We took a last minute trip to Stephen F Austin State Park to camp our way into Memorial Day. Thanks to Grandma and Papa for planning, shopping and preparing the entire night. We basically just showed up with our tent, the camera and a bag of Swedish Fish.
Melissa came with Izzie and gave Papa's single man tent a trial run.
We all went on a hike through a nature trail. Alayna was in posing mood, and every few steps would stop, walk into the bushes, turn around and smile. It was completely on her own and hilarious!
Sammie was on a flower hunt so we could have a bouquet at our picnic table.
The girls (Izzie included) had the most fun playing in the tent.
And just being sisters!
Melissa was in charge of music and for whatever reason, we heard a lot of Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup." These boys had to see if we had the right cups...
The burn ban was lifted and we were able to do hot dogs and s'mores over a real campfire!
This park is great because of all the
grass and shade. We played all morning and stayed through lunch to
finish off all the hot dogs, broccoli salad and watermelon.
I have borrowed a book on how to take pictures. This entire trip is in manual mode. There was a huge spider web in the middle of nowhere that I spent a good 10 minutes trying to capture. For whatever reason, it looks way better on my computer when it's bigger...this one I feel like you can't even see it! I have so much to learn.
Seriously, she's only 5, we shouldn't have to go through these emotions quite yet.
Treasure Cove pulls out all the stops for their preschool graduation.
There was the processional march.
Lots of super-fun songs and dances.
Each graduate got their name called with a diploma.
Ms Sandy and Ms Patty will be missed!
And, Ms Jay Jay too!
Sam was in the Sea Turtles class.
They served us tons of yummy refreshments.
There was an awesome video and slideshow from the year. We got to keep a copy of it, plus her teachers made another one just from her class. Great memories from a great year of preschool. Now, it's on to Kindergarten.
While Blake and Papa slaved away cooking dinner (Cajun stuffed chicken)...
the ladies lounged outside playing with Izzie.
As you can imagine, Samantha just couldn't get enough of this puppy.
Her world revolves around rainbows and dogs.
She was in heaven.
Alayna got to take her for a walk.
Now, you might be wondering, or even shocked that there is a dog in our family...truth be told, Izzie is not ours. Deesh and Melissa took her in as a sick puppy and have been nursing her to health the last couple of weeks. Why would we need a dog, when these crazies are so good with their imagination?!
If anyone is looking for a dog, Izzie is currently looking for a home!