There's been much more Instagram, and much less blogging this year. Here is a little roundup of fun summer happenings. We lived this summer up to its fullest potential.
I teach at the gym just about every morning (Zumba, "Just Weights", Spin, Cardio Pump, etc.). After our little morning outing to the gym, we got in the habit of either swimming or going to the splash pad daily. Mixed in with our regular routine was trips to the library, trips to Dallas, El Paso, Austin, and Galveston, play dates with friends, Kid Station, birthdays, Air U, trampoline fun, plenty of popsicles, and of course a little lazy summer down time in there.
Stone made a list of his favorite summer activities for our last week of summer, and we decided to go for an epic last week and relived our favorite summer activities.
So here is a little recap in Instagram pics.
My kids now know every inch of both splash pads we live near. Emerson got in the habit of wearing her precious swim cap every day. After her stitches earlier this summer, we tried our best to keep it covered up to help in the healing appearance.
We made a trip to Dallas to go to the temple, and to hit Legoland.
Talk about the Karaoke queen! We could not get this girl off the stage at Legoland. Song after song. Twirling, singing, the whole shebang. She has these waves of shyness and outgoingness. Never know which wave you'll catch, but either end of the spectrum, she is a joy.
While in Austin, we hit Ikea, and sent Stone and Emerson off to the nursery. They had a blast, and it made Ikea a little less overwhelming. :)
At the pool is a volleyball pit. Stone and Emerson often run through the sand, build sand castles, and in this case, play tug-o-war.
The only way to survive an East Texas summer is with water. So if we are outside and not at the pool or splash pad, we are on the trampline with the sprinkler underneath. A summer hit, for sure!
We were lucky enough to have some summer company! Clay (Cliff's brother) and Andy came to visit us. We took them to the Boardwalk in Shreveport (yes, we live that close to the Louisiana border), swam, went to the splash pad, and just enjoyed their company!
If you just drop by my house, chances are my kids are either in their underwear or dress up/superhero clothes/costumes. And a different one on the hour. We asked Emerson to lead the music for our Family Home Evening, but before she did, she had to run up, put her costume on, and come back down, just to stand up on a stack of antique suit cases to lead the music. We love her.
These two little puppies love each other and get along quite well. Knox likes to sneak his food to the dog, and the dog loves to lick his lap and catch anything that has fallen from his tray. The dog treats this one differently than he does the older 2.
The big East Texas balloon race is a hit every summer. We were out of town last summer, but made it this year, complete with a petting zoo.
The pool was our second home this summer. Stone continues to rock at his swimming skills (and would probably be an awesome competitive swimmer). Emerson got the hang of it this summer, and is the cutest little swimmer. Knox loved splashing when he wasn't sleeping.
Our next door neighbors got this fun toy, and invited us over to play one night...
Cliff had a conference at a resort in Galveston, so we tagged along and had a blast at Moody Gardens. My kids played in their little water park, and behaved exceptionally well. I was a little nervous to do it alone with all 3, but with help from up above, they were great.
Now that summer is over, I really don't think we could have had any more fun. We lived it up, and I'm grateful for the memories we now have after a fun filled summer.