Summer Recap

Well, it’s getting dark earlier, I wore a jacket to work this morning, and Riley has his first cold in months. No matter how hard I’ve tried to deny it, summer is over. I do like fall, but nothing compares to summer, in my opinion. I feel like I need to make the most of every minute of sunshine and every weekend that we can be outside without wearing a snowsuit. Because before I know it, the snow will be flying, it’ll be dark at 4:30 and we’ll all be cooped up inside the house.

But enough of that. The best way to celebrate this summer, is to look back. Through pictures of course. Enjoy.

Most summer evenings were spent just like this.

Most summer evenings were spent just like this.

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Thank you, Milwaukee!

 

Riley and Charlotte got to see their daddy’s band play for the first time at a summer music festival. After some encouraging, and that sweet bubble gun, Riley happily hopped up on Daddy’s drum stool. This picture is awesome for many reasons.

 

Happy boy just pet a sting ray.

Happy boy just pet a sting ray.

The sting ray exhibit at the Milwaukee County Zoo made this kid so happy, I couldn’t even believe it.

Beach Day. A summer tradition since 2010.

Beach Day. A summer tradition since 2010.

Then it was time for our first vacation as a family of four to Northern Wisconsin.

Happiest family vacation ever.

Happiest family vacation ever.

See? Happy.

See? Happy.

Very happy.

Very happy.

And then our little baby girl turned one! And we celebrated with rainbows, unicorns and a failed Pinterest rainbow cake that actually turned out good in the end. Stupid unrealistic standards, Pinterest.

Our little Char Char turned 1!

Our little Char Char turned 1!

She already knows how to share.

She already knows how to share.

But not everything was rainbows and unicorns this summer. Our 2005 Ford Escape blew the alternator while we were driving with the kids on a Sunday morning about an hour north of our home. Not cool. Luckily my dad came in and saved the day and towed us. And then we knew it was time to say goodbye to our “big white truck.”

Broken truck.

Broken truck.

New wheels!

New wheels!

Happily, this summer allowed for plenty of time for fun in the sun and water. And we discovered that yes, maybe babies ARE born with a natural swimming instinct. I put this girl in the water and she naturally started doing the doggy paddle with her arms and kicking with her legs. Who knew?

Swimming girl.

Swimming girl.

Boating boy.

Boating boy.

And then there was my scariest moment in parenting ever. My poor baby girl got first and second degree burns by spilling a hot cup of coffee on her chest. It was as awful as it sounds. But she was a trooper. She never fails to amaze all of us.

My poor baby.

My poor baby.

The summer concluded with me running my fourth half marathon, while Daddy pushed the kids in the double jogging stroller for the 5K portion.

The sweaty fam.

The sweaty fam.

And then it was time for Riley’s first day of K4, at a new school.

He looks about 8 years old. Honestly.

He looks about 8 years old. Honestly.

Goodbye, Summer 2013. You were awesome. You weren’t too incredibly hot. You were way too short. Hope to see you again soon.

 

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