Sunday, July 13, 2014

Parker County Peach Festival

Saturday we went to Weatherford for the Peach Festival with Yiayia, Nana, Bill, and Karyn. It was so very hot, but we managed to see most of the booths and enjoy lots of fair junk food. Of course we bought peaches too, but I didn't have to buy some for our house because I won some in an Instagram photo contest they were holding. All I had to do was take a photo and post it to Instagram with the hashtag and mine was the last winner picked of the day. We had actually already left the festival and were sitting at Sonic getting cold drinks when I received them message that I had won, so we had to drive back over to the festival so I could walk in and claim my free peaches. I wasn't going home without them! My winning photo:

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lionel Richie

Friday night Nick and I went with Brad and Kimilee to Dallas to see Lionel Richie in concert. He was fabulous!! He was incredible in person and we had a blast! I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the show (I don't know why - his music is amazing) but it was way up on the list in terms of favorites I've ever been to. He sounded great, his songs sounded like the albums, and he was great with crowd interaction.
1. All Around the World
2. Penny Lover
3. Easy / My Love
4. Ballerina Girl
5. You Are
6. Truly
7. Running with the Night
8. Still (Commodores song)
9. Oh No (Commodores song)
10. Stuck on You
11. Dancing on the Ceiling
12. Three Time a Lady (Commodores song)
13. Sail On (Commodores song)
14. Fancy Dancer (Commodores song)
15. Sweet Love (Commodores song)
16. Lady (You Bring Me Up) (Commodores song)
17. Just to be Close to You
18. Zoom (Commodores song)
19. Endless Love
20. Say You, Say Me
21. Brick House / Fire (Commodores song)
22. Hello
23. All Nigh tLong
24. We are the World
 Once we hit the parking lot, bootleggers were everywhere with t-shirts. I had actually purchased one inside (for once) but when I walked past one of the guys he was saying "Concert shirts, half price!" and they had only been $10 to start with. So the next guy that I approached asked me what size and I asked him how much? He said $10, I told him I only had $5 and the other guy was selling them for $5...and he tried to make a deal with me and Nick that we could get two shirts for $15....and I told him that it didn't change the fact that I only had $5 (which was not true - I had $9, but still) he caved and handed me a t-shirt and I gave him $5. Score!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

More Swim Pics!

Kate is doing fabulous in swim class. On day two Cheryl had them jump off the diving board once and Kate was hesitant, at first, but her friends had just gone so the peer pressure was there to complete the jump (although she did this several times last summer in class). She managed just fine, and on days 3 and 4 she went off the diving board several times.
She will now float on her back without any touch or assistance from Cheryl, and she will lay perfectly still for several seconds. This is a major improvement over last summer for sure. She constantly fought to keep her ears out of the water last year, but finally she has become more comfortable with just laying still. At one point Cheryl had her jump in from the side, swim out, roll over to her back and then just float while laying perfectly still to the other side of the pull with only the occasional tug from Cheryl to keep her moving. She did it! I was very proud of her for sure.
 On day 4, Cheryl had her jump off the diving board, swim out to her, roll over, and then swim on her back the entire length of the pool until she reached the steps. It was awesome and I was so proud of my big girl!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Swim Lessons!

Today we started two weeks of swim lessons. I was a little nervous about how Kate would do today since she had an utter meltdown last night about them and proclaimed that she was "never going to go swimming again!" because she didn't want to go under water. We told her that was fine, but she still had to go to swim lessons so she could learn how to be safe in the water. This morning I was expecting the worst, and she was nervous so we went early so she could watch the class before ours to calm her nerves.

She was a rock star - not a single tear this morning before or during class! She went under when she was told, she jumped in each time she was told to, and she even turned over onto her back and floated (which was a huge issue last year and she hated that part). In fact, after class she was a little annoyed that they didn't get to jump off the diving board today.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

New 'do

Kate had been asking to cut her hair for a little while now, and I wasn't positive that she was serious or even understood that once it was cut, it was cut. Obviously it grows back, which isn't a big deal to me, but she isn't exactly known for her patience. She has always told me that "princesses have long hair" so it was important that she was ready for the big change. On Saturday afternoon she decided it was time, so she wanted to pick out a photo online of what she wanted before I took her to Cool Cuts 4 Kids.
This is the girl I walked in with:
During the hair cut I sent this photo to Daddy, who didn't know that we had actually gone to do it:
His reply? "Whoa!" But how could you not love the results??
She was positively giddy when it was over. It looks so cute on her too! This should help keep using from having a tangly mess most of the day as well. It was a rare occasion that she would let me braid her hair or put it up in a ponytail, so why bother keeping it long?

Saturday, July 5, 2014

July 4th

We started off our 4th of July with a cookout at Yiayia's house. Bill grilled burgers and hot dogs, Nana made potato salad and both apple and cherry pies, and there were plenty of other sides and ice cream as well. So we ate pretty good, you could say. Bill's dad and stepmom came by as well, and we had a fairly lazy afternoon of talking and hanging out.
At 6:30 the festivities began in Newark at some friend's house. One of the young couples from church always hosts a big 4th of July party and again we had grilled burgers, hot dogs, and ALL the fixings as well as an 8' table of red, white, and blue desserts. July 4th desserts are so much fun. I even got in on the action and made cupcakes and patriotic cherries and strawberries.
 After our bellies were full and the sun went down, out came the fireworks. Ben and Amy live in a small community where it's legal to shoot fireworks, so it worked out well because several of the neighbors were also setting them off so we had quite a show all around us.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Rockin' the River

Last night I headed downtown with Mom, Richard, Trey and his friend Ricky to watch fireworks from Rockin' the River. They do fireworks every week after the concert. A fellow photographer friend gave me some pointers on where we could park away from all the traffic letting out of the event later, but it would require us to walk a little ways (3/4 of a mile) along the Trinity River to get set up. So we hiked up the rather steep banks they put in along the river and over so we could get down to the sidewalk.

We arrived around 40 minutes before the fireworks started, so we took the opportunity to do some light painting with our cell phones and also shot some photos of the skyline. We had a really nice view of the whole city from where we stood.
 Finally it was time for the fireworks to begin, and man did they ever! Right about the same time as the Rockin' the River fireworks started, across Main Street at the Fort Worth Cats game they also started shooting them off. About 1 minute later, way over in the Botanic Gardens, the fireworks began for the Concerts in the Gardens, so we had a show going on three side of us! It was difficult to figure out which way to look most of the time.
 But then, right as the finale was about to begin for the Rockin' the River fireworks, this happened:
 I'm fairly certain that it wasn't planned or part of the actual show, but we thought it was pretty cool, nonetheless. I wasn't even sure if I got the shot until I got home and uploaded everything last night.
I'm looking forward to more fireworks fun tonight with our church family!