Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Summer of 2011



It was short.  Not the hot weather, it's still here, but summer vacation.  The few weeks we have to fit in scout camps & girls camps & basketball camps & youth conferences & swim team & family vacations & family reunions & EFY's & then have bumloads of "free" time to get bored out of our skulls while living in our swimsuits.  It gets shorter every year.  And by the time you fit everything in that just must be a part of summer vacation, there's no time left for the chilling out part, the getting bored part.  I miss the getting bored part.

So it was short, but sweet, nevertheless.

Here's a summary of our summer of 2011..........


My beloved garden that I finally planted in the spring.....


.....which I then neglected in May & June, then was dead by the end of July.
Maybe I should use those tomato cages next year. Duh!


School ended and the Trek began a couple days later.

Right after that, I was able to go relax up in Deer Valley, Utah with my Mom & sisters & SIL's for a few days.

Man, I really needed that!


Then came Scout camp & basketball camps & swim lessons,  then Coronado for the Fourth.

In between went like this......

swimming

Plants vs. Zombies

Caroline learned how to climb the stairs.

Then she learned how to play baby games on my iPhone (Happy Babies app is awesome!)

lake trips


staying in our jammies all day

The playroom looked like this.  Or worse.

Caroline looked like this in the mornings.  So excited to play with her brothers.


more swimming

scrumptious baby in a swimsuit

who's a total chicken about getting in the pool

not a fan

She just wants to steal shoes.

I looove how her hair gets curly when it's wet.  Can't get enough of it.


Oh, and Marlee would look like this alot.....


Trying to make up for sleep she didn't get the night before.





Then.....



we went





HERE........



the Big Island of Hawaii.

For two weeks!




And did things like this.....



and this.....



and this.....



And hung out in cool places like this.....


and this.....


And did some of this.....


and this.....


It was epic.

It was a trip of a lifetime.

And I have a bazillion photos to show for it!  Bit by bit.  Baby steps.  That will be my strategy.

So we got home from our Hawaiian adventure just in time for Meet-the-Teacher nights & frantic back-to-school shopping.  A bit rough on the re-entry to real life.

And here we are.  September already.  I need to get going on Halloween!

7 comments:

Luke and Hailie Girl said...

My favorite post yet of yours, also it is nice to know my playroom is not the only one that looks like that with legos

Nichole said...

I love the update and all the pictures! I love how you capture things! Looks like a fun summer! I was laughing at the one of Marlee. I could take one of those of Kiley every day! :)

shawni said...

Oh my word that's a lot of great pictures. I can't wait to see the rest of the Hawaii ones.

Julia Tomko said...

I found your blog on Pinterest and it really made me smile. You have a beautiful family! And your photography is fantastic! I'd love to know your secrets or tips. I'm the Mom of 2 year old twin boys and my camera (okay, it's user) has let me down numerous times. Anyway, thank you for reminding everyone that happy, loving families still exist! And btw, we will be doing Minute-to-win-it games this year for sure!

Karmaşa said...

What a lovely family :) i like your kids thy are really cute.

Rachel said...

Wonderful photos! I am a photographer myself and really enjoy looking at your work. May I ask what type of camera and lens you typically use?

carrie said...

u do an amazing job on your blog and the pictures too.. i am soo jealuos! i have four under 7 and cant find any computer time,coodos to you!!! a beautiful family you have....:)

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