Here's a brief recap of our summer. I was in school and on call all summer so there were no fun vacations or trips but we have still had fun hanging around close to home.
These guys have lost some teeth, made some new friends, and spent days riding bikes around our new neighborhood before it became unbearably hot.
These girls have spent countless hours creating and being imaginative. They've made new friends with our new neighbors and played a lot of four square.
Emmett has been with us for almost 1.5 years now. He's been such a welcome addition to our family. The 4th of July marked 2 years since Delmar died and it's still hard to believe he's gone. Emmett has fit right in and has a similarly sweet demeanor. He loves to play, go camping, and ride in the van.
Violet is a handful. She's got the same spunk and stubborn streak as Amelia. Plus, she's the baby of the family so she uses that to her advantage too. She is still my squishy baby, just less squishy and more squirmy now.
We had another awesome week at VBS this year. We will really miss our church when we move again. This year Matthew and Josh were both VBS volunteers. Matthew dressed up as a taco for Taco Tuesday and was the center of attention. On the last day of VBS, Matthew's adult teachers were both absent so Matthew and the other youth volunteer led their VBS class of fifteen 3rd graders by themselves. He has moments of incredible maturity. Rare, fleeting moments...
I think I have written before about how both sets of twins become "twinny" sometimes. That's what we call it when they get silly and only interact with each other, ignoring everyone else. It is impossible to communicate with them during this time and they get really loud and crazy. They do it in the van a lot and at bedtime. This picture shows what it looks like when they're being "twinny."
Two sets of twins in one towel.
The kids love our neighborhood pool. If it wasn't so exhausting for me to take all of them there by myself, we'd be in that pool every single day.
Jason and I celebrated our anniversary in June and had a rare night out together. We went to an amazing local restaurant and enjoyed a delicious dinner. We also went to the military ball this summer. Actually, that has been one wonderful thing about living here and having a teenager. We have been able to go out on several dates since being back in Georgia. We've been on more dates in the last year than in the previous 13 years combined. We are also able to run to the gym together. It's great!
This is what happens when I take Leila and Sarah to Costco. Every single time we walk through those doors, they stop to stare at the jewelry. Heaven help the men that marry these girls. They have expensive taste already and they're only ten.
Here are some pictures of everyday life right now...