Summer is off to a start

Last week was our first full week of summer but honestly it didn't feel like it because Ethan was in basketball camp and I had to have him at ACA by 8:30 every morning.  So we were still out the door like normal. Since he was at camp from 8:30-12:30 we didn't do much last week.  I went to my mom's three of the days for a few hours to help her and give her some company.  The poor thing broke her ankle and had to have surgery to have a pin put in.  So she can't do much right now :(



Since the weather finally warmed up we have had a lot of fun in our pool :)  We are definitely loving it!  So far Everett is not a huge fan and will only really hang out on the first step.  I'm hoping he takes a liking to it one of these days as the rest of us are fish!  This first picture was the only time we got him smiling in the pool.



Last week we had dinner at the Odenbaughs for our Thursday night dinner.  They recently purchased 5 acres in Cherry Valley and are going to build a house.  Ethan had saved up his money and purchased a BB gun after the cadet campout.  We made him wait to use it until we could go over here, as they have ample space.  He has been beyond excited and was so happy to finally be able to use his gun.  I shot it too and it was quite fun with the little shooting area Thomas had set up :)

The kids have a blast running around their property.  Alayna and the Mercer girls made a map to hunt for snakes and had fun running through the brush.


I love that over the years these kids have come to love each other and they look forward to Thursday nights just as much as we do.  This group is such a blessing. 




This morning was our first day actually at home in the morning and able to do what we wanted :)  I was proud of myself for making myself get up with Matt and go for a 30 minute jog at 6:15.  I don't love working out that early, but for the summertime I'm hoping to do it three times a week.  We went up to Oak Glen to walk around the Conservancy as all of the wildflowers are in bloom.  It's so gorgeous and we enjoyed the beauty.








I love that Alayna stops to read each sign.  She is truly in her element when we are in nature.  She notices everything and I love it, as I am a nature lover myself.  I am constantly blessed by God's beautiful creation, it brings me such joy!




Is this not adorable?  Ethan carrying Everett :)  I was happy to have a break as I had to carry him about half the time we were there.

One of my favorite parts about summer is slow evenings, and not having to do homework or pack lunches or rush to bed :)


Comments

Kelly said…
I bet that was such a highlight for your mom to have her grandkids come and keep her company! Your Thursday night crew really does seem like a second family and the "cousins" getting along so well is so nice!
Christy said…
I agree...slower evenings and calmer lazy days. Your Alayna and my Ryanne are very much alike

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