We spent most of the month in the 90’s, which meant we spent lots of days at the pool.  

And shockingly, only 1 day at the pond.  The pool is just easier for me now I guess and the pond requires so much hauling of stuff, so lots of pool days this summer.  Plus, we actually had our own yard this summer. Last summer it was dirt.  

And of course water slide play dates in our very own backyard.  

Fourth of July weekend we took Fang on his first camping trip to our favorite spot.  

Kids said camping was so much better with Fang.  

I said it was a lot of work. 

Fang did not enjoy playing in the creek with the kids though.  

Someone also left behind these stilts, and they provided hours of entertainment.  

We made it back home in time to do some fireworks in our driveway.  Like always, the sparklers were the scariest part for everyone. :)

We took Crew on his birthday date to Pizza Pie. 

Erin and I went hiking one night to escape the heat in the valley and found snow.  

It was crazy, but very refreshing.  

#momhike’s were much less dramatic, but refreshing all the same.  

We finally found some time to do outdoor movie nights.  

First with the neighborhood.  

And then some private showings in the backyard.  

I have always refused to take my kids to free slurpee day on 7/11.  So, they took advantage of their new found freedom and rode their scooters with a bunch of neighbor kids. It was awesome for me because I had peace and quiet for about an hour and didn’t have to go out in the 95 degree heat.  And it was awesome for them because they got free slurpees!  

Fang continues to live his best life.  

Paul started putting our kids and neighbor kids to work doing something useful…washing our cars.  

A highlight of the month was getting together with the girls I used to teach with.  Time is a weird thing.  They all seemed exactly the same to me, but then there were all these kids running around, which made the passing of time seem very obvious.  

Pictures of us from 12 years ago!!!  

Grateful everyday I got to teach with and learn from these amazing ladies.  

They were some of the first people I told when I was pregnant with Macey and the first to come visit me after I had her.  
I will love them forever.  

A Low-Light of the month was having to say goodbye to some of our favorite people, The Johnsons.  

We will miss these friends.  

Some of my favorite moments of summer were the afternoons after visiting the library.  Heaven.  

Ruby’s dreams came true, when Macey and I took her with us to get pedicures.  She kept asking “Why this chair punching me”.  :)  

I took the boys school shopping, since I knew there’d be no time in August.  It was actually quite pleasant.  I forget how much they get along with no one else is around.  

We also finally let them all sleep in the basement together.  It went batter than expected.  

Most of the times things aren’t so heavenly though, but I am grateful I can now leave my kids at home alone and run to 7-11 to get what I need to survive. Caffeine and Sugar. 

Sometimes adulthood isn’t so bad.