The first exciting thing that is coming up is a 5K in June with Holly, Laura, Lora, Janessa, Meredith, and I heard Jake will be there too! Like I said, it will be my first one and I am very excited and scared at the same time that I may die. Ha! I haven't run more than 2 miles in well over a month because I run either when Brian gets home from work in the morning and I feel bad because I know he's tired and doesn't want to watch kids or because I run while the kids nap with Brian and I worry the whole time that something bad is going to happen while I am out. I need a freaking treadmill!
Next is my 5 year anniversary! We have been married for almost 5 years and we haven't killed each other. This is HUGE! We usually go on family vacation for this but this year it will be just the two of us. We are going to Las Vegas. It isn't our first trip there by any means but this will be the one that we finally go see and do all the things we haven't had a chance to and we probably won't go back.
St. Thomas 2008
Magen's Bay in the Virgin Islands
Las Vegas 2009. We didn't take a single pic together. Crazy!
Next up is The Memphis Zoo. We will spend lots and lots of time there this summer. I have several friends with kids the same age as the boys and we meet there pretty frequently when the weather is nice. We have already gone once this Spring.
Carter and friends checking out the polar bears.
Aubree will be bringing back her Lemonade Stand with homemade baked cookies this summer. She enjoys it. It puts a little cash in her pocket and it gives her something to do. The last time she set up last year she sold out in 30 minutes. It's delicious!
Lemonade last year!
Brian's family has a nice house at Pickwick near the Tennessee River. We haven't gone in a while since I was a weekender. A trip there and letting Aubree and Carter ride the waverunner is definitely on the bucket list!
Camping. Brian has gone on and on and on about how he wants to go camping. I've never been camping. Sounds AWFUL to me but my FIL has a nice camper and I am willing to give it a shot with the camper. No tent though. Sounds like hell instead of a vacation to me. I think a couple of our friends with kids may join us. No date set yet but hopefully it will happen this summer complete with fishing, roasting marshmallows, and alcohol.
I really want to take a trip to St. Louis and see a Cardinals game! Carter played baseball this year and he played for the STL Cards. Haha! He enjoyed it. I think it would be fun plus there's lots to do in STL and Brian has some family there. And I could finally meet Melanie!
I try really hard to go to Mall of America once a year. I didn't make it last year. This year I am taking Aubree before school starts so we can spend a day or two there and do some school shopping. We usually fly there and ride the train over to the airport and spend the day shopping and then fly back that night but there's no longer an early morning flight to Minneapolis from Memphis and the latest one coming back connects in Atlanta. I am not a fan of flying over my destination just to get home so we will have to stay over night.
I'm not so sure she will want to go to this store anymore. She's out of the doll phase. =(
All 3 kids waiting on the train from the airport to the mall.
Johnny Rockets, Rainforest Café, and Nestle Toll House are my favorite parts! Oh, and Lola and Steve Madden of course. Haha!
There is also talk about a possible trip to either Gulf Shores or Destin with my friend, Anna later in the summer. I just can't go a summer without going to the gulf. I am a beachy person and Brian is not. He told me he was when we first started dating but I think it was because he had been living in a frozen tundra for 5 years. Anna said we could split the cost of a condo and she loves my kids. Win win! Hope we have the funds to make it happen by the end of summer. We shall see!
Carter in Destin, FL a couple years ago.
Gulf Shores, AL last summer.
The boys last summer.
Sweet little man.
Aubree will stay super busy this summer with camps. She is going to basketball camp, cheer camp, tumbling camp, volleyball camp, and who knows what else? Glad she is trying different things to find what fits her best.
Of course there will be lots of time spent outside swimming, playing on the playground, chasing fireflies, hopscotch, and water gun fights!
Last but not least is I want to meet my friend Chrissy somewhere in Nashville this summer if she gets the chance. Chrissy just welcomed a baby boy to the family and I am so happy for her and her family! You should go check out her blog and read her story about the journey of bringing Luke home.
What are you doing this summer? Any fun trips planned?