Monday, July 4, 2011

A Happy Birthday Weekend

Since we returned from our trip to Lake Murray, we have stayed busy and busier.  There is not a day that goes by that there is not something going on or being planned.

Caden and Kourtney have been taking


swim lessons at the YMCA and they are both


doing good.

Kinley is


is growing like a weed and is a keeper for sure.

All the big kids have been busy with their own agendas and we see them when we can or when they have time for us...LOL

This weekend has been a big one.  Kourtney will turn 4 on July 12, but we helped her


celebrate on Saturday.  All the kids had a great time


playing at the play scape and


having cake.

Of, course...she could hardly wait to


to get to the business of the day!

Her favorite was the


set of walkie talkies.  Way to go Great MiMi, your gift was the hit!

It was a great day in the eyes of a 4 year old.  Happy Birthday Kourtney, we love you.

Yesterday afternoon, as tradition would have it, we went to Lake Weatherford for the our annual


July 4, celebration.

There is always something good coming off the


grill.  And, while John is hard at work doing all that cooking, the


kids are busy staying cool in the water or


digging the in sand.

Of, course there are some that just


take it easy.  But, everyone has a good time and enjoys all the great


food.  We usually finish the evening with fireworks around the lake.  However, with all the burn bans in the area this year, we didn't get to enjoy that part of our tradition...

And, the only fireworks that we saw this year was from New York Harbor by way of


Direct TV...and it was quite a display...Happy Birthday, America, we love you!

Now, with all the birthday celebrations behind us, we have started planning for our next get away, which will begin on July 11.  This one is for the big kids.  We originally planned to take them to the RGV and South Padre, however, the temps just keep insisting on exceeding 100 degrees.  So, yesterday, Andrew and I made a plan, discussed it with Poppa, our bus driver, and decided on heading to a cooler now our destination is Durango, Colorado.  While we have been to Colorado a zillion times, we have never been to this area, so needless to say, we are looking forward to a new adventure and some cooler temperatures.

Stayed tuned as our plans start to take shape and our adventure begins.  For now, we hope you all had a great July 4th weekend and celebration.


  1. Looks as if the Halls have been having lots of fun. That Kinley sure has a head full of hair! Great family photos Dortha, enjoy your next adventure.

  2. Make sure you go to Mesa Verde National Park and visit the cliff dwellings. They are FABULOUS!

  3. What a fun family celebration! We sure enjoyed looking at all your pics. HOW did all those molded plastic chairs fit in that one tiny cottage?

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  4. Nolan and I vacationed to Durango a couple of years ago and had a great time.....have fun!!!