Friday, August 19, 2016

Our Summer, in Pictures

And just like that, our summer is over.

We had a good one this year.  It was the perfect combination of lazy days at home and fun outings with friends and family.  But, with the start of school this week, we're back in the routine...and to be honest, I'm kind of loving it!  We all thrive on a schedule. But I'm also thankful for the past few months and the time to to be "off the grid" for a little bit.

Here's our summer, in pictures.

I am on a mission to convince Noah we need a pool in our upcoming home build.  This summer, we had an inflatable pool as a "tester" in our backyard...we wanted to see how much we would actually use it when it was there every day.  And let me tell you: we used it a ton!  

Emmie was in it almost every single day.  So, I think I'm winning the battle now. :) We shall see!

Emmie also took swim lessons this summer!  She did amazingly well and was swimming almost all the way across the pool by the end of the week.  Go Emmie!

We also had a lot of fun at our local zoo (we live really close and have yearly passes).

Emmie loves the splash pad...

...and Jackson loves the shade! :)

We planted a few more flowers over the summer.

Daddy's Father's Day present was a new set of flowers for our backyard that Emmie helped pick out and plant.  I'm happy to report they're still alive as of publishing this post! :)

We had a great time celebrating Daddy's birthday...

...and trying out sparklers for the first time that same day. I'm pretty sure this will be the first and only time; Emmie grabbed the wrong end of a used sparkler about 10 seconds later and swore them off forever.

And a certain someone started eating a couple of veggies.

So far he's not a big fan...we're getting there.

We visited New Orleans for a fun wedding in July and got to see some old friends at a baby shower in Birmingham this past weekend!

That weekend, Jackson got to meet his great grandmother (my grandmother) for the first time!

I continued working over the summer.  Lots of fun new blog posts and networking happened in this chair, all while watching my babies play.  I launched my first eBook this summer too! Have I ever mentioned I love my job?

We've taken lots of family walks (when it wasn't a thousand degrees and/or raining).

And we've explored lots of cool new places around our neighborhood!

We've had cousins visit...

...and been in the kitchen a lot.  Even Anna and Elsa helped one day.

But, all good things must come to an end...and our amazing summer ended Tuesday.  We're super excited about this girl's LAST year of preschool!

Let's do this, fall!