Happy Monday, Friends!
Before I get into my post - big birthday shoutout to DAVE!!!! The kids and I excited to celebrate him today and attempt to spoil him a bit. Dave isn't one for gifts and attention and we're planning lots of both. ;) He is THE BEST and we can't wait to show him how much we love and appreciate him.
Friday looked a lot like this for me...
That's a yeti of iced tea from home, a Starbucks and then another iced tea from later in the day. You do what you have to do during inservice. ;) In actuality, the speakers on Friday were fantastic. I learned a lot, had some great time with my team and left with lots of notes of things I want to work on and incorporate into my classroom. Throw in a chocolate chip cookie and I'd call the day a win.
When we got home I was so thankful it was Pizza Friday ;)
We spent the rest of the evening swimming, watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics and checking out an amazing moon.
Saturday morning we took the kids to the Home Depot workshop and GG was looking extra cute in her star sunnies :)
They made these skateboard/pencil holder things and had a blast.
Saturday afternoon we did some yard work, swam and then did a little bit of this...
Saturday evening my brother and Baby Beau (who is almost one, but will ALWAYS be Baby Beau to us!) came over for dinner and a swim. I really should have taken a picture of all the cousins earlier in the evening because when we attempted one before they left Beau was over it. :)
Mason and I ran some errands Sunday afternoon and it was stupid hot out and so we treated ourselves to some ice cream sundaes :)
And when we got home we found Griffin like this...
So I've talked about Mission Regan before, but in case you missed it - it's a non-profit started by friends of ours that collects and sends medical supplies all over the world. Josh and Courtney are INCREDIBLE it's so neat to get to see God working so uniquely through them. Our kids have helped out at the warehouse before and I've taken several groups of MCA students there to help as well.
When Courtney told me about her idea of having kids and families host lemonade stands to raise money I instantly loved it! Don't all kids want to have a lemonade stand?!?! And doing it for such a great cause was the icing on the cake.
Rather than set up our stand on a corner in our neighborhood and hoping for the best we decided to go a different route...
On Saturday morning I snapped this picture of the kids holding the poster Mission Regan provided as part of their lemonade stand kit and posted it on Facebook with some information about Mission Regan and the time and place for our stand. I tagged tons of friends and then we got to the business of sign making :)
Mason wanted me to write out his poster in pencil and then he went over the whole thing in permanent marker and colored. I wrote out Griffin's poster and Luke worked on his solo.
Mason stirred up the lemonade that evening and we were ready to go!
We decided to have our lemonade stand Sunday night from 7-8 pm in the hopes that it wouldn't be as crazy hot... well... it was still like 95 degrees and felt well over 100... even in the shade.
Welcome to Texas!!!
I feel like it should be noted that my kids all look like they're about to explode in these pictures because they take after me and turn red almost instantly :) Also, they ran around for over an hour in that heat. So there's that.
Mason and his sign! Those are ice cubes on every other one of his letters and he wrote Mason (backwards and without the N) on the bottom left. His hand got tired and I had to do the ice cubes on two of the letters but he was SO PROUD of his artwork!
Luke "added a bit of his personality" to his with the addition of the Star Wars light sabers inside the O ;)
He also added on this little bit about him taking tips in the form of money and crystals :) WHAT?!?! hahahaha He cracks us up!!!
So cute!!! It required about half a roll of tape to get them up there... and then we ended up having to staple them. ;)
Look at how excited they were that I made them get off their scooters and take a picture by their sign :)
Ready for our friends!!! Look at their red cheeks and we haven't even started!!!
So many friends!!!
Scooter races broke out :)
And we ended up letting Jack Bauer out after the girls BEGGED.
Pretty sure it was the greatest day of Jack's life :) He LOVES kids and attention... he was in HEAVEN!
Griffin holding court with her grandparents, aunt and uncle :)
Luke's first grade teacher even stopped by!!! We ADORE Mrs. McKeller for lots of reasons - but I think this right here sums it up :) She is THE BEST!!!
Gram and Papa Mac!
Mitchell, McKinley and Anna Grace!
I can't even begin to tell y'all how special it is that we have teenagers in our lives who love on my kids. There is nothing like it! My kids adore them!!!
(Please take a good look at Mason's hair... he soooooo needs a haircut but begged not to have one this summer. I obliged (like I do when he wants me to wash his favorite shirt every night so he can wear it repeatedly) because it's summer, but y'all... school starts on Monday and cleaner cut days are coming! I can't wait for his haircut!!!)
We were missing Miley's mama last night, but loving watching this wild woman tear it up on the driveway :)
Friends from school!!!
And Uncle Stephen and (soon-to-be Aunt) Cynthia :)
I'm telling you... it turned into a total party. :)
GG Loves Mr. Josh!!!
And look at these sweet faces!!!
People started clearing out and I looked up the driveway and saw this...
Do y'all see what I see?!?!?! We laughed SO HARD!!!! It says "Rete Set Go" Except it doesn't look like set. ;)
Poor kitty had a good time.
I'm not sure who started it, but somehow we ended up with an ice/lemonade fight on our hands and I'm pretty sure my kids lives were MADE! Ice fight with big kids?!?! Amazing.
GG taking on the boys :)
Oh. My. Word.
I think he had a good time :)
After everyone left we jumped in the pool and then it was showers all around.
Luke and Mason sorted and counted the money and...
... they raised $210!!!
(we said "and counting" because we had several friends who couldn't come, but asked us to save them a cup of lemonade) ;)
This was such a cool experience for our kids. Mission Regan just took a group to Zambia and we were able to look at the pictures, pray for the people they were treating and talk about how blessed we are to have access to everything (and more!) than we could possibly need and how important it is to share those blessings with others. I want my kids to have hearts for serving others and generous spirits willing to give freely and joyfully and I felt like this was a project that fit that bill completely.
I think I was in the 4th or 5th grade when a mom at the church I attended was diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember vividly wanting to "do" something and so my friend Kelly Beth and I organized a whole carnival at our church for her. We worked our little tails off.... planning booths, visiting dozens of restaurants asking for their extra happy meal toys for prizes, organizing games, etc... and we were able to donate a sizable chunk of money to her family. I remember being so proud of what we (just KIDS!) had accomplished on our own and tackling other service projects growing up because of this experience. It's a memory that left a lasting impression with me and I hope to foster many of those types of memories for our kids.
If you're interested in hosting your own lemonade stand you can get all the information HERE.
Happy Monday, Friends!!! See you tomorrow for Show and Tell Tuesday where we're going to be sharing our worst school photos ;)