Joel needed to do some work down in Fresno at the end of last month so one evening we had a little birthday party with the extended family to celebrate Joel and Austin's birthdays. It was a very quick trip so it was nice to be able to see all (well, most) of the family all at once.
The Sunday after we got home was Austin's actual birthday so we had another, very small, celebration after church. I don't think anyone was in the mood for more birthday cake and Austin has had his eye on these Firetruck Cookies in a cookbook of mine so that is what we did. Everyone sat down with a plate full of supplies and made their own truck. Austin was very proud of how well his turned out.
We had a great Independence day last week. We didn't do anything big this year, just a BBQ at home and then headed out to the Roseville Fairgrounds for a the fireworks show. Joel actually got Thursday and Friday off work though, so we decided to take the kids to the beach for the day Friday, and enjoy the cooler weather... and oh boy was it cooler. We talked about the sweatshirts, I know we did, they just never made it into the car. Oh well, we had fun anyway. And to be cold 7 1/2 months pregnant in July is a beautiful thing.
Joel and I were married in February 2001 and now have 3 wonderful children. Ethan was born March 2004, Megan in May 2007 and Austin June of 2009. Joel is working as a district sales manager for a dental supply company called Sunstar. I stay home with our children and do volunteer work at our church and kids school. We bought our first home in Antelope at the begining of 2009, and look forward to many more happy and exciting years together.