dessert that Andy thought was ridiculously awesome. And the evening ended with a favorite memory. We turned on the TV to watch the fireworks show and danced and marched around the living room with the kids. They had a great time and Philip asked for more fireworks for days after. Even just this past week there was a day when he was continually asking to watch fireworks on TV. That weekend we took a day trip to Pennsylvania for a party for a friend who was made a Monsignor.
Totally unrelated photos:
Spreading birdseed by hand
Earlier in the year he would throw birdseed in the air
and call out "Birds!" hoping they would come get it.
In a special dress Grandma picked out. Love this baby face.
And this face too
Philip celebrated his 3rd birthday in July. Fittingly, we had three celebrations for him. We celebrated with Daddy the night before because Andy had to leave on a trip early the next morning. We had Philip's birthday dinner which he obviously wiped all over his shirt. Then he excitedly opened his presents and we enjoyed cake before shuttling the kids off to bed way too late.
The next day was Philip's real birthday and I took him to Chuck E Cheese for the first time. It was a bit overwhelming for him, but he pulled through and overall we had a good time. The next day he wanted to go back, so I count that as a success. We continued the celebration at home with a few tiny bonus gifts and cards.
That evening when he opened up a birthday card,
he pulled out the cash that was enclosed and exclaimed, "Tickets!"
And what was so important that Andy had to leave town on Philip's birthday? Well, he "had" to go to World Youth Day for work. He was in Rio for about a week and a half. It was his first World Youth Day and all went well. He said the Pope was impressive and great at carrying on a dialogue back-and-forth with the pilgrims. His hotel was right on Copacabana Beach, so he had easy access to the major events and even watched some of them from the rooftop. Fun Fact of the Day: There was a record rainfall during WYD and it flooded the area where the closing Vigil and Mass were supposed to be held. While inspecting the site, they found four crocodiles - good call moving the events to the beach!
Good morning, Jesus!
What 3.2 million people looks like
A taste of the excitement
While Andy was away, my parents came for a visit. What a huge help they were! They cooked, cleaned, entertained, did projects around the house, took me shopping, and provided some adult conversation. We had a great time together. Here are some highlights from their visit:
My Mom made this cute little number for Julia
Philip's third birthday celebration was with Grandma and Grandpa. Here he is with the new motorized train he got from them. He had to try it out right away!
It was so nice to have someone to watch Philip
for me so I could go on a few runs during the day
One day we went to an area library that has basically a free children's museum.
It was great fun!
Of course, Philip's favorite part was the train table
We went to a favorite park one day...
and had a picnic. Julia decided she wanted to eat her lunch on the picnic table.
Water balloons with Grandpa
Julia had a practice birthday party
She is definitely a cake fan
My parents with Philip and his beloved Gummy Worms.
He has been hooked since we took him to an ice cream shop
and got him a dirt and worms sundae earlier this summer.
Andy returned home at the end of the month and it was great to work our way back to normal again. He took a day off to recover and reconnect and we went to a new-to-us park. It had a small farm, merry-go-round, miniature golf, and train ride. We didn't even get to the playground because we were having so much fun! It was a great way to end such an exciting month.