This summer has gone by so fast and was so full I
want need kindly request a do-over. Or at least one month extension of summer weather and activities with no football season to occupy all my husband’s time.
And no, it’s not a Fantasy Football thing. It’s a liquor store near a college campus thing. No way around it. College kids + football = party. Which is good business for us 😉
I know all this and yet I still find myself wishing we had done a few more things this summer. Gone to the Splash Pad a couple more times. Taken a family camping trip. Actually gone to Sesame Place like we wanted to in May.
But when I just uploaded all the pictures off my camera from this summer…I realized we had done quite a bit.
Let’s recap, shall we?
First off we headed out to Cape Cod to visit with our awesome friends and got to dip our toes in the ocean and eat fresh seafood and send lots of quality time catching up with dear friends.
We had a Memorial Day BBQ that was freezing and rainy. So it turned into a dress-up party.
We went to the zoo. Again, freezing and rainy. But we took a picture at our favorite spot outside the polar bears again.
The girls hung out at the Splash Pad with their besties. I could die from this cuteness.
Then we took an all-family weekend up to the cottage. And loved every second. And yes, Isora’s not in the picture. She’s so advanced she took this shot ::wink wink::
Then we stayed at the cottage for an all Sims girls week. And got to do a small hike amongst other less strenuous activities. I mean, something had to balance out all that thrifting/antiquing/shopping/eating.
And we played on the beach as much as possible. Which was a lot.
And we found out that not everyone in our family enjoys a warm gooey hot-off-the-fire marshmallow treat. For shame.
We also played widely inappropriate card games and drank whiskey until the wee hours. And laughed till we cried.
We watched baseball and fireworks on the 4th with our favorite friends.
Isora taught herself to climb up to the highest slides with ease.
We had after-dinner dance parties. And Cedella taught her Daddy to dance like a princess.
We made crafts at Grandma’s library every week and even made it into the local newspaper.
Cedella fell in love with an adorable therapy dog named Blue at the Reading with Rover program at the library. But those legs. Stop growing little girl. Just. Stop.
We finally confirmed that the Johnson family resemblance is a strong one when my Mom reunited with her cousin she hadn’t seen in 30ish years. Mom, Kit and Abbe and my Grandma Rose.
Then they danced their little booties off at the Deirmimas annual reunion.
Cedella found her inner Bob the Builder at the Chicago Children’s Museum. The look of concentration on her face is just priceless.
And Isora found absolute zen in the form of every swing she’s ever touched.
And I found my joy at a little place called H&M.
We ate cake. With our hands. A lot.
And we swam. In the fancy toddler pool at the country club. At swim class. In the pool at our Aunt Sabah’s house.
And in the tiny pool on our deck. Almost every day.
And we made Za’taar in our pajamas.
We had one of the most memorable and fun and exhausting and gorgeous summers ever. And I’m incredibly sad to see it go.
But now it’s time for preschool and sweaters and scarves and football and chili on Sundays and all those birthdays coming up.
Can’t wait to share the latest with you…I officially have a preschooler.