Our Hammock Swing
I am seriously in love with our hammock swing. It is complete bliss to sit out there with a good read and gently sway back and forth. That, of course, has only happened for about 5 minutes, but wouldn't it just be lovely? Until then...
Falling Asleep on the Sofa while Watching a Movie
Sprinklers and Sandboxes
We spent a lot more time outside earlier in the summer. We loved hanging out on the deck, running through the sprinkler, playing in the sandbox, blowing bubbles, reading books, having fun.
We love sitting out in the backyard reading our books. We occasionally have trouble deciding who gets to pick the books, so we just read one for everybody. The more the merrier. This summer we've also started reading chapter books to Clark. Most recently we've finished The BFG by Roald Dahl. Not sure if that was the best choice with all the child eating, bone crunching and horrible grammar.
I love hanging out with Clark and watching a new movie. We've checked out several from the library this year and enjoyed having movie nights sprawled out on the sofa.
This was probably one of the best days of the summer. Jason and I took the kids mini golfing and we had a blast. Clark scored an average of 63 strokes per hole. He was given an extra 15 strokes for falling asleep in the clover at one point. Kent preferred to retrieve the balls instead of playing a traditional game.
The Rains Came Down
But hopefully the floods won't come up again. We cleaned the basement several times early this summer from floods. Jason and Clark (with the help of his trusty sand shovel) finally dug out the window well and replaced it. Now...the rain will stay outside!
More Rain"If all of the raindrops were lemondrops and gumdrops, oh what a rain it would be. I would go outside with my mouth open wide, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah..." I love that song.
I can't believe I didn't post a picture of this earlier! Kelli made this cake for Jason. It was Funfetti cake with brownie towers. Yum. The crayon candles have a certain charm, don't you think?
It really isn't summer without a trip to Great America. If that were my rule, I haven't had a summer in approximately 7 years. Hmmm. Clark and Jason have been twice this year...luckies! But I was able to go once and that was simply thrilling. What a rush to ride roller coasters!
We had such a great time at Jason's extended family reunion. The weather was beautiful. The food was great. The company - top notch!
Delivering Treat Bags
We made treats and delivered them to our local relatives. A long, but rewarding day in the car!
Cameron and Ainslee stayed overnight and we decided to do a scavenger hunt as we walked down to the lake near our house. They started out really excited with their Field Guides and buckets in hand. Then as the 3 miles wore on, their enthusiasm wore out. A promise of lunch and living room picnic cheered them up considerably.