursery. She seems to like it and has done really well although last week she discovered that the pews don't go all the way down to the floor and I thought for a minute there she was going to start crawling underneath them. I went ahead and took her out during the last song. :)
Two cuties waiting on class to start...
They love anything that involves glue so this project was a hit. They were sticking cotton balls onto sheep. Thanks Mrs. Carolyn you did a great job!!!
We didn't do a whole lot for the 4th this year. We tried to go to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens but we forgot about the Peachtree Road Race they have every year and the road we needed to get down to was closed off...and try as we might we couldn't find a way around it or anywhere to park and walk. We couldn't even find anywhere that was open to eat and ended up eating at McDonald's on the way home. :( We can laugh about it now but it was terribly frustrating the day of. That following week I took Sophia to the Newnan Utilities Park to meet up with Kandis and Reagan. We took them last year and they loved it...it seems to be turning into a tradition. :) Sophia loved it just as much this year. I told her we were going to go play in the sprinklers and she called them sprinkles for the rest of the day. :)
Phil has now had two weeks off and we have really enjoyed having some time together. He has built a pergola for our back patio and although we don't have anything growing up on it yet it already provides much needed shade. He has hung Christmas lights up on it too so it is really pretty at night. We are hoping to buy some confederate jasmine here in the next couple of days to put in pots so we can train it up the side of the pergola. I took Sophia to The Rock Ranch one day while Phil was off so he could get some work done without being interrupted by his little helper. :) We went with my friend Kandis and her little girl Reagan. We had a great time but it seems that neither one of us can read the small print because they were closed the Monday that we went. Turns out they are only open Tues-Saturday! The people that work there are really nice though and they gave us a tour of the ranch and let us play some and pet the animals in the animal farm. The girls loved it and we had the whole place to ourselves! We are definitely going back in the fall though when all the attractions are running. :)
I thought this was really cool! they connected two goat enclosures with these ramps with the tree house in the middle so they would walk from one side to the other and I saw several asleep on the ramps around lunchtime. :)
These goats were really friendly they were just wanting the girls to give them food...all we had was grass.
Sophia loved this little horse or is it a donkey I'm not sure....that is a cow behind her that I'm sure of.
Sophia also LOVED these chickens! It was like pulling teeth trying to get her to come look at something else. They weren't as keen on her and while I wasn't looking she put her fingers in the holes and they promptly got pecked. She didn't cry much and went straight back over there.
This is a horse...I'm sure! :)
The "Corn House" This thing was awesome...who knew corn could be soooo relaxing. We spent a long time just lounging in there and shoving our feet into the cold corn. We all ended up with pants full of corn though. I changed Sophia's diaper when we left and corn just fell out!
I wonder what she is thinking about....
This slide was so much fun it went underground and you got to ride down on potato sacks so it made it really fast.
The finished product...we have really enjoyed Phil's pergola. Sophia has enjoyed getting to eat breakfast outside. :)
I've taken Sophia to several play dates this summer but here are some pics from the most recent one. We went over to my friend Karen's house she has a little girl named Alicia and my other friend Maria and her little girl Taylor were also over. We let the girls play in the pool while we sat and chatted and took pics. It was a really nice day and the girls like to play together.
Clockwise from L to R:Alicia, Sophia, Taylor
Having a little snack after swimming. Taylor looks like she is checking out her polish. :)