Sunday, August 19, 2018

Summer 2018

This summer flew by (as it always does) and here we are, heading into fall, getting back into the routine of school and activities. Here's a little recap of all the fun we had this summer! 

We started off the summer early with a vacation in May to Hilton Head Island.

My husband bought a motorcycle, which most of the kids are obsessed with. 

There was lots of time spent at parks!

We made several trips to the Children's Museum.

We went to visit some friends over Memorial Day weekend. 

There were a couple of outdoor movies we were able to make it to (different locations, but ironically both playing the same movie several months apart...)

We tried to hit up festivals and events when we were able to.

We went on some bike rides.

Same friends we went and visited came and stayed with us a few weeks later while they were in town for a wedding.

There were a few picnics, both in the yard and at parks.

This beautiful girl did an incredible job at her first big recital!

The girls took a swamp slime class where they got to catch tadpoles, hold a snake and frog, and make slime.

Our neighborhood was completely overrun with these little tiny frogs for a few weeks. The kids had a blast catching them, and making little homes for them for a few hours. This was easy entertainment for almost the whole month of June.

The girls took an art class twice a week for 3 weeks in June. They brought home lots of beautiful paintings.

Both of the boys got cellulitis from bug bites (a few weeks apart), so that was fun. There was also an ER visit for stitches for one of the boys. 

We celebrated Father's Day with our favorite guy.

There were a lot of lazy mornings with cuddles and show watching in my bed. 

We went to Omaha with my family for a long weekend. 

We saw fireworks with some friends on the 3rd. 

We went to the free kids movie on the 4th since Daddy was off work.

The girls had a one morning pajama party dance camp at little sister's dance studio. (Big sis, aka 'I don't like to dance' had wayyyy too much fun!) 

We got to spend some time with a high school friend of mine who was in town visiting, meet her boyfriend, go on a double date and introduce them to my kids!

The kids had a fun weekend with their grandparents while we met our friends in Davenport, IA for an adults only weekend. 

The girls had 2 weeks of daily swim lessons in the middle of July.

We did lots of school supply shopping, both for our homeschool and for donations, and it was SO FUN (I am obsessed with school/office supplies!)

My TX family came to visit and got to spend my 31st birthday with me. We did all kinds of fun stuff while they were here including birthday donuts at the create your own donut place, birthday pedicures, shopping, Incredibles 3, dinners out, and more. 

The girls and I did VBS one week in July (one of the best & most exhausting weeks of the year, haha) 

We said farewell to the boys amazing speech therapist of 2 years and they each started working with someone new. 

Went to some farmer's markets.

A nice bus driver let us sit on a bus one day. 3 of my kids loved it, and the one who I thought would like it most, didn't.

We got donuts for dinner one night, just because we can, and headed to a park.

My sweet oldest professed faith in Christ and was baptized in our backyard!!! (I'll have to do a separate post on this with pictures).

We flew kites (this is a fun daddy thing--I sat and watched)

We made it to the trampoline park a few times (trying to get in a few more times before my oldest is too old for the "toddler time" and I have to start paying more than $5/kid!)

Spent some time in the get along shirt #siblingsquabbles Works like a charm!

We went to visit the kids great grandma and the kids entertained all the residents with their dance party. 

Mall security gave the kids tickets for a free ride on the carousel and they were thrilled!

That about wraps it up for the summer! We're looking forward to a great fall season! 

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