I have logged about 3500 miles on the road in the last month. It's been a crazy time and so much fun too! We don't have too many 'lazy days of summer' because we are so scheduled with family reunion activities. It's a scheduling science trying to cram so much vacation into 4 weeks to make sure we see both sides of the family and also try to do some special things with our little family too. Trevor makes major sacrifices to make it happen for our family, and we are so grateful! It's no small feat to arrange time off when you are self employed. And he spoils us by letting us have extended vacation time while he goes back to man the fort.
I now I have about 500 photos to go through from the last few weeks, but before I sort through those, we did manage a few things before the family reunion fun.
I loved the lemonade stand supplies Target had this summer. The kids begged and begged, and we finally found a sunny, warm day to set it all up. Our neighborhood is pretty quiet, but the UPS man did pay a whole dollar for a cup and they were pretty ecstatic!
The 3 big kids did a round of swimming lessons. I opted for private lessons this year mainly because Rylan still isn't old enough to do the class lessons (must be 4) and I couldn't really do the parent/child class with Miles in the mix....so I signed Ry up for private lessons and then decided to move all 3 of them to private to avoid being at the pool for 2+hours waiting for the class lessons to start. We had only 4 lessons, but the one on one help made it way worth it!
See? the whole pool to themselves! It was so nice!!
Rylan was distracted most of the time. Addison made big progress and Carson did too. I still want him to be a stronger swimmer before he is a boy scout, so he'll need to do one more round next year.
Carson did a week long soccer camp put on by the Seattle Sounders. He absolutely loved it! It was all day for 5 days, and man, was he tired when he got home! He attended the camp with one of his good friends from church and had the best time.
Trevor got his anniversary present out of the box from 2 years ago when I bought him the jeep top hoist to lift the top off the jeep. The kids were thrilled!
I tackled one big project. Since I can't make any decisions on the inside decor and colors of my house...why not work on the garage? So for Father's Day I rearranged Trevor's work out space in the garage. And took it from this (wo, this is embarrassing...even for the garage!):
I started by filling all the holes and painting the entire wall a blueish gray (including the fuse boxes) and getting rid of the shelving units that were housing mostly junk and household items that never made it into the house after the move. I had Trevor relocate the ladders so I could have some empty wall space. We added some wall hooks to manage the bicycle chaos, and then I mounted an inexpensive TV to the wall and had a cable box hooked up. Trevor is in heaven being able to watch the track and field Olympics while working out. I painted an old shelf and dusted off some of his running plaques and awards to display. And then covered the phone/cable line unit with a vanity mirror that I painted with chalkboard paint. This is his version of a man cave. It makes me so happy I might actually start working out!
In between family reunions we had a week back at home so Carson could attend cub scout camp. His final year as a cub scout (sniff, sniff). Can't believe he is one of the big kids at camp. Again, another fun week for my 10 year old.
We snuck in time to play at the park, do yard work, and play in the sun! And then we were off for some family reunions!