Friday, September 02, 2016

and we are back

We are back to school and everyone is happy.  Everyone is always happy the first week right?
This little girl wanted her photo taken even though we aren't sending her to school, she doesn't need school, she knows everything.
2nd year of middle school for this young lady and she was excited and less nervous this year.
Last year of elementary for this little lady.
2nd grade for this little lady, she was the first one ready that morning.
school shopping was very smooth this year.  Sydney enjoyed helping with the school supplies.
we kept up our tradition of clothes shopping individually with lunch.  This works like a charm and is fun one on one with each girl.  Thank you Auntie Vicki for helping watch the littles.

Steve kept the tradition of sneaker shopping with the girls and of course treats.

I did have to do a couple last minute things with this little peach and this is what the dressing room looks like with a toddler.
The first days of school have ended with happy girls, we have really nice teachers this year.

I may have celebrated the first day with a coffee.  I offered the parents at the bus stop to come over and jump on the trampoline but no one took me up on the offer.  I guess they had other plans or incompetent bladders.

This Mama has big plans for this school year.  Trying to keep things in perspective, keeps things under control and just do my best.  This is all I can do.  I would imagine I will blink and summer will be back again.   Happy school year to everyone.  

Love, Gina

Soaking up the last days

We soaked every last drop out of summer, down to the last week.  We had fun and we made memories.
We took a hike at the falls while Steve was at work and everyone had fun, including me.

They were so good and it was so nice.

Our littlest sweet B rode in the Ergo baby and that worked like a charm.  We couldn't have went very far with her if she wouldn't have been on my back.  It worked out great.  (Never mind that my back has hurt ever since.  The instructions on the carrier say a maximum of 45 pounds is recommended…for a line backer I would say because Cece is 27 pounds and that was officially my last day using it.  Oh how I have loved years of baby wearing but I would rather not have back surgery.)
The water was lots of fun and it made me so happy to watch the girls so happy.

Picnics have always been a hit with our family and we found the perfect spot.

We worked on a yard together
and harvested together.

We had such a great time at the Falls we had to go back with Steve on his day off.  We road this beast of a bike together.  They look really fun, they are actually really hard with 6 people.  We laughed a lot and the children may have whined a bit.

We were all rewarded with Sea Salt to celebrate our end of summer and the end of the bike ride.

Our last week and our summer was full of happy memories.  I am so thankful that our family gets to do so many fun things together.
Love, Gina

Friday, August 19, 2016

Summer days

Our summer, where did it go?  Over in a second.  But let's be honest, the last 2 weeks they were starting to fight terrible and I knew it was time.  They were excited and we had a full summer with a lot of fun so nothing to be sad about right?  Except homework….not looking forward to that or winter.  We ran all over this summer and packed in a lot.  A few things to name, 

Gabby doing a little reading, this is her favorite book and the porch is her favorite place for us to read and my favorite place too.  

This little lady could have worn a different dress every single day, she has a lot of dresses.  I never get sick of them, she kind of does and sometimes we argue about them.  "I not wear a dress." is a familiar statement.
As usual our garden had a bumper crop and the girls had a little farmers market on the street corner.  Very sweet.
We hit the water a lot

Did a lot of baking.

and met friends at the pool.

We went through a lot of groceries and I am sure more next summer.
Our dear neighbors threw a neighborhood tea party and we enjoyed the festivities.

This dolly went everywhere with us.
We biked, we swam, we visited friends and family.  Not one person in our family uttered the "B" word because I don't allow them to say bored and there wasn't a chance to get bored.  Thank you God for Summer.

Love, Gina