Fireworks 2016 – Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

Fourth of July is such a fun time of year. Not only do we have quite a few birthdays to celebrate, but we enjoy going to our annual BBQ and fireworks with Mimi, Papa, Auntie Ade, and Gigi (maybe one day Uncle Fran, Aunt Sarah, and Baby Maizy will join us). Each year, as the girls get easier, it gets even more enjoyable, but I must admit I do miss snuggling my babies watching the fireworks (Isabella was only 2 weeks old when she first went).

This year we had plenty of time to run and play on the golf course and it was so much fun. Watching my girls play, laugh and have fun is the best thing in the world.

We started the evening off at Mimi and Papa’s house then headed to Indianwood for dinner and fireworks. Sophia and Isabella of course wanted to ride in the golf cart with Papa, but the babies rode with me in the car.

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I really think one of my girls’ favorite things about the fireworks might be all the goodies they get, glow necklaces, balls, beads, etc.

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I can’t even begin to tell you how blessed my girls are to have grandparents that love to run around and play with them (you will never find them just watching they love to join in on the fun). Mimi even took her shoes off; best Mimi ever!!

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Oh how we love our Auntie Ade. She is the best!! Whenever we are together she is my second set of hands always stepping in to help with my girls. We love having her around. Now we just need her to stop working so much so she can be with us ALL the time. 🙂

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After playing for a long time we got comfy on our blankets to watch the fireworks and Papa was definitely the best seat in the house.

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Sophia is such a big girl, I can’t take it.

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Snuggles with Auntie are the best. Our Isabella was starting to get tired. Towards the end of the show she said her eyes could stay open.

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All I wanted was a picture of my girls and me. Each time we tired someone wasn’t there then finally we got it, but this was the best we could do. Oh well, at least we got it!! My girls are my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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I love looking back all all my pictures from our days together, they always bring a smile to my face.

That was just Friday night of our weekend. I will share more about the rest of it tomorrow. If I kept going this post would go on and on. Have a wonderful Tuesday!!

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  1. How do you celebrate Fourth of July? Do you see fireworks?


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WIAW # 129


Today was a great day of eating. I ate healthy, but delicious food. The best part is I ate what I wanted when I wanted, not what I thought I HAD to, to be healthy. Macro counting is amazing, eat what you want, in moderation, make it fit your numbers and you are good to go. Life is about so much more than restricting food.

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Meal # 1

After finishing a Pop Pilates booty day I ate banana bread protein pancakes. They were delicious and filling. Seriously, these pancakes fill me up for hours.


Meal # 2

After getting home from gymnastics I seasoned and grilled some chicken breasts (8 ounces to be exact; that’s a lot of protein) to make a BBQ chicken salad and it was delicious. I added some bacon, light mozzarella (Trader Joe’s) and topped it with 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce. It hit the spot and again kept my full for hours. I will definitely be making this again soon. I eat at least one salad a day.

BBQ Chicken Salad homemade

Snack # 1

A few hours later I was in the mood for something sweet so I ate a bowl of strawberries and grapes.

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Meal # 3

Once we got home from the pool, I ate some edamame while I cooking my hamburger and vegetable nest (Trader Joe’s). I forgot how much I liked edamame, these are going to have to become a regular in my every day food.


Snack # 2

To end my night I ate a banana with a teaspoon of almond butter.

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  1. What have you been eating lately?
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Father’s Day Weekend 2016

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I hope each and everyone of you had a wonderful weekend. We sure tried our best to spoils our dads and my hubby.

Steve, So many things about you make me love you, like your kindness, strength and loving heart. But, the one thing I treasure most of all is the wonderful father you are. I am so grateful to have you by my side as we raise our family and build a life together.

Happy Father’s Day with all my love, Renee

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Dad, where do I begin. A father like you is not easy to find. You are one of a kind. You were my first love, you taught me how to love and be loved. You showed me what it meant to put your family first no matter what. You live you life with such amazing faith and generosity. You would do anything for your children and grandchildren, we couldn’t live this life without you. Thank you for everything you are and continue to be. Thank you for all that you are and continue to be. I love you with all my heart.

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I wanted to give my hubby a relaxing weekend, but also spend time with our dads. So, I kept Saturday completely open, I wanted him to be able to nap and relax, but Steve of course had other plans. He just can’t stop.

Steve and my brother-in-law picked up our new kitchen table and we spent some of the day setting it all up. I love it, but it will take some getting used to. It’s BIG, but perfect!! We have a bench on one side and are able to fit three chairs on the other as well as two at the end. It is great for our big family. I will post pictures ASAP!! I wish I took a before picture, but I didn’t. I’m sorry, I would have loved to see the transformation.

After nap time on Saturday we spent the afternoon at the pool (I warned everyone when it opened this was where we were going to be day in a day out). It was simply perfect. There is nothing like after swim cuddles.

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We started our Sunday with sleeping in and breakfast with Steve’s dad. I made my Baked French Toast and for the first time I replaced cow’s milk with cashew milk. My next step is finding a dairy-free replacement for half-and-half. I think I may simply try replacing all of the milk/half-and-half with cashew milk; its creamy and I think it may work. Not only would this make it dairy-free for my hubby, but it would reduce the fat and calories a lot. So, we will see and I will keep you updated.

We spent the rest of the day at Mimi and Papa’s house. Steve went golfing with Papa and us girls had a blast playing in their backyard with the pool and slip’n slide. It was HOT so this was just what we needed!!

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We ended the day with a wonderful BBQ and of course the girls wanted to spend the night at Mimi and Papa’s house and that is just what they did. Well, except for McKenzie for some reason she wanted to come home with Mommy. This would be the first time in 3 years, since bringing McKayla and McKenzie home from the hospital, that they woudln’t sleep in the same room and I was quite nervous, but everything turned out okay. Actually, I must say I loved my alone time with McKenzie. We snuggled, ate breakfast, played, and got dressed just the two of us. I hate to say it, but it was kind of too quiet. I just didn’t know what to do with myself. I missed the rest of my group, but I do love spending one-on-one time with my girls. McKenzie did ask about her sisters all morning, it was very sweet. McKenzie and I stopped at Target before heading over to get the girls and that was so much fun. Again it was just too easy. I guess I was simply meant to have 4 daughters and nothing less. 🙂 I will say as a mom of 4 I crave alone time with my girls, but I also cherish our time together. Somehow everything always works out the way it is supposed and that is a beautiful thing. I am so grateful God believed that I was strong enough to live this life. I couldn’t ask for anything better.

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Thinking Out Loud # 91 – The Power of Positive Thinking

there is always something to be thankful for

{Amanda – Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud}

  1. I try to live my life with a positive mind set, I am the glass is half full type of person. Some may say I live in a fantasy world and you know what some times I do. Steve is more of a realist and sometimes that means he is a pessimist, but we balance each other and it is perfect. Sometimes, he has to bring me back to reality. I try to teach my girls to look for the good in every situation. I want them to know there is always something to be thankful for. There is always good in every situation, sometimes you just have to look a little harder. Happiness is a choice that we need to make every day.the good in everything
  2. School is out for the summer and I am not sure who is more excited. Seriously, it was so nice waking up and not having to rush out the door. Between school and activities we were always on the go. This morning I woke worked out, ate breakfast, and read a little of my book before anyone even opened their eyes. Once, my girls woke up it was snuggle time and that is my favorite time. It was truly the perfect start to our summer vacation.
  3. The #1 thing on Sophia’s birthday list was a fin fun mermaid tail. She, of course asked Mimi and Papa for it and I can tell you they got it for her and she is in love. I have to say so am I. They are beautiful and Sophia looks like a real mermaid when he swims. This is just one more reason to love summer and the swimming pool. I must admit I kind of want one too. I mean who doesn’t wish they were a mermaid. 🙂mermaidjune 2015 pool sophia mermaid
  4. Okay this might be another summertime favorite of mine. I love wrapping my girls in their towels after a fun afternoon at the pool. They are just too cute for words.june 2016 pool mckayla towel
  5. I can’t believe we are more then half way through June. Where is the time going? Good thing we have a nice and relaxing Father’s Day weekend planned. I can’t wait to celebrate my hubby, dad, and father-in-law.
  6. My favorite way to end my day is reading a good book in bed and that is just what I am going to do. Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica is amazing. It’s truly a book you just can’t put down. So, I am going to be early and reading until my eyes can’t stay open anymore.
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