July started out with celebrations of Canada Day with friends.
We met together to watch the fireworks.
When I got home I looked at the dozens of pictures of the fireworks that I took and decided that next year I would just sit back and take them in and enjoy the moment.
I left you last month with the beginning of the painting project that T and B took on for their summer improvement project.
For some odd reason I didn't take pictures of the before of the front of the house.
As you can see the house is too high to safely paint from a ladder.
A lift was brought in and I felt slightly better about the two of them tackling the project on their own.
I was heard hollering out the window from time to time to be careful.
My warnings were heeded by the two comedians.
B did all the trim and was in charge of papering off the windows.
My job was to bring food and treats and spend some time in between with the littles.
I was given a ride up the lift whether I wanted to or not.
The front of the house...
The garden has kept us in all the vegetables we need.
The flowers have been amazing as long as I keep them watered.
It was sweet little M's 5th birthday!
She invited all her cousins and best friends to help celebrate.
It was a perfect evening for a swim.
These two had a birthday as well!
Their mommy has a conversation with each of the children on their birthday.
These conversations are then posted at their parties for guests to read and enjoy.
It's wonderful to see what remains the same each year and what changes.
The theme of their party was summer Olaf.
There was a photo booth.
Everyone (without exception) participated.
I haven't seen our photo yet but will be sure to present it here when it comes to my inbox.
Remember how little H was born on his Grandpa's birthday?
He's now 4.
The blackberries are ripe.
We would have millions of beautiful berries if we would have had some rain.
Only about a 1/4 of the berries are ripening plump and juicy while the rest of the blackberries are hard little nuggets. =(
Sweet K still managed to find a few dandelions in the dry grass.
July was dry but we had one really great day of rain and everything looked fresh and clean for a few hours.
We enjoyed having friends over this month. Summer always seems so short and we were happy to take time to connect with friends we see often and some friends we don't see nearly often enough.
T had a crash at BMX on Wednesday night and dislocated a finger and ended up spending some time getting to know the local ER.
He managed to put on a smile for the camera.
My favorite photo of the month was actually taken at the end of June at our family weekend away.
K 6 years old, M 5 years old, T 7 years old, H 4 years old , N 7 years old.
That was July 2015.
All for now..