"I've been watching you dad ain't that cool,
I'm your buckaroo, I wanna be like you."
                                                  -Rodney Atkins



It's about time we upgrade Savannah's shades (her last and only pair were so small on her!). I don't know about you, but I'd say this chica sure knows how to rock the Miraflex frames.
She picked the color. And she's sleeping with them on at the moment. (Of course.)
I heart her.


A girl and her book

This girl goes to bed with a book, wakes up with a book, takes a book with her in the car, reads a book in her fort, reads a book at the table, and even wanders around the yard while reading a book. If she's not doing any of these, she's contemplating which book to read next. I heart this girl.


Como Zoo

So we have these awesome next door neighbors - Tom and Joanne. (Though the title "neighbor" doesn't do them justice because they are way more than just neighbors.) They've more so crossed over into the "family" category. It's their names that Asher randomly calls out the door ("Pom! Jih-yan! Out there??") . When they (especially Tom) come home from work, Asher sprints faster than we ever see him move so he can be the first to give Tom high fives and a good welcome home greeting. It's because of them that our kids are now 'dog people'.  They moved here from New Jersey, taught us that a dog is really a "doo-awg" , pizza is actually a "pie", and they love on our kids like they were their own.

This week they have some of their family visiting from out East and invited us to go up to Como Zoo with them. Also happened to be on a day that we had our little friend, Elana, with us for the day. Five kids at a very packed zoo. Whew! There was a lot of head counting...

"1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ok, we're good!"

"1, 2, 3, 4...Jeremiah? Jeremiah? Phew...5"

"1, 2, 3, 4, wait...where's...oh...5"

"1, 2, 3...Mike, do you have Savannah?! Oh good...4, 5"

Fortunately our kids are not runaways, but we were still on hyper-hover-parent mode.

Until the end.

When we lost Asher.

Only once. And thankfully "Grammy" saw him escape and she made a mad dash for him.
(all while this mama was having a panic attack for about 7 seconds - which, by the way, felt far more like hours!)

We packed a picnic lunch with us, but leave to Asher to mooch off someone else's plate.
(Dude, I don't blame him, Joanne had fries! Totally trumps mommy's almond butter and jelly sandwich.)
I wish I knew what Tom had asked Jeremiah. He sure is putting a lot of thought into his answer, ha!
I had asked the kids which animal they were most excited to see while we were there. Brooklyn didn't want to leave without seeing the turtles.
Jeremiah didn't really have much of a preference. He was just excited to be there.
And Savannah...our animal-loving Savannah has just been obsessed with adored giraffes since she was old enough to voice her opinion. I don't think it would have been a successful zoo day without seeing those giraffes.



Fourth of July Shenanigans

Trying to convince himself that goggles (aka "goggly eyes" according to Savannah) fit him just as well as they fit Brooklyn.

Took a pontoon ride around the lake and have since then decided that the Grahams (cousins included) hold the best pontoon dance parties. Hands down.

My little niece, Kenzie, started our dance party by playing with the buttons on the boat, turning the radio on, then with a squeal announced "I made music!!" (I heart her.).

And somehow, through the loudest and most exciting dance party, my little nephew Cylas apparently had no problem popping in his thumb and putting himself to sleep.