Merely hours after we last talked, The Kendricks went full steam ahead on celebration mode to lift up our new favorite four year old. We started at our local Mexican restaurant, made a quick stop at Aldi for party supplies, and then ended the night at our town's new handmade ice cream place.
(In Mira's world, shoes are optional.)
Fueled on chips, salsa, and ice cream, I stayed up way past my bedtime listening to an audio book and blowing up more balloons than I could count.
The dizziness was completely worth it the next morning when Cora walked downstairs and squealed.
My van battery somehow died, so Dan and Cora took his truck to pick up the cake (which was adorable and very affordable and conveniently made by a wonderful woman a few blocks away).
Cora had so much fun riding with Dan in his truck that she insisted on joining him to pick up the pizza, even though she missed the arrival of most of her guests.
I thought the mermaid tail idea was so cute, but all of the kids took one look and asked, "Did the mermaid die?"
The kids swam (for a little bit, it was actually pretty cold), ate pizza, and played with all of Cora's new toys.
Every single time we have a birthday party, even though we try to stick to mostly family, I am always completely blown away by the love that surrounds my family. These girls have no idea how blessed they are to have this tribe to grow up in.
As soon as everyone left Ina collapsed on the couch and again said she didn't feel well. She spent the next few days with a milder fever, but a horrible sounding cough, which refused to go away despite all the asthma medication. We waited until Monday to make yet another doctor's appointment. Turns out, her justavirus progressed into pneumonia and an ear infection. Thank God for ibuprofen and effective antibiotics.
Back to Saturday, after most of the party stuff was tucked away at my house, I left my sick and worn out family at home to celebrate my friend Brooke's birthday at a very fun distillery set on a creek with live music, yard games, picnic tables, and a sand box.
Although I missed my family and kept on thinking they would have loved this place, I savored the opportunity to sit and relax without having to worry about one of my children falling in the creek.
Mira puked on Saturday night. I know, good times at our house. Cora and I went to church by ourselves, and then we had a relaxing day at home which was the perfect opportunity to finish season three of Stranger Things.
Dan and I had one day of work on Monday, then at 4 AM on Tuesday our pastor picked us up for a 10 hour road trip to Birmingham, Alabama where we spent the next three days attending a conference called Grow.
Grow is put on by Church of the Highlands, a powerhouse of a church with an amazing senior pastor and an even more amazing group of members who served their hearts out. Dan and I learned so much and grew so much in those few short days. The worship, the sermons, the labs, the FOOD - everything was absolutely amazing. I would strongly encourage anyone looking to grow their church and introduce more people to Jesus to check this conference out next year.
While we were gone, the girls were living their best life with Papa Scott at home, going to the movies, Taco Bell, and Golden Corral. When we picked them up on Friday from Danielle's, they weren't even excited to see us.
The next few days were spent mostly hanging around the house, tackling some yard work, swimming, and eating.
Ina spent her tooth fairy money on pizza Lunchables and her sisters were very grateful for that decision.
I also made a rare Saturday appearance at the gym and we had friends over for BLTs after church on Sunday.
We are back at it again today, with a week full of planned meals, musical camp, and a weekend to look forward to. I hope you have a great week!