At first she wanted a cat party.
Then a horse party.
Then an owl party.
Then she cried because she couldn't decide.

And then I cried, because I really hate don't like doing birthday parties.
But, then I realized, she has never had a real party and really wanted a real party...and, well, she is my baby.

Therefore, I told her I was going to "surprise" her with a party and she only needed to get excited for all the fun she was going to have.

And, in true Zooble form, her face hides nothing and you will see that she really did have the time of her six year old life. And, if truth be told, I had the time of my 36 year old life watching her enjoy her day so much.

But next year, we will go to the Zoo.

All photo cred goes to Kelly Via, who graciously said yes when I forced placed the camera into her arms.
Pony necklaces. Thank you Pinterest for making party planning so much easier.



We went old school for the games. Who knew Pin-the-Tail was so fun?!



Chloe was the proud winner!



Next, the ol' un-wrap the present/hot potato game.










I mean, really...this is the BEST face!


I call her my multiple personality Care Bear...

One minute she is pure Sunshine Bear: smiles for miles, giggles, laughs, without a care in the world.
The next minute Grumpy Bear takes over...and let the storm clouds roll. 

Let em' roll.

She still LOVES anything animal but has branched out from her former dinosaur/snake/dragon/lizard realms to include animals in the "cuter" categories, including, but not limited to cats, puppies, owls, and horses. Red and yellow, black, and white...

She also loves to ride her bike, boss train the dog, and generally be outside.


She totally schooled me at hopscotch this particular evening.

This littlest of mine has big feelings and makes no attempts at hiding them or people pleasing for anyone. And while that makes for some...awkward moments of parenting, I know it is also the very strength that (directed the right way) will make her bold for Jesus. And he is going to have to pretty much take the wheel on this child, as she is way out of my league.

She obliged (sort of) to my request for a photo shoot on her birthday...

Sunshine bear.

Storm clouds are gathering.

Let em' roll.

Sunshine bear is back out to play...

And stay for a little while.

Dearest Zooble,

     I'm so glad you still let me call you that. You have grown up so much lately, that I can barely remember the squishy almond eyed baby you once were. You keep living up to your name and bring so much LIFE to our family. 

   I love how you request pancakes for breakfast every morning. I love how you still morph into animals when you play and lose yourself in your imagination. I love your toothy grin. I love your passion. 

   And, mostly, I love that I get to be your Mom. 

   You are my favorite six year old in the whole wide world. 

   Happy birthday sweet girl.

always,

your Momma
Let's just let the pictures do the talking, okay...

Nothing says Summer like creek crawling with friends, your dog, and Dad.

Silly faces, scary faces, and so-over-this faces.


Finishing touches finalized for our first day of Monarch Way Academy which went back into session in July.
My favorite spot at Smith Mountain Lake has become my kiddo's favorite spot =)
























Meeting our newest Via Cousin, baby Hadley.


Which led to an adorbs photo shoot of the sweet girl.

All three bigs went to sleepaway camp this year! 

The highlight of the month...after four long years we got to welcome cousin Chloe home!!!

Another welcome home...this time to my newest sister, sweet Jayla!
 I love this picture of her with my mom and brother, Jubal.





For Cow Appreciation Day posterity. And because I have three other years worth of us dressed as cows with Zoe frowning/crying in every.single.one.of.them. 
The finger in the photo is a new 2017 addition.

10 is a good year for this boy. I love his crazy antics.

I know we are only 7 days into August...and I already can't wait to to journal it.
It really has been the best Summer.
And it's not over yet...
It's the middle of July for this update on June...but, oh well. Life.

Here's the fast and the furious run down on month #6...


Family hike right before Haiti to Roaring Run...it was so chilly that day we all wore hoodies. Eli and Ezra are taking turns on being the resident goofy face for all our pictures. Eli won this round.

Two sweet swinging sisters at our Bedrock Family Retreat

Killing time during one of our unfortunate airline delays getting to Haiti.


And killing some more time at JFK this time.
 For the record, lest you think I'm raising geniuses here...no, my 5 year old wasn't actually reading White Fang.

3rd times the charm! Finally made it!
(Ezra won this one.)



At La FouChet, our favorite Haitian restaurant on the ONE night we weren't cooking for a team =)
(And Ezra wins this one as well)



We had our very own Rainbow Forest friends one week...it was so fun to have all our worlds collided.

It's not a trip to the grocery store till the van breaks down. Again.

  I've seen a lot over the years in Haiti, but there are times when certain people stick with you. This lady I met at clinic one day with Meredith is one of them.

Sandwiched by two of my favorites. We can work hard...and have fun together.
True story: It took 116 tries to get this one usable photo.

I even managed to sneak away one afternoon and do a Senior photo shoot with Makayla...dirty feet and all.



My Tama. How I love this kindred book loving girl. We never get as much time as we'd like with our HFHM kiddo's, but we did manage some sweet times together.
The kids and I are back home in VA now and Jeremiah is back in Haiti. I've got more photos tucked away on the "good" camera...but, they'll have to wait for another day...