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Monday, August 15, 2016

Summer Fun 2016

The summer break is winding to an end and it really has gone by quickly this year. We sometimes wait until close to Labor Day to start school, but this year we will be starting at the same time as our area public schools next week. Since in the past it has taken us about 1-2 weeks to make the painful transition of quite a bit of freedom to quite a bit of structure, I figured we would get a head start on the painful part. Hopefully by Labor Day everyone will have happy hearts and great attitudes. :) But it has been an eventful and fun summer for us with a few road trips, lots of down time and time with friends. During the school year, we are home a lot. So this summer I made it a point to be out and about several times a week. We had the freedom to do so and that is exactly what I did.
We started out with a list of things we definitely wanted to do this summer. I am happy to say that almost everything on this list is now checked off.
 The boys started off summer with a week in VBS at the church where they attended Mother's Day Out during their preschool years. To say they were pumped about this week is an understatement. They had a blast!
 boy dress up never gets old to these guys
 We've hit up the water park about once a week. Sometimes twice.
And on a few lucky days we got to bring daddy along.
We tried to see how many clowns we could squeeze into a tiny car.
 Education continued on, but just minimally. I started working on the alphabet with Abe.
 The boys pressed on through math. Almost every week day this summer they did a little math work.
 We went to the library weekly and they all read their little hearts out!
 Holden found a series of books he loves...the I survived series. Check it out if you have one that is just getting into chapter books. It is fictional books about true events in history. And Holden has now read most of them and loves them and tells me all about each one.
And Pax read so much (through the library summer reading club) that he got his name in a book that will be in our public library! So proud of this book worm!
 This same sweet boy started weekly piano lessons this summer and is doing well.
 And he spent many hours building creations at his lego table.
We cheered on our little track star at many hot track meets.
 We celebrated father's day with my dad.
And of course with this special daddy.
 Before the triple digits hit, we actually spent time playing outside in ways that didn't have to include water.
 We hosted a boy cousin sleepover and took the cousins to the waterpark.
 We played lots of games.
 We enjoyed a few snow cones.
 We painted.
 We built with blocks.
And this little baker helped me in the kitchen many times.
 We celebrated the 4th of July!
 twice, actually.
 We had a tonka truck car wash with friends.
 The big boys liked it as much as the little ones.
 Another cousin sleepover and fun times with the Colorado cousins.
 We made lots of messes.
 All 3 boys attended a morning sports camp for 4 days in July. By the 4th day Abe was a mess crying at the thought of leaving me for another day. So instead he and I had a 3 hour date that morning. 
 We went roller skating with friends.
This is the only other picture I have that is not completely blurry. 4 out of 5 in the family loved it. The 3 year old wasn't ready for wheels.
 We took a quick trip to Oklahoma to see friends.
And we got a wild hair. He's been asking to do this for months.
 And the one thing that Pax has been asking to do ALL SUMMER LONG. Yesterday he and I sat in the hot sun so he could have his lemonade stand. I have no idea where he got the idea, but my best guess is that he read about it in a book. :) He was a trooper and such a cute, little entrepreneur. He made $30 in two hours and at least half of that was in "keep the change". And one person's change was $7.75!! Honestly, he had no plans for his profits. He has put the money is savings jar. I say that he's a saver like his daddy. I think he wanted the experience more than he cared about the money.
This summer has really been a special one. I think it is the fun ages and how growing up a little definitely changes things but it sure adds some additional possibilities and fun to this season for our family. I wouldn't mind one more month of this summer fun, but all good things must come to an end. So long, summer!

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