Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Great Summer Phone Dump

Okay, you ready for this?  I know it has been awhile. Call it lack of motivation or maybe just life is so crazy busy these days but it has been awhile. Well, I guess I'm making up for lost time because this phone dump is a big one! Let's begin!

The kids are growing and changing and even though they're more opinionated than ever and want to push back a bit more, they're also just a lot of fun too! 

I always have a lot of helpers in the kitchen and I enjoy cooking with them, so it's a big win! 

LB even helped with some homemade ice cream sandwiches! 

Way back in March we got to see Hamilton for the second time. The first time I had refused to listen or know anything about the show so it was just mind blowing, this time it was also a blast because I knew the songs forward and backward, but the night went too fast!  I know someday I'll get to see it again! 

More helpers in the kitchen, this time for sliders and chopped salad!

There's been lots and lots and lots of baseball this spring, but it has been fun to see just how much this kid has improved. He sure loves the game!

I think she slept in this box for a couple nights before it got ruined, silly girl. 

This little miss was finally brave enough to give swim lessons and she hasn't looked back since. She's progressed quickly too! 

A mild but warm spring has been awesome!

We took our first trip to the drive in as a family! It was so impromptu and we dragged the kids out of their beds but they were excited for whatever we had up our sleeves and had no idea how fun a drive in movie could be. 

A couple of them didn't make it. 

Last day of school antics

The kids sure do love church

They and their daddy made a fabulous brunch. It was so sooooo yummy!

I love the slower pace of summer, it's so nice to just play and be present as a family!

We joined the summer reading program, this has been great for all of us. We have 2 fluent readers in the house who have taken on reading duties this year! 

Well visits! Thankful we don't go to the doctor too many times each year and we all stay relatively healthy. 

Lots and lots and lots of hours spent at swim lessons but thankful to be on a break from lessons for the summer and fall. 

Lots and lots and lots of hours spent on the baseball field too! 

Mother's Day was so relaxing and just what I wanted, spending the day with my little family! 

Peter made me the most awesome cake too! Love my little family! 

And the kids insisted on washing my mom car that evening. 

The boys were at Grandma's so us girls had a fun little spa day and tea party. 

Their favorite reading spot is my bed!

We enjoy all the activities the kids participate in but there is something nice about the end of the year and when everything wraps up, like Awana award night! 

Make up artist in training

Another fun little food box for Greece. 

He's become my running buddy again this year!

There's just those little moments as they grow that take me back and show me they're still really just my babies!

 We wrapped up a year long study of sea creatures, and the kids made a fun little habitat box to remember all the animals they learned about.

 Sabrina graduated Kindergarten and we celebrated with some family baseball.

Donut day spent making homemade donuts!

And another impromptu trip. Malachi joked that he wanted in-n-out so we hopped in the car and made that dream come true!

Fresh berry season is our favorite!

Lots of nights spent watching our Beavers play in the college world series. Here's hoping they can pull out another win tonight! 

Berry picking season has begun! So far we've had flat after flat of strawberries and a few weekends of raspberries and blackberries. The kids are actually helpful this year! 

For Father's Day we did what Peter enjoys most, spent the day out on the lake attempting to catch some fish. This was Sabrina's first time and she is just like her mom and loved every second! 

We sure do love this guy on Father's Day and every other day of the year. I'm not sure how much longer they'll fit on his lap for a picture. 

Peter has one kid who is his little shadow wherever he is and whatever he is doing.

Individual time is so hard to come by with the kids, but we are trying to prioritize it. Had a fun date with this kid last week!

This girl loves her some summertime Smore's! 

Our summer is off to a wonderful start. I love the simplicity of our days and the nicer weather is good for the soul. We are happy and healthy and just carrying on with life over here, trying to be present in the moments with our family as the days continue to pass faster than ever.