Our 4th of July!

Guess what Costco had this year! Fireworks! I was so dang excited when I saw them because for a huge box it was “only” $50! Normally when we buy fireworks at the fireworks stand it’s twice that! So I got a big box of fireworks from there and then we went to a stand to get sparklers and pop its! We got a variety of sparklers to try out!

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Brooklyn had stayed home, she doesn’t like to go on most errands. Once home I painted nails… anyone who wanted them painted got them painted. Me, Sierra, Ember, Everett, and Lyla.

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I had bought 4th of July themed shirts the second I saw them in WalMart probably a month or more ago! The kids finally got a chance to wear them!

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We packed up our fireworks and lightweight camping chairs in the back of the van and I noticed someone had thrown an applesauce pouch into the back and it spilled everywhere! Luckily I keep baby wipes in the van and was able to wipe it up but sheesh.

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One more sad part of getting divorced and moving into an apartment is we don’t have a yard and legally you can’t set off fireworks unless you have private property and I looked up the laws and you can’t set off fireworks at parking lots or parks or on streets that aren’t yours… luckily there is a special parking lot set up for people to set off fireworks! It wasn’t close to where we were going to watch the fireworks in the sky so I was a little worried about making it back in time to see the big fireworks but it all worked out and I was so thankful for this area to do personal fireworks!

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The kids’ dad was there, we share holidays, and I have pictures of him with the kids but I’m not posting them because ya know, I keep him off my social media, but in case you were curious, he was there and so far we’ve decided on sharing custody on all holidays and birthdays.

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Payson and Ember doing peace signs ♥174efbblog198efbblog

And now… fireworks!

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Lyla was thrilled. She kept trying to run up close to them so keeping an eye on her was a full time job. Like with every second of every other day. haha!

I told the kids that I think once they’re 10 years old they could light fireworks as long as they light it and then immediately hurry back toward the van. So Sierra lit her first fireworks!

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These are tightly cropped photos from larger versions since her dad was with her. The originals (which is what I’ll use for our scrapbooks) are so cool! I think cropping up close like this is better than blurring faces though! Do you?245ecropfbblog

I didn’t get pictures of the other kids lighting fireworks because I was also filming parts of our day…I vlogged a lot. So as soon as I edit that I’ll add the video to the end of this post.

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After we set off our last fireworks we drove back to our city to see the fireworks in the sky. Our city does a really good job and we always get “front row” seats. Literally as close as you can get, we get. It’s AMAZING! It’s like we’re sitting right under the fireworks!

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Several of the kids wanted to sit right between me and their dad to be close to both of us during the fireworks. That was tricky setting up chairs. We were basically bunched together in a big group. It worked well and was touching that they were so concerned with being next to both of us.

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Lyla liked the fireworks, she sat on her dad’s lap through most of it and Everett sat on my lap. But you can bet that she also wanted mom and mom’s boobs a few times throughout the night. haha

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After the fireworks ended the kids’ dad went home since it was late. We went and did sparklers over by where we’d parked our van.

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It was awesome having three different types of sparklers! We liked each one for totally different reasons. It was a blast. Such a perfect day.

Going to See Toy Story 4!

I was 12 when the first Toy Story came out and I loved it. I’ve seen each movie since. We went on the opening day of Toy Story 3 back in 2010!

So when I heard about the fourth Toy Story of course I planned on going opening day! Unfortunately we couldn’t but we did go a few days later!

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I actually didn’t even get that excited from the trailer, it didn’t look all that funny, weirdly enough. But my whole family was laughing the entire time! I hated the ending and my kids really hated the ending (Woody LEAVING his child?!?!) but whatever. It’s a movie. haha

Oh my gosh Forky: my kids were roaring with laughter.

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After all that laughing and good endorphins my kids had so much energy. They wanted to run around and play outside the theater for a while before heading home.

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We needed to go to Costco for some groceries and Lyla fell asleep on the drive over so I put her in the ergo while we shopped!

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She woke up in the store and wanted to breastfeed before heading home!

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It was such a great day! 🙂

Magna Tile Fun!

 

I can’t remember if I blogged about how I put the magna tiles in storage or if I blogged about taking them back out of storage. haha! It was an INTENSE year so obviously when it comes to record keeping, it’s a big blur.

But last year our downstairs neighbors complained constantly to the apartment manager about the noise my kids were making. They specified crashing noises as one of the worst noises. I figured out right away they must be talking about when my kids build tall towers out of magna tiles and then those towers fall to the ground because it literally sounds like dropping a huge box of plates or something. It’s SO loud. So I put the magna tiles in storage and figured as soon as I could afford to rent a house instead of apartment we’d bring them back out. I was so freaking sad about it because my kids LOVE magna tiles the MOST. It’s their all time favorite toy.

Fast forward through the winter and spring to just before summer when it came time to either renew my lease or move. Financially I can’t move even if I wanted to (which I did) so I decided to stay for one more year here. There are a lot of benefits to staying, which I briefly talk about here.

Anyway, one of the losses I couldn’t quite accept was my kids not playing with magna tiles for another year. I know it probably sounds silly but imagine your kid’s all time favorite play time and taking that from them for years. I decided to bring the magna tiles back out in smaller batches so the kids couldn’t build huge towers. That worked. But there weren’t enough magna tiles for the kids to each be able to build things all at once so eventually I decided to make some new magna tile rules in order to bring them all out but keep the noise down. Rule 1 is: no towers taller than Lyla when she’s sitting. Rule 2 is: no knocking over structures for fun… try to gently take them apart to rebuild.

These pictures are from the first few days we had the magna tiles back out. It took a few reminders of the rules but the kids have been playing happily and decently quietly with them ever since ♥477efbblog449efbblog456efbblog

Summer Movie Program Starts!

I wisely dressed my littlest kids in the clean clothes I wanted them to wear to the movie the next day so I could wake them up and go straight to theater since the movies start early. This was them the morning we went and saw Ice Age.


 
We got there early with no tears or meltdowns. By kids or mom. haha


 
Lyla fell right to sleep while breastfeeding in the theater and Everett was happy for most of the movie. The last 10 or 15 minutes both of them were awake and very cranky so it was a struggle but it was fine. I managed to keep them happy enough they didn’t disturb anyone from watching the movie 🙂
 
We walked around after the movie because the weather was perfection!!