We stayed at the lake a few extra days after the Hall reunion ended. We needed more time to play in the water, make raspberry jam, hike, fish, ride the tractor and eat yummy food on the deck. These are a few of my favorite pictures from the lake this summer.
Holy Cow, I love that place!
My parents work in the Seattle temple on Friday mornings. My mom had left her glasses, so we all decided to go walk around the temple grounds. It was B-E-A-U-T-F-U-L, and so fun to be there with our five kids, after being married there nearly fifteen years ago.
At the begining of the summer we had our kids write down a few goals, things that wanted to accomplish before school started again. Now please don't go thinking that we accomplished all our goals, because that would be silly....but Ty did set a goal to run a 5K, and he did just that in August. We were proud of him, but more importantly he was proud of himself..... Go Ty!
Brooklyn's goal was to save enough money to buy a pet. I was NOT happy about that goal, but what's a mom to do when her daughter sets a goal to save her own money to buy a pet???
When we returned home from California the second time there was only one week until school started. I figured it was too late in the season to buy a bunny, and therefore I was off the hook. Funny. That's not what Brooklyn thought. She talked about it until I could handle it no more and we went to the IFA store. I was fairly confindent they wouldn't even have bunnies, but wouldn't you know they had just one more left. Needless to say she is one happy bunny owener.
The Monday before school started we rode our bikes to Roxberry for one final hooray! It was a hot day, and a cold drink was just what we needed. We sat outside in the shade and talked about the summer, what their favorite parts were, and what they were most excited about.
I'm still shocked that I've been blessed with these little people I love so much, and that are getting so big. It seems the summers, seasons, and school years are really starting to fly by. I get glimpses every once in a while of how quickly it's all going to go. I wish for a split second that I could freeze time on Tatum's rosy little checks....but only for a split second, because this is what it's all about. This is life- the learning, growing, experiencing and loving- and even though the summer flew by, we got to do it all, and it was worth every single LONG car ride.
Good Bye Summer, bring on the Fall- It's my favorite time of year!