In absolutely no particular order.
Family bike rides through Lake Rebecca State Park. Beautiful park, lots of trails, right outside Delano. I recommend it.
The kids joined me on their bikes for my Saturday morning walk. They made it all 4.5 miles. Greta likes to pretend her bike is a horse named Scarlet. Scarlet needed to stop and “snack” on grass. Often. The 4.5 miles did not go very fast. This was at the half way mark.
Greta loves to love up the baby. And that baby is almost the same size as her. I make big babies that grow into small toddlers.
We had two soccer players this summer. Managing players on two different soccer fields was a new adventure for the parents. We were a bit relieved when soccer season was over for the summer. But these two absolutely loved it. Making all the effort worth it.
We don’t actually buy the professional photo packages for their sports at this age. We just stand behind the photographer and take our own. Completely annoying them I’m sure.
The Taste of Delano! My favorite summer outing of the summer. $5 all you can eat from all different local Delano restaurants and vendors. Plus some face painting, tattoos and bounce houses for the kids.
At a Raptor show at the library. Gus, my wild animal lover, was in awe the entire time. I’m not even kidding when I tell you this is his favorite bird – the Peregrine Falcon (fastest animal on the planet – your fun fact for the day). Dad’s summer vegetable garden
After years of being swimming lesson drop outs I finally wised up and signed up for private swim lessons for both of them together. Because they love boating, tubing and the beach I said they had to finish swimming lessons this summer. They did it and they loved it and now I have two swimmers who can’t wait for their next swimming lessons.
Some one came in my room and woke me up way to early on this morning.
Greta is obsessed with painting her nails. They must be painted all different colors every time. My creative wild child. I love it. Kind of wish I could get away with painting my nails like this.
The family that planks together stays together. Or something like that.
Huddled in the basement storage room with the tornado sirens blaring outside at midnight. My adrenaline has never been more charged as we ran up and down the stairs hauling four sleeping babies while the weather man on tv is telling us there is a tornado touch down just up the road from us. Tornados = my biggest fear in life, right after mice. The next few are just because. It’s Lucas.
Our Fourth of July cake that took three days to make. The middle layer is cheesecake. They wanted the top to be a flag made out of these candies. But they ran out of candies really fast. Gus now tells me that this is what he wants for his birthday cake. Not sure that’s going to happen. This might have been a one time deal.
Some fourth of July celebration on family boats. Greta’s one who knows how to dress for the occasion (thanks to Aunt Kalie for the flare).
Waiting for a boat to pick us up.
Ended the day with sparklers
And a little fun at the Delano 4th of July Carnival. Supposedly the largest 4th of July celebration in the state.
Making homemade ice cream with frozen strawberries, yogurt and honey. Apparently they liked it.
Spring Piano recital (told you this is not in any sort of order). Random and unorganized is the way we do things here.
Cousin Alex preformed too!
Somehow Lucas found his way to the top of the counter and took a bite out of each of the fresh baked chocolate muffins. Of course a photo was taken before he was removed. Reminds me of the time Gus at this age took a bite out of each of the fresh baked cookies.
Fun at the park. Amelia loves to swing just as much as #2 & #3.
Sorry. Last photos of our puzzle fun. But we do a lot of these around here.
Fun at cousin Jackson and Jenni’s wedding!
With a whole lot of boy cousins.
And one of the biggest dancers on the floor that night
Joe Mauer I mean Gus Becker. This is right after he learned Joe Mauer used to be a catcher. He couldn’t believe it. Now he’s working on his catcher moves. This kid watches a billion You Tube videos of Joe Mauer playing baseball. Then he takes pictures of the videos with my phone to show his dad what he learned about Joe Mauer that day. When he finds something he loves he’s dedicated 100%. Stayed up way to late to watch the this Twin’s game until the end because his dad was at the game and he needed to talk to Mitch about all the plays when he got home.
Teaching my kids to wipe off the finger prints they leave everywhere.
And then the fun of summer was over. Tears. And we read this book the night before school. More tears. Which is a funny book because it ends with all the parents huddled at the classroom door crying and the students comforting them. Which is about right.
The morning of the first day of school Mitch and Luke walked Gus to the bus stop. Even more tears.
And now a majority of my days are spent chasing these two. With a combination of wishing it would slow down and go faster at the same time.
Moving onto new adventures and the next phase.