A day off work=fun in the sun!

A day off work=fun in the sun!

The summer is a time to really be out in the sun and spend time with family! Brielle actually got to spend it with her cousins Emma and Aide a couple of times and had a blast! I knew that I only get to have a couple days off of work and spend time with my niece and nephew this month, so I took full advantage when my brother had to work and we got to spend time with the kiddos! 🙂

We decided to go to the Thinkery (the children’s museum) on one of the days in Austin so all the kiddos could run off some energy and have a lot of fun learning about all types of different things.  I love that in this museum, you can really have as much fun as your kiddo does, because everything is catered to the child and the adult which I find very cool.  It’s interactive, and at different stations there is usually one employee who will guide the kids and help do the activity!  I think all of the kids loved the magnet wall and anything to do with water, the best. They had a ton of fun and were pretty worn out when we left, and we knew that they would need food and then they could all get a good nap.  So after a pit stop at In-And-Out which was so delicious, we had to drop off all of the Ronald McDonald donations we had received from Brielle’s party.  They were so sweet and appreciative of all of the donations, and even wrote a thank you note to our family, which we got in the mail just a few days later after dropping off all of the donations.  I love the Ronald McDonald House and I definitely hope to be able to donate more in the near future! 🙂

On another day, we (my mom and I) took all three kiddos to the pool (and let me tell you, BLESS all you mamas with 3+ kids and manage it by yourself) and it was SO fun to see each of them excel in different areas at the same time.  Emma is such a great swimmer, Brielle is just now starting to get comfortable but won’t really swim away from us and will only swim to the other person if they are a few feet away, and aiden is so funny because he just loves to kind of float and just go where the girls go.  The loved that the pool in Lockhart has a baby pool where they could all stand and pretty do whatever they wanted to a certain extent as long as they stayed near us.  What surprised all of us, was that there was a splash pad outside of the pool area within walking distance, AND we didn’t have to pay extra to get in there (win, win!) Brielle is definitely NOT one for water splashing in her face, or going under the water, so I think she took the most time to adjust to the splash pad.  Emma and Aiden took to it very quickly and loved it, but after about 20 mins there, we could tell that the kids were getting pretty worn out/hungry and so we all headed back to my moms to be able to feed the kids before laying them all down for a well needed nap! (I love that Emma is really the only one that doesn’t have to take a nap but will let the other kids rest without interrupting them.   This was actually the first day that I really went swimming ALL summer and it was super fun!

The days were full of love, kisses, excitement, a couple of temper tantrums, and whole lot of FUN! I loved my day offs and it filled up my heart with so much!

Here are some pictures from the days 🙂

Brielle and Aiden looking "down under"
Brielle and Aiden looking “down under”
Bumbo anyone?
Bumbo anyone?
Waterfall fun!
Waterfall fun!
Brielle (ok let's just say majority kids in the Texas summer heat) LOVES water!
Brielle (ok let’s just say majority kids in the Texas summer heat) LOVES water!
Magnet wall!
Magnet wall!
Driving time!
Driving time!
Emma building her own car with the help of one of their workers! :)
Emma building her own car with the help of one of their workers! 🙂
I CAN FLY!
I CAN FLY!
Aiden!
Aiden!
Such sweet kisses!
Such sweet kisses!
GIRL time!
GIRL time!
Love these three!!
Love these three!!

Happy Birthday Emma!!!

Happy Birthday Emma!!!

I cannot believe my precious niece is 4 years old! I remember the first day I got to meet her when she came back from California.  I fell in love immediately and wanted to spend as MUCH time with her as possible.  I learned her sleeping habits, her facial expressions, her favorite baby foods, and the ones she didn’t like too much.  It feels like time has flashed and my precious little Emma is going to be in school soon!

As soon as you meet her, you fall in love with her crazy, wild, loving personality.  She is always up for an adventure and she rarely ever stops moving from the moment she woke up until the moment she goes to bed.  I wish for one day I had the energy she does and I admire that so much.

Emma has not been one to sit still for a long time and want to practice and learn new things, because she picks up on so much without you ever having to teach her, but this year has changed so much for her and I have seen so much growth and happiness come from it.  My brother calls it “homework time” and have started to see her like learning new things that are school related.  She is growing so fast and school is right around the corner and we cannot wait to see how much more knowledge she gains in school!

The relationship made between Emma and Brielle is beyond precious as well.  She literally took Brielle in right away and fell in love.  They fight like two sisters, but also love like two sisters.  The bond between them is unbreakable and they both get so excited when they get to spend one on one time with each other! I love our monthly family days and as do they.  I hope they grow to pray for each other, love each other, and depend on each other as the years go on.  I truly hope they cherish how important the bond is between cousins and realize that they have to truly work on their relationship as much as possible.

Oh and thank goodness I got a LOT of practice on babies wearing bows/headbands because every.single.time I saw my niece I told my brother that I would be buying more bows and hair accessories and put them in her hair every time I see her.  I just think every little girl looks THAT much cuter with a bow! 😉

I know being four is going to be SO great for Emma and I cannot wait to see what new adventures in life this year is going to bring her.  I am hoping that it calls for more quality family time! 🙂

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Auntie LOVES you precious girl!!