Labor Day

Labor Day is always such a bittersweet holiday for me. I love fall and football, pumpkin candles and soups in the crockpot. But summer is my 1st love. My love language. And I get so sad when she has to go. 

Since we didn't go to the lake over 4th of July, all 4 of Lindsey's kids wanted to go down on Labor Day. How can you say no to this sweet face? I can't, that's how! It was a jammed packed weekend with all 6 kids, lots of swimming, boating, and FUN! 
I taught myself how to french braid a few weeks ago and have only done a few braids. 8 braids later and a cleaned up crew, I'm a pro! 
My brother, Erin and Lowen came around noon on Saturday and we headed to the beach! I think riding in the back of the truck is one of the kids favorite parts about the lake! 
I think all the kids would rather just swim at the beach, while the adults love going on the boat. This is probably why...it is an automatic nap-maker! 
My Dad initially told the kids that we weren't going to Serenity point, then he drove straight there. That's what Gpas are for! 
All was well until my Dad caught a copperhead around the dock...with umpteen kids swimming nearby. Let the chaos ensue! 
That's pure joy right there! 
Uncle Lance passing on his wisdom about mussels. 
Cutest dirt and chocolate face I've ever seen! 
And then we did it all over again on Sunday. Such a fun weekend! 
When I look at pictures like these, I can't help but to think of all the memories being created within these kids. It is overwhelming to even think about the joy this place brings them (and me!) except thankfully, I am able to grasp it because I have these same memories with all of my cousins, just like this, from my childhood. And I'm so thankful I do. 


Good-bye summer. Hello 1st Grade!

For the first time in 4 years, back-to-school was a cinch in the Trollope household! Tylee school-hopped both years in preschool, then went to a new school for Kindergarten, and finally stayed at the same school for 1st grade. For 3 years we dealt with a new routine, new kids, and a nervous girl. It was such a relief this summer knowing that back to school would be a breeze.
It just so happens that the 1st grade classroom and Kindergarten classroom are connected by a door, so Tylee 100% knew the drill, what to do, and where to go. Cinch, I tell ya. Her first day went great - her teacher was nice and she was so happy to see all her friends again. I really love summer but even I have to admit, it is kinda nice to be back into a routine again.


Back-to-school, Back-to-school!

I look forward to our little back-to-school shopping trips but there is always a lingering sad feeling that summer is coming to an end. It is one last get-away before school starts and we say goodbye to summer. Insert sad face here. We myswell make the best of it though and since TJ and I missed our annual anniversary trip to Eureka Springs, we decided to go down there and let Tylee check it out. She loved it! I think we are going to have a hard time going back on future trips without her...we may have to rotate years! 

It was quite a different trip from our norm. Our first stop was for ice-cream (not Bloody Mary's) and to go to the trinket shop, which has a bunny that gives you back your change. We are in the market for a bunny so Tylee was in heaven! 
And then we were back to our motel when it was still daylight...yeah, not normal.
The next day, we headed to Rogers, AR to back-to-school shop. Since it is about the same distance as KC, a lot of people from Parsons go there instead so we decided to check it out for ourselves. It was a really nice area and they had everything we needed! I'd definitely go back but I'm still a Kansas City girl at heart. 
The Frozen Coconut in Rogers - DELICIOUS

Since Tylee gets all of her clothes from my sister, we didn't really need school clothes - just shoes and bows and fun stuff. We did buy a first day of school outfit and it was comical how far off Tylee and I's choices were. I bought both outfits and we negotiated later. 

We made a couple stops in Joplin on the way home, one of which was at Petsmart to get a new Beta. Sweet Sarah jumped to her own death a few months ago and Tylee has been adamant about getting one that looked just like her to replace her. Good thing we hadn't planned on being sneaky and replacing her without Tylee knowing because we couldn't ever find one! 
I'm so glad we started this little tradition because it is such a fun way to wrap up our summer - even if we aren't ready for summer to be over quite yet.