Looking Back on May

The month of May sped by for our family. To be honest, most months do right now.

There were huge spans of time when my camera stayed tucked away as we finished our official school year, planned for summer, made long-term business decisions, dealt with a teething baby, and rearranged the house in preparation of another baby.

Thankfully, the camera still managed to come out for the big events…warning: extremely photo heavy post :)

First, Lillian turned 10 months old and finally cut two bottom teeth.

 Next, I managed to catch the four older kids “reading on the bus.”

In the middle of the month we celebrated Emahry’s 7th birthday…

complete with some baseball practice…

a dunking contest for entertainment…

a Pinterest inspired watermelon cake…

family and friends…

and marshmallow roasting (or burning)

 The next day we celebrated Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with a Sunday lunch at one of our family’s favorite restaurants.

Then, that evening, we enjoyed an end-of-the-school-year celebration at my parent’s home for a group of exchange students. (Whoa, that was a busy weekend!)

The kids also had a great time at our local homeschool field day.

All in all, May was a fun month of celebrating and spending time together as a family despite our busy schedules. Curious to see what others did in the month of May? Hop on over to Thinking about Home to check out the other posts linked up to Cheryl’s Gather Moments post.

How did you spend the month of May?

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  1. says

    May looks like it was a wonderful month for you. What a beautiful family! Seeing the Reading Bus brings back many memories – our children have lined up the dining room chairs and taken many a trip of various types on busses/trains/planes in the same manner. So fun!
    I am going to re-create that watermelon cake for a birthday gathering later this month! We still tell tales on our oldest daughter, who is now a mother herself. She refused her first birthday cake, which I slaved over, and would only eat the fruit salad we had served for dinner. This watermelon cake will be just the thing for her. Thank you for sharing!

    stopping by from the Gathering Moments party at Thinking About Home.

  2. says

    So many good photos and good memories, but I just need to say. I love Jonathan’s black marshmallow. My kids know that if they burn their marshmallows, bring them to me. The blacker, the better. There’s something about that charred taste. I know. It’s weird. :-)
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    • says

      That is weird :) The kids have not come close to mastering the art of golden roasted marshmallows. They tend to stick them right in the flames and then blow them out once they catch fire. At least they still eat them, because there’s no way I’ll eat a black marshmallow (but now I know who will).
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  3. Maryann says

    I enjoy taking the time to reflect on the moments that make up a month, times goes by so quickly, it helps me to stop and really consider all the blessings we had during a months time. Loved your watermelon cake, I may have to try this.

    • says

      Joanne, thanks for stopping by. Lillian is growing a whole lot faster than before. She’s actually growing out of her 6-9 month clothes, which is great!

      Yes, we used toothpicks (broken in half) to attach the fruit to the cake. I also used 4 toothpicks to secure the top layer to the bottom.
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  4. says

    So many sweet “moments,” Allyson! I especially love the reading bus, your little “mommy-girl” helping the slightly younger one at field day, and the sombreros! Good times!
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