Summer Slipping Away

7 08 2014

Being home with my little man for the summer has been priceless. There is such a difference between hanging out with him all day during the summer versus only seeing him for 2-3 hours a night during the school year, which quickly becomes a rush of getting him fed, bathed, and into bed. We get so close on these slow summer days. While summer 2014 feels like it flew by, looking back at pictures helps me remember that we really made the most of our precious time together and did a lot of cool things!

  • Library puppet shows
  • Volunteering behind-the-scenes at Vacation Bible School
  • A weekly “Swing & Sway” class at the library

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  • Trampoline time at Nana’s
  • Bubbles, bubbles, and more bubbles!

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  • Cooking and baking

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  • Bloodwork

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  • Blood sugar (Duck Donuts)

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  • First dentist visit

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  • Visited a zoo and stopped for local frozen custardIMG_8233
  • Soaked in a splashpark

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  • Brunch/playdate with friends

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  • Busch Gardens a few times

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  • Fed the ducks at a local park…

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  • …and played on the playground

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  • Played a lot of Memory

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  • Watched Mommy run a 5k through a vineyard
  • Checkups and ear infections

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  • Sweet snuggles with our dog

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  • Visited mommy’s and daddy’s “Tadpoles” preschool class at church

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  • Fun 2nd haircut at Snip-Its

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  • 2 summer reading programs at our local libraries

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  • Summer reading program carnival at the library

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  • Brewery dinner and 4th of July fireworks at a local ski resort

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  • Turned TWO years old!

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  • Celebrated a friend’s 2nd birthday

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  • Visited a newborn in the hospital (E did not come along for this!)
  • Peach Orchard “Come Grow with Us” children’s program – twice

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  • Visited Daddy at work
  • Played at our city playground and watched the geese in the river

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  • Chick-fil-a Cow Appreciation Day

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  • Watched Daddy run a 10k and visited a local festival

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  • Mommy playgroup at the lake

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  • Washed cars with daddy

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  • Attempted potty-training

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  • Relaxed at the beach in North Carolina

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  • Summer workdays at mommy’s school

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  • Celebrated at a local winery

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  • Redeemed free birthday coupons

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  • Lots and LOTS of outside time – bubbles, sprinklers, water table, cutting the grass, playing on his swingset, planting flowers, going on walks, etc.!

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  • Swimming at the pool

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  • Frozen yogurt

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But despite all of our excursions, during the school year what I will miss the most are those precious moments where he asks me to “hold you, Mommy,” or to pick him up, or when he kisses my face over and over like it’s a game. Those moments where he says, “I love you, Mommy” that happen during the day, and the sweet things he whispers as he drifts off into his nap. Sometimes when I’m sitting with him in his room, watching him explore and play, I tear up seeing what I miss by sending him off to daycare.

I’m looking forward to my long maternity leave with both of my boys this fall. ❤

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