Sunday, July 20
Saturday, July 19
This past weekend we ventured to Lava Hot Springs for the Shepherd Family Reunion. I haven't been able to make it to one in years. Every five years my mom is in charge and seeing as this year fell on her year, I knew we had to go. I am so happy we made the trip. So many fun memories were made.
- floating the river
- watching Tyson jump off the platform at the pool
- delicious peach and cherry cobbler
- tinfoil dinners that were cooked out in the rain
- witnessing Tyson shoot a 50 caliber snipper rifle
- late night conversations with my aunts, uncles and cousins
- teaching my niece how to float on her back
- dancing around the camp fire
so much more!
Wednesday, July 16
A couple of weeks ago P went in for her annual echocardiogram, to monitor the healing of her heart. As usual I worried and worried and wondered how the whole test would turn out. Not so much about the outcome, but how P would hold still long enough for the tech to get clear enough pictures. Like most things, she proved me wrong. She did amazing. She laid still the entire time and even let out a few giggles. That little girl impresses me more and more every day. Everything turned out great! What a relief it was to hear that her heart looked perfect.
They will monitor her heart again in a year from now, just to make sure there is no scar tissue preventing a normal blood flow through her left pulmonary artery.
Sunday, July 6
The 4th of July is one of my all time favorite holidays.
Swimming, BBQ and fireworks what's not to love?!
We attempted to cool off by soaking in the pool.
Penelope couldn't wait to jump in the water.
That girl and the water.
I tell you what!
^^^ GiGi had to get in on the fun as well. ^^^
^^^ Our friends have thee cutest triplets in the world! ^^^
We topped off the night with the annual flag cake and homemade strawberry ice cream. P was enthralled with the bubbles and glow sticks. I couldn't get over her baby chubs walking around in diaper alone.
She wasn't sure what to think of the loud fireworks. She would snuggle into our chests and hold on for dear life. As soon as one stopped, she would clap her hands and start the entire process over.
There is something so thrilling in going to get the mail. Maybe it's because I wait so long in between my jaunts to the mailbox. Just last week I went to the maibox and saw a sweet little package addressed to Miss Penelope. I opened it up, to find the most adorable 4th of July outfit. My sister-in-law Cortney is beyond thoughtful. P absolutely loved it and couldn't get over all the ruffles and bright colors. She begged for me to put it on her.
Thank you Cortney for making this girls day!
^^^ Another bonus, Grandma Brown is here visiting and got to see her in all those ruffles and lace. ^^^
^^^ P decided to lay down on the cement for a photo shoot. This girl sure knows how to work the camera. ^^^
^^^ She loves her auntie Cara as well. ^^^