Friday, August 30, 2013

{Summer: That's a wrap!}

Phew! Finally made my way through the summer pics!  Here's a few of the fun things we did during the time we actually stayed in town. It was a gorgeous summer in the Seattle. One of the best we've ever had.  We enjoyed being outside and squeezed in a ton! 

Now that Rylan is riding his 2 wheel bike with training wheels pretty well, we ventured out on several Saturday/Sunday family bike rides.  

Our garden did fairly well. Awesome tomatoes and yellow squash.   Bean and peas, not so much.  But our strawberry patch never disappoints.  We made a couple dozen jars of freezer jam and ate these for several weeks in June/early July.  
Carson had a couple 11 year old scout campouts.  Trevor got an additional calling as an 11 year old scout leader. I love sending my boys off together for scouts. They both love it.  

We did a round of private swimming lessons at the high school pool. Addy gets most improved over the summer.  I don't have to worry about her *as* much in the deep end.  Ry still doesn't like getting water in his eyes.  

Our slip and slide was on it's last leg, but we managed to get it duct taped up enough for one afternoon before putting it in the trash.  

We did a lemonade stand with friends.  

We invited several families over for a homemade ice cream night and lit and set off these awesome paper lanterns.  

We fit in a Mariner's game with some extended fam.  We recycled Addy's "Puyallup Peaches" uniform from a birthday party last year and borrowed one for her cousin.  They looked so darling!  

We played outside as much as we could for my calling in Activity Days including a day hike and super-sized slip and slide at the stake center.  

Major yard projects included bringing more crushed rock for the paths in the back and pressure washing and staining the fence (we still have a couple sections to go). Finished product looks like a brand new fence.  Oh man, time consuming project.  

We checked out a few outdoor pools close by. Outdoor pools are hard to come by, so these ones were pretty busy...but we got there early to stake out good chairs and played until they kicked you out.  

We bought a snow cone maker and made our own snow cones!

And our last hurrah before the start of school was a mom and kids date up to Seattle to go to the Great Wheel and Pike Place.  The kids absolutely loved this giant ferris wheel.  

In Pike Place you can't skip over the gum wall.   

Or the pig.   

Or the gorgeous market flowers.

Oh, these pictures make me sad it is all over.  Now we're deep into routine and sport practices, piano and church commitments too.  We loved the lazy days of summer!  


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