|Our sitting area. M and I have our coffee here every morning.|
Awesome tree painted by my terrific Father-in-Law.
|Plate art! |
I had been wanting to do this for awhile and am so happy with how it turned out.
Jack completed 3 sessions of swim lessons (that would be 6 weeks total!) this summer and is officially swimming all by himself! I mean one would hope after 6 weeks of swim lessons, right? ha! He has turned out to be a really great swimmer and absolutely loves being in the pool. His dad and I are actually thinking that swimming might be a great sport for our little guy to try in the near future! He also completed his first ever art camp and he LOVED it!! I've said it before, but this guy has a little artists heart. The camp was a week long and he created some amazing pieces of artwork. Of COURSE I am completely biased, but I think the kid has real talent.
|loving the OC fair.|
|so proud of my swimmer!|
|this kid loves the beach...and his sister.|
Lily was completely content NOT being involved in any activities this summer. :) I mean she's three so I really don't feel like she's quite at the age where she needs to be doing something constantly...and honestly she might just turn out to be the kind of soul who doesn't like a lot of busy-ness (ahem, unlike her older sibling :) I've really seen so much more of Lily's personality develop over the course of this summer and it's really been fun to watch. She's my little introvert, but is quite hilarious actually. She has pulled every dress and pair of shoes out of my closet at least a dozen times this summer to try on and parade around the house in. When she isn't playing dress up, she can be found singing or dancing quietly by herself.
|manicures for mama's birthday.|
|just trying on mom's clothes.|
|my little lady.|
Eva is on the move! About 2 weeks ago she finally figured out how to crawl and is now into everything. With her finally on the go it sort of officially feels like I now have three kids, haha. Even though this new stage can be a bit more challenging, I'm ready for it. Each new stage is such a gift and really is always short lived. Before I know it she'll be walking, climbing, running! It's so bittersweet seeing my sweet little babe slowly turning into a toddler, but I'm truly enjoying the journey of it all.
|first lunch in our new home.|
|she's on the move!|
August brought an end to Jack's summer activities (which I was completely ready for) and brought on some fun trips. I went away with a few girlfriends to Las Vegas for one night and it turned out to be exhausting and completely exhilarating. This was my first overnight trip with girlfriends since my BACHELORETTE PARTY! The fact that I can rarely get away by myself is neither shocking nor disappointing to me. I have three tiny children at home who need me and if I'm being perfectly honest, I really don't like being away from them. Yes, I need time to myself. And yes, I need time away from my children. However, finding the balance of it all is something I struggle with. Going away though for just over 24 hours felt really good. And I think I realized that getting away for a night here and there is okay--it doesn't make me a bad mom, it doesn't make them feel abandoned. The kids got to spend some one and one time with their dad which they all loved, and I got to remember what it feels like to take an hour to get ready for dinner as well as enjoy a hot meal. :) In addition to my mom's getaway we also had our annual summer family vacation. In years past we've always gone to Laguna, but this year we decided to book three nights at our most favorite place, Avila Beach. Overall, the kids had a blast and we made some awesome family memories. There's nothing better than when the five of us are together. It was the perfect way to end our summer and gear up for school starting tomorrow.
|Vegas (sans) baby Vegas!|
|mama and coconut.|
|first time touching sand.|
So after today I guess it's goodbye summertime. For the first time in a really long time I'm sad to see it go. We had a full season filled with lots of swimming, beach days, new adventures and some pretty great memories were made. I'm thinking that September will be a wonderful transition into fall. School's starting, Eva will be turning one and Lord knows I'm ready to welcome some cooler weather. Oh my yes, it's going to be wonderful.