Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Summer Report (aka picture overload)

Oh my my.  It is September, and (officially) there are only 10 days left of summer!  May and June feel like centuries ago, but looking back at our "goals" and through our pictures makes me smile on so many moments of summer 2012. :)  With two Bulldog W's behind us, the changing leaves outside our windows, and the glorious cool temps at night, I'm going to go ahead and call the season and retire our report card! :)


Not too shabby!  At our initial check in, we had already crossed off the pools, a Braves game, watermelon, a cookout, ice cream cones, and our date.

Since then, we've made good progress!  We've...

Splashed in more pools!
Pool party with Malli

and had more ice cream cones.

Had a water fight (with Uncle J and cousins from California)!

 Enjoyed some picnics.

Had our first (and second and third) family movie night :)  Here, we watched Veggie Tales.

Reed also saw his first movie in the theater this summer with Grammy and Papa (Madagascar 3), but I don't have a picture. :(

We've...
Been to story time at the library.  The story was about a dragon.  See the fire-breathing dragons?

Eaten gummy bears.  (That was Reed's main contribution to the summer list!)

Been to the beach!

And we built a sand "castle."

We played at parks and playgrounds.  (This picture is at Mimi's playground!)

We made popsicles.

We went it to the Children's Museum 3 times!  (Grammy and Papa renewed our membership!)

We've also painted with water, gotten artsy with sidewalk chalk, played with bubbles, and hit the zoo...

We visited a farm... of sorts.  (At Stone Mountain Park).

We had a nature hunt.


There were also a few things that we "sort of" checked off...

Lemonade.  When we were eating at City Market in Savannah, I looked up and saw a big lemonade stand, the kind where they squeeze the lemonade in front of you.  I thought about our summer fun list and grabbed Reed's hand.  He loved the lemonade, and I loved crossing it off our list without actually making it! :)

 And potty training is "in progress."

(What a cute little tush!)  We've been letting Reed go on the potty whenever he wants to, but not forcing the issue when he's not interested.  We're heading to Disney World this month, and decided to wait to wear his mickey mouse underwear full-time until after we get home.  Nevertheless, potty training has been a fun(ny) part of our summer. :)

Also, the backyard treasure hunt idea got overtaken by our yard project... But something tells me tractor time was just as exciting. :)



Plus, we did get in some swashbuckling at cousin Cam's pirate party...


And there were a few things we didn't check off...

The sprayground.  We went a lot last summer and I thought we would visit at least once this summer, but I just never got inspired for the 40 minute drive when we had other water fun options.

Papa's canoe.  Maybe in the fall?

When I tried to make a cheerios necklace with Reed one morning over an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, he had a total meltdown.  He didn't even let me get done with my explanation.  I thought he would love it, but shows what I know! :)

And no rainbows either. :(


Last but not least, we ended up with some "extra credit" summer fun too!

Reed's first bowling experience.  Go, Reedy, go!  (At Sanctuary Youth bowling night).

Molly's first swim. :)

Boating with our buddies!

Ben & Chloe's visit, (and them meeting Molly in person)!

GA trip for Andrew & Emily and family (and uniting Reese and Molly for the first time) :)

Feeding crocodiles.  (One rainy evening at the beach).


 Horse carriage tour of Savannah.

First visit to Sublime Doughnuts (Amazing! ...you will never eat another "regular" donut again!)

Celebrated our Uncle Zach's graduation and next adventure.  (Love R's face here).

Stone Mountain.  We didn't originally think of visiting Stone Mountain this summer, but Reed had a ball and we will definitely return.

Also, Reed attended his first rave.  Just kidding.  (B-day Party).

I sort of thought this summer would be stressful and/or somewhat uneventful.  But I was pleasantly surprised, and am so thankful that we were able to have fun and make lots of sweet memories!  Now that Molly is almost five months old, we've really started to settle into our stride as family of four.  I'm looking forward to a new season of fun this fall!  Thanks for sharing in our summer pictures!

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