Happy Birthday America

This may have been the first year we didn’t go anywhere for the Fourth of July. We’re usually busy running around from place to place to see family and friends, but this year we just wanted to take it easy and hang at our home. Our neighbors across the lake from us had a loot of fireworks, so it seemed like we weren’t missing out and we could have some good old fashioned fun. The fireworks were pretty spectacular and the evidence now lives on our deck.

We had a few friends over, barbecued some ribs, drank some beer and had a campfire and made s’mores. It doesn’t get any more American than that. We got a couple of pictures of the babes – all girls – but it does take a miracle to get a good pic of a 3 month old, 8 month old and two 2 year olds. A miracle did not occur, but here’s the result nonetheless along with one of our two munchkins.

Dressed patriotically and giving hugs and smiles.

Dressed patriotically and giving hugs and smiles.

Cute girls who also can't really sit still for a photo.

Cute girls who also can’t really sit still for a photo.

A Name and A Shower

We’ve officially decided on a name for our second daughter, at least a first name: Piper.  We had a very difficult time coming to this name. We boiled it down to three names and the other two were a bit more feminine than Piper. At the end of the day, Piper just spoke to us and we felt it fit her, even though we haven’t met her quite yet.  I’m honestly still getting used to it, but I feel like when she arrives it will feel right – or it won’t and we’ll change it – we’ll see!

Last weekend was Piper’s baby shower. As I’ve mentioned before, I always feel a little awkward at shower’s because I don’t like being in the spotlight, but I just kept telling myself it wasn’t me, it was Piper in the spotlight – it helped a little.  The second child baby shower was definitely different than the first. With the first baby there’s so much more stuff you need and this is a woman’s first time going through pregnancy and welcoming a child into her life. Once that new and first time occurrence has passed, the hype definitely dies down a little. This fact makes the shower and what’s being celebrated no less important or beautiful in my mind.

In fact, I was really touched that my aunt Laura from Colorado came into town for a “girl’s weekend” and helped my mom cook and get ready all weekend. My Grandma Lola also changed her flight down to Arizona in order to attend, which was really amazing! I had such a great time with everyone and I left feeling like I wanted to hang out more. It made me realize even though I’m a mom and we’re remodeling a house and I work full-time and I’ve got 50 million things to do, I need to carve out more time to spend with the people I love because at the end of the day that’s what’s really important. Action from this conclusion coming soon!

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