Our July served to be extremely busy. We started out the 4th of July weekend with a visit from Pete's parents and his twin sisters. It was enjoyable but, unfortunately, I had to work the entire weekend. The next weekend we went on our 5th annual Carroll Camping trip. We went to Whitewater Memorial Park. It was very enjoyable and we really think we will return to this camping ground again. The next weekend we went to Ohio for our friend's wedding. We stayed with Matt and Erin Miller (since Pete's family was out of town) and it was wonderful - excellent hospitality! The next weekend I worked and Pete went back to Ohio for a quick visit. Finally, the last weekend in July we went BACK to Ohio to meet up with all of Pete's family at a cabin near Hocking Hills. It was an absolute blast! We played games, hung out in the hot tub, and ate A LOT! :) On Saturday, I drove up to Columbus to meet up with some girls for my friend, Trina's bachelorette party. As you can see, it was a busy month! I am updating in mid August and Claire now has NO binky, is in a big girl bed, and still potty training. She is also in a big girl car seat since her little sis was getting to big for the pumpkin car seat. Grace went for her 9 month check up and is 20 lbs 14 oz (80th percentile) and 28.5 inches long (90th percentile). We were surprised she was so tall but I think her adorable chunkiness makes it less noticeable. She has also started to army crawl and is eating soft table foods. We are trying to work on eating all meals at the table together. Claire lasts about 5 minutes usually but she is started to get that if she doesn't eat, she doesn't get to snack either. Well, enough of this long-winded update... here are some pictures from our month of July...
Grace ready for a road trip
More than just a personality like Uncle Tim...shares basketball skills, too!
Look at those kissable cheeks
Grace excited for her bath (In the beginning of the month, she started taking baths like her big sister... we just needed her to get more stable sitting up so now she sits in the bath tub with Claire)
Claire ready to go play at the mall (hence why she is dressed in yellow, so I can keep track of her!)
Who knew that kids would love laundry baskets so much?
Adult craft activity among friends that just seemed funny on Grace :)
Walked in at night to find Grace with her arm and one leg out of the crib and one leg kicked up - she was sound asleep until mommy took a picture!
Claire and her new pal, Jude!
Happy as can be
When one sister is awake before the other, we usually walk in together and they get into bed together for a little while and play.
Remember how hard it was to get a picture of the two of them? Getting easier!
Again with the laundry basket :)
Big girl sitting up so strong
Daddy and his girls
Was fun while it lasted - shortly after the picture, Grace over-turned but didn't even cry
My cousin, Jessie came into town from Arizona and it was SO great to see her and her dad
Grace in her first official big girl bath
Claire and Grace together - I know Claire appreciates the company
Dont worry, we lowered the rim and Pete was standing right there
Grace learning to eat table foods
Started off a little shaky but slowly got the hang of it
During Pete's family visit, they brought their kayaks and everyone had a blast - including Claire
The following are pictures from our 5th Annual Carroll Camping trip...
The boys grilling out
We brought a baby pool to help the kids fight the heat
Charlotte and Grace played together
Grace is ready for football!
Beth, Debbie, Keith, Lawton, and Grace enjoying Saturday
Claire and Jackson... predicting their future?
Pete and I with the cornhole board covers we got for our wedding
Anne and I at our friend's wedding
The following are pictures from our Vandervaart weekend at the cabin
Bob and Pete playing corn hole
Tim, Mike, Sarah, Pete, and Kwabena hanging out in the hot tub