July had to be one of my favorite months of the year this year. We started out the month by heading to my mom's for one of our family's most favorite week/weekend. Every year, family from all over gathers at my mom's house and we swim in the lake, play cards, and just have a great time together. This year was certainly no different. We were able to arrive on Tuesday and not leave until the following Sunday. We enjoyed playing in the lake, taking boat rides, fishing, and going down the new inflatable slide that my mom attached to her dock.
The next week, we were fortunate to be able to head to my mother in law's Dragon Boat Festival at a local lake. The kids enjoyed playing in the lake and sand. We all enjoyed cheering Grammy on when she raced the big dragon boat. It was a really neat experience and we look forward to going again next year.
The following weekend, we celebrated my nephew, Bently's, 3rd birthday party. Sarah and Mike did a great job putting games together and coming up with different activities for the kids. Later that evening, all legal members of the Vandervaart family went out for a night cap. It was so great to spend time with the family.
The final weekend in July entailed our 24th Annual Beach Mo trip. We left early and went up to a resort called "Maui Sands," which has an indoor waterpark. There were bunk beds for the kids with a second TV in their area. It was such a neat hotel room and the kids loved it. The next day, we headed to St. Joe's to visit with the Getty family. It was so great to be reunited with our good friends and Claire was overjoyed to see her buddy, Jude! The next day we spent a great day at Silver Beach with my brother and his family. The rest of the weekend involved drinks, cards, indoor pool, beach and dune climbing. We were blessed with good weather as well.
I couldn't have asked for a better month - 2 weekends with the in-laws and 2 weekends with my family.
This month, Claire took a stab at T-ball. Towards the end of the season, they tried to pitch the ball to her. Let's just say, there is room for improvement in the hand/eye coordination department. What matters, though, is that she had fun.
Claire and Grace attended Vacation Bible School in July. They had a great time and learned lots of fun songs. After the week, they sang at 2 of the Sunday services. They enjoyed singing those songs and I'm hoping to upload a video of their performance a little later.
Jake's speech has improved, but we are continuing to work with him and hope that his talking gets better and better with each month.
The kids were great travellers this month and we had a great time just relaxing and enjoying the time we were able to spend together this month.
Here are some pictures from July: