Yikes! I occurred to me that my kids have passed the 1/2 way point of summer…Less than 4 weeks until they head back to school. We’ve had a fairly simple summer—no big, amazing trips, but lots of close-to-home stuff to keep us busy.
In June, I filled in as Activity Day Leader and did a fun outdoor gameboard with the girls. We used a tape to make a gameboard on the sidewalk, which included spots that said, “whip-cream pie in face” or “30 seconds with a water gun” or “3 rounds of duck-duck goose”. I think everyone had a blast, and everyone needed a shower by the time we were done!
When the cousins were hear to play a few weeks ago, they decided to play pirates and kidnapping. Rachel was kidnapped, and wrapped up in tape!
We ventured out to the Three Rivers Children’s Fest, where the kids got to sit in a real firetruck, jump in a bounce house, and collect some free stuff. They even had some cute mini-amusement park rides, but only Aaron was small enough to go on them:)
We made the 2 1/2 hour trek to Silver Beach, our favorite spot on Lake Michigan, for a fun day at the beach. The weather was warm and calm, and the water was perfect. Only problem? We forgot to bring towels. Yikes.
Marc and Marcy (Christian’s brother and sister-in-law) recently moved to Nashville—7 hours away. We drove down at the end of June to spend a few days together, and letting the cousins get to know one another. Here’s Hannah, being the awesome big cousin, with Jackson, Aaron, Liam, and Emma.
After living here for a year and a half, we finally made it to the zoo that’s less than 20 minutes away. I was impressed—its a really nice zoo! We only made our way around about 1/2 of it, but we met up with some friends and had a really fun day.
And lastly, I worked on a few simple home improvement projects. First up—I cleaned up my bookshelves and switched out the handles from the dated brassy ones to the old kitchen ones, spray painted oil-rubbed bronze. A simple thing, but it made a big difference. I also finally finished up painting the bannister, which we started a few months ago when Grandpa was here for a visit. Next, we’re gearing up to use a week of Christian’s vacation to start work on the kids’ bathroom.
I have to document everything we do, so at the end of the summer when the kids asked why we didn’t go anywhere, I have proof that we were busy having fun!