August 6th is when we celebrated Payton's birthday! It was a saturday and lots of fun things going on. We were about to make our way down to the Coast Guard Festival when it started raining. So... we came to the conclusion that with the humidity and 4 small kids, plus another family with 3 small kids... that wouldn't be much fun. We decided to wait it out and may be go later that day. We have found that weather changes pretty quickly here. You never know what will happen.
We called our friends the Miltgens and informed them of our changes and met up at Chuck E. Cheese's. Which turned out nicely. Hardly anyone was there... by the time we were ready to leave, it started filling up.
We ordered Pizza and Drinks, and had so many coins the Daddys HAD to go and use some of them. They claimed "we are doing it for the children, they need all the tickets they can get!" They are only thinking of the kids!!!
The Birthday Girl!!!
The Kids got to dance with Chuck E. It was hilarious watching them. Especially Jaxon... I seriously have no idea where he comes up with his moves. They are great!
The weather cleared, it was extremely humid though! Here is Payton at the Carnival.
All the blankets laid out for the Fireworks. They are bigger than 4th of July apparently. (We wouldn't know, 4 small kids staying up til 12 pm. NOT GOOD)
Some of the Coast Guard Ships at the Coast Guard Headquarters.
We got in line to go and tour the big ship. But they had just closed it until 6 pm. Our kids were almost at their limit, so we left. Next year for sure though.
Ashton at the Carnival, and of course he wants to ride the 4 wheelers.
Payt and Jax go for the Roller Coaster.
Sunday was pretty low key. Payton chose what she wanted for her dinner which was Salsa Chicken ( a Finklea Kid Favorite) And we had some friends over to have cake. She was a little disappointed that she didn't get to open any presents this year on her birthday, but she had her entire room re decorated! And she wanted to come shopping with me.
On a more serious note... These last seven years I have had the privilege of being the mother of one of the sweetest little girls. I can't imagine my life with out her. She is amazing! She is the greatest big sister to her 3 siblings. She is so great at helping me and doing kind things for both me and her Dad. I am often looked at a little bit CRAZY for being as young as I am and having 4 kids. I wouldn't change it for the world. They are my world! I love Payton more than words can express. She is such a joy to have in our family. I couldn't have asked for a better OLDEST CHILD. I look forward to spending eternity with this special little girl!