Reflection of Summer

My summer vacation is officially over.  In my eyes, Saturdays and Sundays don’t count as vacation because I get those days off anyway.  Although it is very sad to put another summer into the history books, the school nerd in me is always excited to get back to school!  So I thought I would look back at just what I accomplished this summer.

Two of my favorite girls and I headed to Texas to start my summer vacation in style.  We toured San Antonio,

shopped til we dropped in Houston, almost died during our pilgrimage to Sprinkles Cupcakes,

hung out with Jordyn Sparks, Backstreet Boys and the marvelous New Kids on the Block, and then headed back home.

I suffered through two flights with my children to spend a few days with my wonderful grandparents in Ohio.


It was well worth it!  I am so lucky to have some of the best grandparents in the world!!


While we were in Ohio we got to hang out with my favorite partner-in-crime/nanny, Janet.  We also spent some time with our other family members.  I’m really glad I wrestled Parker while giving Paige the stink-eye to behave on those flights!

  • We got home from Ohio just in time to suffer through a miserably hot Rich Hill 4th of July

  • The kids and I have went to the pool, organized their bedrooms, froze a bunch of corn, canned pickles, tried out various zucchini recipes while poor Blake had to work.

Then on a productive Friday morning, this happened…

  I was out of commission for almost a week but I did get caught up on several episodes of The Secret Life of the American Teenager.  When I started feeling guilty about my trashy TV watching, I watched The Kennedy’s series to feel a little more intellectual.  By the way, that is a great series and is available on Netflix!  The Kennedy’s not the Teenager show…

Update on the finger:  It is more purple than in this picture now and bends backward in a weird way that it didn’t used to.  Oh and joy of all joys, I got my first hospital bill yesterday which made me super happy since I feel like they did nothing for me…I will not start the ranting…

We took one more quick adventure to KC and spent a couple nights at Great Wolf Lodge.  We had a great time and Paige was very adventurous!

This week I had some much needed pampering and girl time.  I got all of Paige’s back-to-school shopping done.  This is my first time looking at back-to-school from a parent’s perspective.  My how things are different!  Kindergarten is right around the corner and Paige is ready!  She has her monkey backpack, My Little Kitty lunchbox, a couple new outfits and she can hardly wait to go learn how to read!  Kindergarten watch out!  Here she comes!

Parker is crazier than ever.  I learned the hard way that I have to be careful what is on the TV when he is around.  I was watching a reality adventure show and before I knew it Parker was diving off of the arm of the couch onto the cushion in bellyflop fashion.  He loves adventure, running fast, and falling hard!  When you ask him how old he is he will have one of two answers, “Two” (His birthday isn’t until Sept.) or “Half” because Paige must have informed him he is 1 1/2.  He is talking like crazy and so stinking cute that you can overlook his wild side most of the time.  But if it’s quiet, you better go find out what he is up to!!

Last night another momentous thing happened in Paige’s life.  She jumped off the diving board for the first time.  I know that you are thinking that is no big deal.  Especially since Parker also jumped off the board and he is not even 2 yet but Paige has always been a huge scaredy cat.  I’m super excited that she is out growing that!

I would say that we have had a great summer even if it has been 150 degrees most of the time!



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