Sunday, August 19, 2012

These are a few of my favorite summer things...

girls in cute swimsuits with sunburns and rashes...

Well now, that just sounds terrible!!  No but really, one of my favorite parts of this summer by far, has been all of our days of fun in the sun!  We have a lovely neighborhood pool, that we have spent several afternoons at every week.  It is truly the one activity EVERYONE agrees on. 

This summer another kiddo learned to swim!  Little miss Lorelei has become quite the fish.  Each child has a swimming specialty.  Bailey is an accomplished swimmer and can hold his breath for an amazing minute!  (Get me my inhaler!!)  Savannah is a little acrobat in the water.  Jonas can tread water longer than anyone I know.  Lorelei learned quickly how to do front and back flips under water! 

All the kids are sun kissed, Coppertone babies (even with 50 sunblock!).  The girls hair is streaked with golden highlights, the boys a shade lighter brown.  They look as if they have truly enjoyed their summer!  Even the momma has a tan!

We also enjoyed a trip to the beach. A camping trip to be precise worthy of it's own solo post, but I'll let the photos speak for themselves...

Our accommodations

Morning coffee at sunrise!
She can sleep in anywhere!!  She slept till 10:00a.m.
Jammies on the beach!

 Let's just say it was the best and the worst camping experience of my life!!  Sand, sand and more sand!  UGH!  Oh and the sunburns...even with 50 sunblock! Yikes!

Today is my last official day of summer vacation.  My teacher work week starts tomorrow.  So in addition to some weekly chores like laundry, meal planning, grocery shopping and some cleaning, we headed to the pool for an afternoon swim.  The kids had a great time posing for some photos!

Even John "jumped" in on the fun!

 We headed home for showers and baths.  Jonas made the sweetest comment about getting all clean after swimming.  "Mommy doesn't getting clean make you feel special?  It makes me feel special, like royalty!"  It really is the small things that make children happy.  And he's right, there's nothing better than a hot shower or bath after the pool or beach.  Shiny clean, sun kissed and ready for whatever comes next.  In our case it was a yummy end to summer dinner of ribs, corn on the cob and baked beans. 

I feel ready for tomorrow.  No matter what was accomplished "project" wise this summer, the most important thing I accomplished was spending wonderful time with my family, making amazing memories!

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