WOOHOO! Weekend, baby!

2 Sep

It’s Friday, y’all! So excited! And even moreso than normal since my mom gets here- FINALLY!- on Sunday! And if I’m pumped, I can only imagine how ready my Dad is. Bless his heart (proud Southerner here!), he’s been here with us nearly a month all by his lonesome. But on the flip side, it’s been SO terrific having him. We’ve never in my life had this kind of uninterrupted time together and that in itself has been priceless- something I’ll cherish for always. ❤

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I’ll go ahead and warn you that this is going to be a photo dump. Lots going on here this week and just about all of it fun. The weather has been nothing short of amazing (maybe a day or two of a smidge hotter than perfect, but I’m not complaining! No, we don’t have air conditioner…) and we’ve been taking full advantage. This was Neve’s second week out of school for summer break, so while I admit it I was a tad bit jealous seeing all the darling ‘back to school’ pictures filling up my social media, I rejoiced knowing that we at least have a few more weeks of the best season of the year 😉

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Picnic in the park with friends ❤

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Because sometimes you’re already in your jammies before you realize you need an ice cream from the mall downstairs…And it’s raining outside. So we roll with it.

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You can take a boy away from HIS yard, but there will always be A yard.

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Swimming lessons at the outside pool!

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Sunday Mornings ❤

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She LOVED this outfit she picked out. Can’t tell you how much I celebrate her individuality…

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John spent last week in the Azores, an island chain of Portugal, but closer to the US than to Germany. He tried to squeeze in some sightseeing around work and would send us pics along the way.

Remember a couple weeks ago when we found that neat biergarten, Barenschloss, at the end of an awesome little lakeside hike? Well this time we took company…and a blanket and wireless speakers! Best Saturday afternoon in ages!

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This family. No clue what we’d do without them. Hallelujah that we’ll all be back in Charleston together at the end of these adventures!

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Rare shot of all 4 Thomas ladies 😉

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Because sometimes you just want to match your girl ❤

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This may or may not be at about Beer #54. HAHAHA!

One of the highlights of Neve’s week was a Halloween-themed (how fun is that?!) birthday party for her friend, Lauren. What made this particular party extra special was that Lauren was one of Neve’s first friends- they met in the German Immersion class back when we first arrived- and several of her old classmates were also at the party. She and her friend, Taryn, even won the Mummy Wrap! Coincidentally, none of them are still going to that school (several switched to German kindi like us and a couple have started elementary school), so it was quite the grand reunion all around! Heck, it was even lovely for John and me to catch up with parents we haven’t seen in months!

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With Estelle (also from Charleston- small world!) and Archer (Neve’s first- and still current- crush!)

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Birthday Girl, Lauren, as the Wicked Witch…

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I just love this picture of them. Archer, who just turned 6 and is starting first grade this week, is just the sweetest little boy and they have had the best friendship since the day they met.

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It’s not often you get to shop with a fairy…Stopping by the commissary after the party 😉

In case you’re not on Facebook or you missed my post on there, I’ll share it here because it’s one of my favorite posts ever- one of my favorite moments so far from motherhood.

As I was walking past a store today, this beautiful, lacy, sparkly, twirly, bohemian gown caught my eye. Without a single thought given to where she’d wear it or for what fancy occasion we might need it, I immediately went in the store and bought it. For no reason at all other than that I knew how much my Neve would absolutely love it. Everything about it just screamed Neve. After dinner tonight, I gave it to her and told her just that- that I got it for her just because. She got so excited putting it on that she got teary- and I did, too, because it just felt so good. She must’ve twirled for half an hour- even had me take a video so she ‘can remember what it looks like twirling even when she’s not wearing it.’ She took it off long enough to take her bath, then asked to put it back on as her nightgown. And as I turned out the light and leaned down for one last hug and kiss, she whispered in my ear, ‘Mommy, I just adore this dress. Thank you.’ Oh sweet girl, how I adore YOU and your feistiness and the little girl you’re becoming and being you mom. These are the moments that reach the little corners of your heart you didn’t even know existed…the ones that make it feel as if it could just burst.

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My current favorite picture of Neve…

Meanwhile, back inside…Have I mentioned how much we love having Dad here??

And finally, this last shot…Nope, not taken the same night as the above pictures- just back in the dress because…well, just because.<3

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Hope everyone has a great weekend- I guarantee it won’t be as great as our’s! Ha! 😉

5 Responses to “WOOHOO! Weekend, baby!”

  1. Mike Monday September 8, 2016 at 7:17 PM #

    Haha. Larry looks like a hobbit! There and back again!

  2. barbara smith September 2, 2016 at 11:19 PM #

    Where did your dad get those shorts .Love the look.I am so excited for your mom to get to Germany.I will miss her but she will be so happy to see all of you.Love you all grandma

  3. Tina September 2, 2016 at 6:22 PM #

    I’m loving your and Neve’s braids, Loving Larry’s really cool pants and love looking at all your picture’s what a wonderful adventure, I’m sure Robin is not far behind on a jet plane.
    What a beautiful family and friends..
    Tina

  4. Eleanor September 2, 2016 at 2:06 PM #

    Wonderful pictures and stories. Neve in her new white dress!!! WOW!!! Your Mom will be there soon to celebrate each day with you. Have a great visit with your Mom and Dad. I will make sure she gets to the airport on time! Loving you all!

  5. Robin September 2, 2016 at 1:31 PM #

    Really looks like a fun couple of weeks for all of you. I am so ready to join all of you. SOON.

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