Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Summer Recap

Well, Wade starts kindergarten today.  So as not to focus on the fact that my heart is currently in my throat, I thought I would share some of my favorite moments captured from our adventures this summer.  There are tons more (I am a bit snap-happy with my camera), but I'm not sure you have the stamina to read through the forty or so I whittled it down to as it is, so here goes…

Back in June, the kids and I worked on a painting for Mary Graham's nursery.  I LOVED it!  This was in the beginning stages…

We spent most of our summer back in sweet Virginia, where we visited family and friends and just soaked up the general awesomeness that is the Commonwealth.

So much fun to get to spend some time with grandparents and cousins in northern VA!  Just look at the faces on those precious children.

Fourth of July fun!

Mary Graham loved cuddling up to her Uncle Taylor during our time at the beach.  Had the best time hearing his crazy stories about being a landlord.  I need to laugh like that on a more regular basis.  We so wish he didn't live so far away :(

MG was also quite smitten with her Mimi.

I don't think this picture needs any words, but it was too funny for me to leave out. (that's a king-size bed, btw.)

Kiawah, South Carolina

Enjoying some quiet on the beach with my dad.  There is no one quite like him.  I love that he encourages me for major acts of bravery (like my cross-country flight with all three kids by myself, for example) by urging me to consider the life of Louie Zamperini (of Unbroken fame) and how, really, my troubles pale in comparison.  (And it's true, I have to admit.)

Who is this grown man I was like a little mama to all those years growing up?  He was never more than five years old in my mind.  Love him.

My two guys out on the water.  We had a great time, just the three of us.  I think having older kids is really fun. (I realize five is hardly "old," but you know what I mean)

babies + bonnets + beach = heaven

Mary Graham and my dad developed quite the bond.

My sweet Holland.  Every age of hers is my favorite.

Just a typical kind of day.  Philip carrying Graham like a sack of potatoes into the ocean.

Sometimes it's hard for me to believe that here I am, married and with three children.

Just look at these three munchkins.  I am blessed to call them mine.

One of Holland's strengths as a big sister is reading to MG.  She is quite remarkable at it actually.  I need to post a video.

I celebrated my 32nd birthday while we were in Virginia.  It was wonderful to spend the afternoon at the Ploughcroft Tea Room with almost all the women in our family (we missed you Megan!).

all the granddaughters!

Holland was SO excited to make my birthday cake.  She has no idea that her precious excitement over it was by far the best part of my birthday.

Sure missed being with Philip, but I made sure to get some birthday kisses from these goobers.

I am so thankful for these two women, my beloved grandmothers.  They are so dear to me and don't think I took for granted one moment that my children got to sit on their laps and get their cheeks kissed by them.

I had my first painting lesson!

Wrestling with Papa!  This instantly took me back to the day when my brothers and I were in their place.  And yes, Taylor and Andrew, I told Wade and Holland the secret to getting out of a vice! (breathe on dad, of course)

We had a picnic at the Peaks of Otter and walked around the lake.  It was a gorgeous night.

There is just something special about a grandmother with her grandchildren.

Papa and Mary Graham were early morning buddies.  Is there anything better than being able to pass your baby off to your dad so you can sneak back up to bed and sleep?  Fellow mamas, am I right?

Wade and his cousin, Nolan playing with trucks together.  Classic.

All my babies in the tub together!

Witnessing my children run through the yard at my parent's house on a beautiful summer night?  I wanted to hit the pause button.

We love you Mimi!

Holland has always been the crafty one, but Wade recently developed a love for coloring pictures.  It is really endearing.  (He will explain that he prefers to color when there is already a picture drawn, just so we're clear :)

And if Holland doesn't have it made, then I don't know anything.  I mean, look at this girl living the dream while her big brother pulls her along for the ride!

And with that, we bid farewell to summer.  Our journey continues at kindergarten…I hope to return soon with more to report :)

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