Random Summer Blogpost

Because I have concluded that summer is kind of boring, blog fodder wise. We have done a lot but nothing that I have to "run right to my computer and blog about." Just kind of taking it easy and enjoying ourselves. Until July when mass chaos is set to spew forth and not end until after the first week of September.

We have been spending loads of time doing this...Jeremy and I absolutely love yard work. It is so relaxing to get our hands dirty and I love the conversations we have while pulling weeds or harvesting vegetables we grew. Both of us take pride in our yard and it is something we hope to pass onto our children. Seeing as how they now have their own garden, I think it may be working.

We went to the traveling Vietnam War Wall. I have been to the one in DC and it is something that you have to see to experience it. Tough guy bike riders touching names and breaking down at the wall. Endless mementos of flowers, letters and medals are left at it's base. It was just as emotional watching people at the traveling wall. It is extremely overwhelming to explain to my kids why we were there and how many men and women died for our freedom.

We have played at many, many parks. They love it best when Grandma comes.

I think this was the ninth consecutive day that Tess has worn her bathing suit. HOURS have been spent in the kiddie pool in the backyard. Mommy is still a little scared of Crypto in our area and is biding her time and stalling over public pools. She will have to get over that when swimming lessons start.

The air quality around here is TERRIBLE and I am having a hard time paying for a gallon of gas that costs more than my favorite frozen beverage at Starbucks, so when we want snacks around here, we have been making our own rather than hop in the car and spend oodles of money and ruin the ozone. How was THAT for a run-on-sentence? My kids LOVE this.

Our niece Em, has been spending a lot of time here while her mom is recovering from a very terrible 15 months and 5 surgeries. We have had lots of fun.

And sometimes Lil' Buckaroo comes over and his cousins dress him up because they just don't know how to play boy.

This kid is almost crawling. I said almost. If you look closely at the picture, you will see that she does a mean set of pushups on her BIG toe and only her big toe. She is up on all fours and has the leg part down, she is just trying to get her arms to follow suit. I give it until next Wednesday before she figures it all out.
We have also figured out that it takes exactly two marshmallows for me to sweep and mop my kitchen floor on my hands and knees. You can SO tell I am not a first time mom. Sometimes I think about how neurotic I was with my first baby and how I was so by the book and I giggle. I didn't bat an eyelash when I was dipping her pacifier in ice cream when she was two months old just so I could get some quiet.

Time on the computer is scarce these days. We have had art lessons, sleepovers at grandmas houses, trips to the zoo, homemade ice cream, countless trips to the libraries, gobs of play dates, etc that have been filling our time.

I hope that you too are enjoying your summer way to much to be blogging all of the time! See ya when we see ya!


Chel said...

Loved this post!

We too, are enjoying our summer... which explains late night posts on my blog :)

I love that you love yard work!

mammagena said...

Yes, we are having a FUN summer! I love the picture of Li'l Buckaroo- ROFL! I can SO see my Tobey looking like that someday soon!
Way to go Sophie on the "almost" crawling!!! You go girl!
Yes, baby #3 gets way more freedom (& germs) that baby #1.
I love reading your blog, especially the random thoughts! So good to be back in touch!
Hugs & Happy weekend to ya!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are having a fun summer!

Bilary said...

Your kids are so flippin' cute, and will you adopt my kids? You are having so much fun that they are getting jealous! How dare you make me look so bad??!!!:)

Oh, and wanna come do my yard work too? I'll let ya!

Cami said...

Hey Steph!! Sounds like your summer is like mine!! E-mail me when you get a chance. I have a couple of ??? about the blog groups you are in.


Snigger Fam said...

I just love how you write and your photos are wonderful. Keep it up!!! Looks like summer is going well. Enjoy the lazy days... they won't last!

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Gabriela said...

Sounds like you guys are having a GREAT summer!

I love the monthly pictures of your baby on your sidebar-nice idea.

daiseymae said...

what fun summer activities. My poor kids havn't done much of anything this summer. Except that we just came home from a family reunion. Camping for three days is about as much as I can handle.

pebes2 said...

Could you email me your recipe for those cookies or just message me on facebook. They look so yummy.

My summer activity was Traylor in Utah for 2 weeks. Now she is coming home tommorrow and I am way excited.


utmommy said...

Looks like a fun summer!

I just made those cookies and ate like a bizzillion of them! YUMMY!

Laurie said...

It looks like you are all staying busy this summer.

Jeremy loves those cookies too!

I feel the same, not much to blog about these days.

Linsey said...

Sounds (and looks) like you are having a fun summer!!! We have made those same cookies quite a bit this summer. A family favorite.

sweetpea said...

It's true! The best summers aren't always the best blogging summers--I'm in the same boat. Looks like you are having a great one--those cookies look YUMMY!!!

Gina said...

Glad to hear your summer has been so fun filled! The ice cream sounds wonderful. Homemade is the best kind!

I hear there will be another Utah blog meet up this summer! I'll send you any information I get.

The Rookie said...

I'm feelin' ya! Family in town, summer-y activities, conferences. My time is being filled up...and therefore passing much more quickly than I'd prefer. I love summer. I'd even take the heat over shoveling and scraping my windshield at wretched-early hours at this point.

Josh & Jen said...

oooh! I want that recipe!

Andrea said...

You guys are excellent gardeners! I am so jealous!

It sounds like you are having a fun summer-relaxing, making treats and visiting the library are what summers are all about.

Jen said...

Stephanie, it was great to get a comment from you on my blog - send me your email address some time! I love looking at your blogs, you are so amazing!!

Jen Dicou

mammagena said...

P.S. Tag! Check out my blog for more details :)

michelle said...

I haven't been over here in awhile, so glad you are having such a fabulous summer! Makin' good memories that is what it is all about right?!

jd said...

Hey I was talking to a mom about little girl hair and she totally refered me to your hair blog!! You are popular! I am telling you!

mammagena said...

P.S. Will you post the recipe for your "oreo" cookies please