I completely failed to write a single ramblings post this summer, so I’m just going to catch up in one big summer overview post. And for the purposes of this blog post, September is totally still summer.
There are five kids in Adams family and his sister, Meredith, is the youngest and only girl. This year she graduated high school and was valedictorian. Can I just say that time flies? When Adam and I started dating she was six and now she is graduating in no time at all. It makes me 1) feel old and 2) realize that my boys will be graduating high school before I know it too. Anyway, Meredith is an amazing young woman and we all are super proud of her.
Now she’s moving away to attend college…at the beach. That sounds terrible doesn’t it? I’m not jealous at all. Nope.
Okay, it sounds amazing.
A few days after Meredith’s graduation we headed down to South Padre Island. It has become a yearly tradition that Adam’s Mom and Stepdad rent a beach house for a week each summer and invite the whole family. I think it’s a fantastic tradition :) The first year we went I had a sick baby and was pregnant, last year I had a toddler and a breastfeeding baby, and this year no one had claim to my body other than myself. So I did things. I spent a day fishing in the bay, Adam and I got out on our own, I even went to get massages with my sister-in-laws. It was a great time and the boys love the beach.
Here is a fun video clip of Elijah and his uncle Chase. Oh to be three again.
And here are some from our fishing trip…I’m the one sporting superior amounts of sun protection.
When we got back from the beach my boys were still in digging mode, and since we had no sand my flower beds and front porch paid the price…
While we were at the beach Adam and I celebrated our nine year wedding anniversary. I feel like I should write some gushy stuff to prove how much I love and appreciate him, but seeing as how it’s October the moment has kinda passed. Next year…a decade of marriage deserves some gush for sure.
OH! I almost forgot the best thing that happened at the beach. Adams youngest brother Chase and his girlfriend Erin got engaged! Yay!
We spent the fourth of July with family, and I’m happy to say that they boys fully enjoyed the fireworks. Last year Levi was too young to care and Elijah was pretty unsure of them…not the case this year. Elijah was quite confident ..”gimme the lighter Dad, I can do it…go sit in your chair and watch.” Don’t worry, we didn’t obey.
I don’t think any big events really happened in July, mostly we just enjoyed lazy summer days and lots of water activities.
The boys enjoyed swimming in our pool…
and lounging around in the hot tub…
We took trips to the river…
…and did other lazy summer things.
The first week in August I attended the Haven conference in Atlanta. It’s a blog conference especially for DIY bloggers and it was kinda a big deal for me, for two reasons.
1) Before Haven I had never met another blogger in real life.
2) Before Haven I had never left my boys for more than a few hours to run errands.
I was really excited to undo both of these things. I’ve been blogging for about 2.5 years and I was pumped to spend a few days with other creative women that totally understand this blogging thing and all that goes along with it. I also really needed a some adult time away from my kids/responsibilities. I love being a mom and all, but I was trilled to leave my offspring behind. Sometimes a girl just needs a few days off …normal jobs get weekends, you know?
I roomed with my friend (that I’d never actually met) Kelly from View Along the Way. She is just as amazing and hilarious in real life as she is on her blog. Before I left Adam was a bit concerned…”So you’re going to meet up with a bunch of internet strangers an a far away city? That doesn’t really seem safe. What if Kelly isn’t who she says she is. What if she isn’t even a woman?” I’m happy to report that DIY bloggers are actually who they say they are, and Kelly is a woman. Not that I was worried. I took a total of two pictures the entire time, but here are a bunch that I stole from other bloggers…
Me and Kelly
Cocktail party the first night
Jen from Girl in the Garage
Jessi @ Practically Functional, Laura Beth @ A Step In The Journey, Gwen @ The Bold Abode, Melissa @ The Happier Homemaker, Jacque @ The DIY Village,Jocie @ OPC The Better Half, Courtenay @ Creek Line House, Me, and Kelly @ View Along The Way
There was plenty of delicious food that I didn’t have to prepare…
On Friday night Ryobi threw an awesome party.
So awesome, in fact, that the next day my legs were sore and I had blisters on my feet.
(Evidently hands up and mouth open is just how I party.)
When I flew home on Sunday Adam and the boys met me at baggage claim. Adam brought a beautiful bouquet of flowers, which he handed to me and said “please never leave again.” HA.
At the end of August my friend Kate and her husband John came to stay with us for a few days. They are great friends that we met while in the Army and living in New York (they have since lived in Belgium and Alabama, and are in the process of moving to Alaska). John and Kate have five kids five and under, and while that sounds crazy to have seven young kids in our little house, it was great. Kate’s kids are incredibly well-behaved and my boys loved having playmates. I’d show you some pictures, but Levi wouldn’t leave his clothes on so I only have one that’s appropriate…
Aren’t they just adorable all lined up watching Diego?
The big news for September is that the boys started Mothers Day Out, they go two mornings a week. All summer I was so excited for “school” to start, I was pumped to use my two mornings a week to finish projects and write posts. I was going to become super blogger with all my kid free office hours. Well, I wrote three posts in all of September, the fewest I’ve ever written. Somehow having time to myself made me LESS productive and LESS motivated. That’s okay though, cause I’m really enjoying it. And my boys love school, even though Elijah has a hard time with drop off. He likes to cling and cry and riddle me with guilt before I leave, but he does great after that and never wants to leave when I go to pick him up.
Here they are on the first day of school…
Then I tried (and failed) to get a great pic on the second day of school…
and the third day of school…
Then I gave up trying to get a great first day of school pic and decided that imperfect real life pics are just as good. Also, I just realized that Elijah wore the same shirt on his first and second day of school. Whoops.
Just look how smart they’re becoming… (sorry about the weird watermark)
And that, my friends, is our entire summer slimmed down into one post. I’m already excited to write my October ramblings post, we have some big things coming up this month (no, I’m not pregnant!).