July 4th became my second favorite holiday last year, once I saw how amazing it is in a small town. I love everything about it. I love the history (of course). I love the sense of camaraderie. I love the Red, White, and Blue. I love the food. I love the fireworks. This year there was even more to love!
Thursday after work, we drove out to the Wilkins for a cookout. It was a blast! The food was delicious and Kelly had organized a game of Water Balloon Volleyball. It was so fun! I definitely want to play again as soon as possible!
Friday was a day off for the clinic and hospital staff. It was also the day of the parade! I participated in the Steele Memorial float. I have to say, it was gorgeous! All I did was hand out Otter Pops and necklaces, but it was a blast!
Charli and Sean helped too!
The rest of the day on Friday we crashed.
Saturday, Trey was planning on firing up the grill and cooking up some meat for us to eat for a while. Ellen and Adam and the Adkins ended up joining in on the fun and we just made an impromptu party of it!
We got swag.
Those are dazzleberry pies, in case you were wondering.
That should tide us over.
Last year, I missed the Demolition Derby. But, not this year! And I’m so happy I went. It was crazy, wild, funny, and about a hundred other emotions!
After the Derby, we came home and got ready for bed. Then we sat on the trampoline and watched the fireworks. It was a perfect day!
I just feel like this deserves it’s own post. The story is his to share, but there you have it. I’m kinda proud of my man.
Trey’s family was just here! It was such a great (albeit whirlwind) visit. The best part was definitely seeing ALL of the cousins together again. And especially all of us Salmon Sapps getting to bond with Max.
Family dinner. My heart was so full that night.
That cheese, tho.
Cousins and sandcastles
Charli and Uncle Scott
Trey breaking in his new grill
Fiesta at the Mexican restaurant for Father’s Day
Can’t wait to see this kid again next month!
Let’s do it again soon!
Soccer in the rain
Letters from Lexie
New jewelry box!
A night in the hospital, for a concussion.
All better and ready to go home!
Sometimes, they’re just so sweet.
Sound booth vibes
How I felt after VBS
Quick Missioula trip
Inside Out with mah gurls
My boss gave me this fabulous creamer. I use it as a coffee mug.
It’s been pretty great, so far. Can’t believe how fast it’s going!
So, Trey and his college-buddy Tony came up with this crazy idea for all six of us to visit Spokane (6 hour drive from Salmon) and stay with he and his lovely family. I have to say I think it was brave for them to take us all in. I can’t say enough how much fun we had. They were amazing and generous hosts and spoiled us rotten!
I just felt so trendy!
Fancy hotel down town!
New friends: they’re “book” penpals now.
My time here with Leah was just precious!
Butters ended her hunger strike as soon as we walked in the door.
Okay, I just have to brag on this one. I threw Madeline the most amazing 11th birthday party ever! Totally stole the idea from our next door neighbors to have a tea party at the Rose House. She had done that for her baby shower and I completely fell in love with the house and knew Madeline would love to do her birthday party there. It was just as lovely as I had imagined!
Girls in the kitchen
Paper straws make me happy
Drink all the tea!
Cloth napkins, because we fancy
Madeline designed the fruit tray
So proud of her cake!
Photo booth was a big hit!
One of my favorite Madeline pictures ever!
The Rose House
Every detail in that house is amazing.
Couldn’t have pulled it off without Mamaw!
Tea set charm bracelets as party favors!
…and it wasn’t a complete disaster!
My parents came to see us at the end of May and we had such an amazing time with them. We definitely redeemed last November’s trip when everyone was so sick and Mom ended up in the ER. They got to see some of the country and we just had great, quality time! We took them to some of our favorite places, ate some of our favorite foods, and made some new favorite memories!
I love moss on trees!
A great hike!
This may be our first selfie ever!
What? You don’t hike in your pink cowgirl boots?
I think Mom and I enjoyed the Mason’s Hall the most this time. Grandpa Bob was a Mason.
Took a tour of the mill in this sweet ride!
Enjoying our swingset!
Loving our friends, that have become family!
Digging a ridiculous hole.
Working on the jeep.
We got a new chair! It’s my favorite.
Roasting marshmallows at the Ganskes!
Fun at Kid’s Church!
Puppet shows from my girls.
Cokes from work friends
A lot of soccer!
Busted out windows for no apparent reason.
Best Sunday School class ever!
Big Mommy makes THE best cards.
A new camera
First lost TOOTH! At 4 1/2.
Madeline finished her first year of Girl Scouts!
Trey got my bunting up. It will be up until September. J’adore.
Not to be outdone, David pulled his own tooth.
About to get a shot😦
David holding my hand.
Cold at soccer!
He is just so photogenic.
Best soccer coach ever.
A sweet surprise gift from Sean!
Between me working full-time, Trey working full-time and having Daddy-duty, visiting family, birthdays, holidays, life, school, church we’ve been a little busy. Our cup runneth over.
It started with a trip to Ace Hardware.
Trey had his own projects that weekend and I had a couple of pieces of furniture in desperate need of help! Trey was so awesome and stopped periodically to help me with my projects.
Here’s the first piece. It’s a vanity that I wanted turned into a desk. I paid $24 for it at The Pack Rat.
Trey scraping off the water-damaged wood
We spackled the top. Haha!
Ta-Da! It’s in our bedroom now.
One of the perks of living in Idaho is the dry air. Comes in super-handy when you’re painting furniture. In Georgia, you have to give things a couple hours to dry, but not here!
The second piece I did was the girls’ dresser.
Wow, is this overdue! I finally emptied the pictures off of my phone and had a few minutes to sit down. I can barely even remember Easter, but I know it was super fun this year! Haha! Here are a few of the highlights…
Good Friday (well, Sunday)
The kids love going to Cowboy Church. They don’t have Sunday School. They have Kid’s Coral. Duh! This particular Sunday, we had the cutest visitor EVER. A miniature donkey. If that doesn’t make the Bible come to life, nothing will!
We started something that will DEFINITELY be an annual tradition from here on out. Resurrection rolls! You take marshmallows and dip them in melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Then you wrap them in a refrigerated biscuit. It represents Jesus going in to the tomb, obviously. We baked them on Sunday morning, and sure enough, the tombs were empty! So exciting. The marshmallows melt and leave behind the empty biscuit.
A big hit all around!
We went to church Sunday morning, where I took approximately 150 pictures. It was pretty cold still, here in Salmon. Easter was hard this year. I definitely missed my family more than I had the entire time so far, even more than Christmas. For pictures, I missed standing outside with all of the beautiful Georgia azaleas.
Madeline won’t look at me and David won’t smile
Mom’s starting to get frustrated
Madeline is getting violent and David still won’t smile
But, how cute is Charli???
Oh, good grief.
That’s more like it.
The best of the bunch.
This year a few of the families that don’t have family around got together and shared a meal. It was so fun. These people have become like family, when our own loved ones are so far away. Plus, the Gebhardts have horses, so yay!