friday: date night (ish). pete and i went to dinner before he headed to a high school friend's birthday party. i was supposed to go, but wasn't feeling it. since jack was staying at my parents' house, i jumped on the chance to be completely by myself for the evening. it was fantastic! i took the time to prep the backyard a bit with some festive decor:
|pinwheels for the kiddos|
|my attempt at disguising the ever-dirty windows|
|our tutorials for regional hot dog toppings|
|set up for eating + drinking|
the boys usually hang here, ladies on the lawn with the kids running wild!
|flags + citronella tealights in canning jars|
i also watched all four episodes of 'parenthood' that were on demand. i'm hooked! thanks, les!
satruday: so, all by myself, i headed to panera to have a bagel on the patio. i read a little, daydreamed a little, and made a few lists. after grocery shopping (at the ripe hour of 8am! still can't do the sleeping-in thing, as hard as i try!), i headed home to start some baking/cooking for our 2nd annual hot dog party, 1st here! the boys came home around 11, with andy in tow (a different friend of pete's from high school) to prepare the backyard, porch, and house for the party.
he looks creepy taking a pic of the kids swimming, but he's not.
saturday night: hot dog party!! we welcomed friends and neighbors over for hot dogs, drinks, snacks, desserts, and sides. it was hot outside, perfect for water play and frosty beverages.
|i've never set out so many condiments!|
|like i said, guys chilling here.|
|pool time + cantelope = jack and mar's fav activity|
|and the ladies on the lawn|
|becca + mike brought firemen hats and tattoos!|
|jack loves baby jimmy (mallory)|
|berks was the only doggie this year :(|
of course, pepper and bailey were here, but they had to stay inside
not the most well-mannered pups...
|again, lights are my fav!|