Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 Summertime Wrap Up

This summer was...


... a Florida/ Georgia summer

We started our summer by visiting my parents while they were living in Florida for the summer.

 We also visited my brother, his wife and son in Georgia.

 ... a cruising summer

After visiting my family, My husband and I went on a southern Caribbean cruise.

... 4th of July celebrating Summer.

Love my momma and love my sweet friend.

These cute girls watched Veggie Tales while waiting for the fireworks.



... Parading summer,

We met our friends for a 4th of July parade.



 ... Playtime Tea Party Summer,

Makena loves playing tea party and I love that she always includes her brother. 


... Breakfast Outside Summer,

I know what your thinking... hot coffee in the summer?!?! YES! I don't really drink cold coffee very often and when I wake up around 6am it is still brisk and hot coffee is perfect. 


... Milk and Cookies Enjoying... 



... Growers Market Shopping,

We love going to the growers market! There are so many fun things to see and do, one of which is taking a dancing break. This band is so great! We have stopped to dance many times and this guy will just make up his own song, on the spot, about whatever he sees/feels. This day Makena asked her Daddy to dance with her so I sat in the shade and watched them trying to fight back the tears of joy, when I heard this singer sing about the joy of a fathers love for his daughter. I just about died. Thank goodness I was wearing dark sunglasses so know one would notice the sappy/emotional mama on the sidelines. I loved having that little moment though, sitting still, away from the hustle and bustle of life and noticing these moments. He is seriously the best dad and they have such an amazing bond. I love watching their relationship grow.


... Arts and Crafts Summer

We were at my moms house for dinner and while we waited she whips out these fun little wooden masks that the kids got to color. It was such a hit. They thought they were so magically transformed when they put on their masks. LOL! 

... Sibling Snuggle time Summer

This melts my heart. I love watching these sweet kids grow up. They just love each other so much.


... Bike Riding Summer



... Beautiful Sky Summer

If you have ever been to New Mexico you know about our skies. They are the most spectacular things to witness. On this day I stayed outside to watch it change from pastel to vibrant saturated colors, then to dark purple to black. I love our skies!


... Fun Camping Summer

This turned out to be one of the funnest camping trips. I cherish our memories.


... Dance Party Summer

 This kid was cracking me up.  I put these clunky Elmo slippers on Andrews feet and he didn't want to move his feet very much. So...

 ... Makena starts dancing and twirling around...

 ... she grabs Andrews hands to dance with him, and as you can see in the next picture, they were wiggling so much that everything is a complete blur... except for Andrews feet. Haha!

... Birthday Party Going Summer




 ... More Birthday Parties...




... Backyard Reading Summer



 ... Selfies Taking Summer


... Dress Up Playing



... Playdate Going...

These kids girls were so cute all squished together watching Princess Sophia on my iPhone. Such girls. 

... Festival Going...




... Tea Party Having...



... Backyard Dining...




 ... Splash Park Going...


... Lake Fishing...




... Fresh Fruit Eating...




... Garden Working...





... Veggie Picking...


... Bird Watching...




...Sand Castle Building...


... House Cleaning...




... More Book Reading...



... Bread Making...



... Pool Going...




... Bible Reading...



.... Swimming Lessons Attending...





... Tree Planting...

 Our friends gave us a little apple tree and started a really cool tradition. She made hearts out of cardboard and had us write wishes and bury it with the tree. Makena and Andrew thought it was the greatest. Phillip and I will keep this tradition going. It was a great idea!

 ... Patio Dining...






 ... Road Show Going...

Phillip and I were so excited to be picked to go. Its a lottery to get in you know. We were so pumped! 



... Makena Squishing...




...Water Slide Riding...



... Unusual Vegetable Growing...



... Swing Set Playing...



... Date Night Going...







... Morning Walking...


 ... More Swimming...



... Bubble Bath Trouble...

On this day I was getting ready while Andrew and Makena were playing in the tub right next to me. The tub had no water because they were already fully dressed and ready to go. Next thing I know Andrew's head was full of bubbles and Makena was just starting to add it to hers. *Sigh* I am sure it was so much fun for them but it made us late and momma had to strip them and give them a real bath which, no doubt, turned into a massive bubble bath.
Look at those faces... I couldn't even pretend to be mad.


 ...Angel Visiting...






... Big Boy Bed Sleeping...

Andew officially transitioned to a big boy bed and has done amazing! He stays in his bed every morning till I or dad (or sister) gets him. We hear him on the monitor playing until we get him.

... Grandma Morphing...

This kid cracks me up. She puts on my moms shoes and hats and walks around saying "hi, hijta!" just like my mom.

...Gigantic vegetable harvesting...







... Fun Glow in the Dark Bathing...


 ... Car Riding...


... Mermaid Singing...

On this day Makena put on her mermaid costume and walked along the garden singing. She sang about the birds and fish, deer and bunnies.


 Then she sat herself by the pond and with flowers in her hair sang at the top of her lungs with so much feeling.... our whole neighborhood could hear her. It was so precious! I was glad to have a front row view.

... Sad Story Reading...

 Have you read this book called Someday by Alison McGhee? It is about a mothers love and dream for her daughter to live life to its fullest. I've read it many times to her before and she never fully understood what it meant but I can never really get through this book without crying. Well on this day, Makena was quiet and after closing the book I look over at her and she was still with a look of anguish. I gently asked her if she was ok and she started bawling.  I held her tight and explained the book a bit better. I really love this book so much but I think we need to wait a bit to read it again.

... Play Dough Squishing...



... Bean Pole Harvesting...



 This little girl loves to harvest anything from the garden she goes out early with me and walks through the garden looking for her next harvest. Love her.

... Mermaid Morphing...

This kid is too much. She really, really, REALLY wants to be a mermaid. Every bath she has I make sure to give her extra time (without Andrew in there) to stretch out and slap her legs together, spread her toes apart like a mermaid tail and splash around. Haha! I love being her mommy!


 ... Yard Sale Having...



... More Harvesting...



... Midnight Lightening Storm Watching...

Our monsoon season is in July and August, and we have been getting some crazy lightening storms. Makena normally won't wake up to it but on this night she did and she said she felt scared. So of course we had to have some fun and count out how many miles away it was. 


... Pizza Eating...



... Store Snuggling...



... Sweet Afternoon Playing...



... More Monsoon Rain Watching...




... Authentic New Mexican Food Eating...






... Bed Sharing...



Yes, my husband accidentally fell asleep in Andrews room. Thats ok, it was nice to be able to have my bed all to myself.


... Grandma's House Exploring...



... Backyard Swimming...




... Flower Photographing...

Makena was not feeling good one day, so Andrew went out for the day while daddy watched over her. When we came back Andrew presented her with this pot of flowers so that she could take care of and make her happy. She loved them so much that I found pictures of it on my phone. Ha!


... Wedding Attending...

This was, seriously, the cutest wedding of the year. The handmade detail was so adorable. I wish I would have taken more pictures.  
And here I am sitting at my table eating the cupcake from the wedding yesterday just working on my blog.




There is my husband trying to hide from my pictures. Ha!  I told him he wasn't a turtle who could just stick his head in his shell. 

And I will leave you all with this... You all know how much I love Autumn... Even though this summer was such a fun filled beautiful summer I am ecstatic for fall to be here. So just incase you are getting excited too...

I spy fall in my garden...



What did you do this summer? 
I am starting a summer list for next year, so if you have any fun ideas/ traditions, please share.

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