It's been the most amazing summer and both my heart and soul are filled with amazing memories.
Summer started with the most incredible road trip to London, Kentucky to visit our family campgrounds and take the most incredible five mile hike to Van Hook Falls.
We did something different in June. I decided to teach summer school, and both the boys attended. For the first time ever, we were all in the same school building and it was so much fun. But that meant we had to cram all of our summer fun into the evenings and weekends all through the month of June. Fortunately, we seemed to manage that just fine.
Beginning with the pool. We bought a pool pass for the first time which paid itself off in about the 2nd week of summer. My answer to every "I'm bored" was "Let's go to the pool." Through June and July, we were there a minimum of 5 days a week. The boys became amazing swimmers, had tons of fun with all of their friends at the pool, and I got to read tons of books from the side of the pool.
All through June, we spent 2-3 nights a week at the ball field, although we did have lots of rain outs this year. Jeremy helped with coaching and Eli and I sampled the snacks at all the concession stands.
The boys went to Boy Scout Day Camp and had an absolute blast. They were so worn out when I picked them!
Here they are with their homemade marshmallow shooters.
Many evenings included bike rides to the park. It just seemed like the perfect ending to the long summer days. Actually, this one probably won't end with summer. I'm sure we'll keeping taking evening bike rides as long as we can.
In July, we took the trip we had been waiting 4 years to take. Ever since our visit to the Outer Banks 4 years ago, we could not wait to return. So on the evening of the 4th of July, we took off on a road trip, watching fireworks from the car. Destination, North Carolina.
Days on the beach, doing nothing. The perfect vacation. You can read all about it here.
Before heading home we stopped to visit family and got in a little fishing.
We took the Blue Ridge Highway out of North Carolina. As many times as we've made this trip, I can't believe we are just now discovering this. We will never miss this again when we travel to North Carolina.
The Linn Cover Viaduct was a little scary... but the views...!
Eli turned 8 the day after we returned from vacation.
We slid into August, and Lex turned 10!
Saturday birthdays are the best and the whole family celebrated with ziplining!
Mid August, the boys road tripped to Ohio to stay with grandparents for a week. After a week, we went to get them and visited the Great Darke County Fair.
The boys were in heaven!
We got back from Ohio just in time for back to school night and then the beginning of school. As I sent the boys off to their first day, I truly felt that we had sucked every last bit out of summer that we possibly could.
So we've had a week back at school and are gearing up for a fall full of Scout Activities. Already, the boys are at it with popcorn sales. Aren't they the cutest?
So hello fall and all your pumpkin glory. Hello to hoodies and fleece jammies, evening fires and soup. Hello football and soccer, and all things Halloween. Hello work grind and signing planners every night... squeezing every minute of family time we can into the weekend. Hello long weekends that come far too sporadically and one holiday after another for months and months. Fall, I'll welcome with you with half open arms - because my heart is still a little bit in summer - but I promise I'll come around.