Summer Adventures!

Summer adventuresHi Everyone!  Hope you have had a wonderful Summer!!!  We sure did!!  So much so, I took an extensive break from my blog.  I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to blow the cobwebs off and get it going again.  But miraculously, I have!  So today, I want to tell you about our summer adventures and share what posts I have coming in the near future.

At the end of the school year, I had every intention to continue writing through the summer.  This summer, however, was the first time I haven’t been working and had time to spend with my kids.  So I let time with my kids be priority number one, and we had some great adventures!

First up, was the Old Settler’s Reunion in Ness City, Kansas, my hometown.  We spent the week in Ness and saw tons of family and friends that I haven’t seen in a long time.  Some other activities the kids enjoyed were the pedal pull contest, bee bee shooting, and the carnival rides.

Noah and Alayni shooting

carnival funtilt-a-world fun

When we returned from Old Settler’s, I had about a week to finalize everything for Jonah’s 9th birthday party.   Additionally, the boys participated in a week long AYSO soccer camp and enjoyed advancing their skills!  Very soon, I will have a post with all of the details from Jonah’s birthday party and the fun we had!!

Our subdivision has a block party every year, and it’s always a ton of fun!  They really do a good job of having fantastic food (barbecue was prepared by one of our amazing neighbors!), prizes and fun for the kids.  We look forward to the camaraderie with the great friends we’ve made here in our subdivision.

block party fun

Face painting fun at the block party

This was my first year investing so much time into my garden and the experience has been wonderful.  I have two raised garden beds and many tomato plants.   I also had zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers.  Everything has produced well even though it has been a challenge maintaining proper soil moisture between the torrential rains and the extensive heat — especially when we’ve been out of town so much.

The most memorable moment of our summer has been our big trip to Disney World!  Our family, along with my brother’s family, my mom and step-dad, drove two campers and made the long trip to Orlando, Florida.  My oldest daughters were unable to attend due to work and school, but we were able to bring along my three year old grandson who had a great time!

Walt Disney funWalt Disney fun

Once we returned from Florida, it was time to complete school enrollment and get supplies!  And last week marked the first day of school — 5th grade for Noah, and 4th grade for Jonah.  Noah started his first year in intermediate school and the bus comes super early — the sun isn’t even up yet.  You can tell he’s not very happy to be up this early, and I’m lucky we even got a picture!  Jonah is finishing up his last year of elementary school and has the luxury of sleeping in another hour every morning.

first day of school

The bus comes so early for Noah it was still dark! It was a chilly first day too.

Yes summer went by way too fast!  Now that the kids are back in school, I’m heading back to work as well.  So, here are a few of the upcoming posts that you can look forward to:

  • Jonah’s 9th birthday party — Lego Style
  • Garden updates
  • Noah’s new bedroom
  • Easy, DIY art project
  • Basement updates

How was your summer?  Did you get to go somewhere fun?  Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear about your summer adventures too!