Thursday, October 4, 2018

September 2018

The beginning of September was all about settling into a good school routine...  I think we finally "hit our stride."  :)  Then we sort of capped off summer with a trip to Destin, which was definitely the hi-light of the month!  Pictures below!

Starting with a random one...  I love this picture of Eli (and Hank) reading in bed.  

On to Destin!  We spent a few days in Destin, Florida with Uncle Albert and Aunt Kathy.  We treasure these few days and love that it has become a September tradition (4th year now!)  

I LOVE the beach in Destin- white sand, turquoise water...  plunk me down under an umbrella with a good book and I'm happy for days!  :)  We enjoyed lots of swimming, boogie boarding, snorkeling, ghost crab hunting, sand castle building, seafood eating, mini-golfing, game-playing, and even bumper-boating.  It was a perfect little vacation to end the summer.



Those three black dots in the water are Eric, Albert, and Eli snorkeling.  At this beach there were dolphins swimming and playing SUPER close to where we were.  It was so much fun to watch them!

Will you look at that water??  Unbelievable beauty.

Okay, enough of Destin.  :)  On to somewhere decidedly less beautiful...  the Texas State Fair!  :)  Eli's whole school had a mandatory field trip to the fair on opening day.  It was SO CROWDED, but we did have fun, and we capped off the day riding rides with Eli's closest friends.

And that rounds out September!  We have some fun plans for October and are excited for some COOLER temperatures hopefully heading our way!  :)  

Love to you all!

Monday, September 3, 2018

August 2018

Well, August is in the books!  As sad as we were to see the summer go, we're ready for the fall, too.  Here are a few pictures from last month, out of order as usual...

Eli finished up Dallas Mavs basketball camp.  We were so impressed with this camp and the coaches.  Eli learned a lot and had a blast, and we'll definitely be back next year.

We took the cousins (minus Jacey) for one last day at the wave pool.  

The night before, we had them over for a sleepover in a tent in our playroom.  :)

First day of FIFTH GRADE!  We are so proud of our 5th grader and excited for all that is in store for him this year at PCCS.

The night before school started we had a super surprising downpour of rain for a little bit- Eli took full advantage of the opportunity to play in the rain!  :)

(Out of order alert)  Eli in his Dallas Mavs jersey before camp one morning...

All the cousins!

Eli and one of his best school buddies, Kellan.

We went to Splash Kingdom with Victoria and her mom, as has become our tradition at the end of each summer.  These two have been friends since primer and always seem to just pick back up where they left off.  

Hank turned 4 and got a giant bone as a present.  :)

A boy and his dog. :)

Another back to school shot, backpack ready to go!

Eli started taking piano lessons this semester, and we hope that he loves it and sticks with it.  Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop are graciously letting him practice at their house.  :)

And that winds up August!  We have a fun long-weekend trip to Destin planned this month, and then after that we'll officially settle into fall.  :)  Love to you!!!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

July 2018

So apparently my new normal is out-of-order pictures.  Sorry!  :)  Here is a smattering of photos from our July, all out of order, but all indicative of the fun, relaxing, and quintessentially "summer" month we've had.  We're sad to see July go!

We went to Surf-n-Swim (wave pool) with Elizabeth and CJ one day at the beginning of the month.  I love that place so much because we used to go there as kids, and it's hardly changed a bit.

On the 4th of July we celebrated with family and some church friends, and we ended the night with sparklers in our back yard.

For the 4th, Eli and Timothy built their own game of corn hole- pretty impressive!

Lots of swimming and cannonballing has gone on this month!


Eric and Eli went fishing on the morning of the 4th.


We went back to Surf-N-Swim later in the month, but sadly the wave machine was broken that day, so it was essentially just a giant, warm swimming pool.  :)  The kids still had fun, though.

Snow-cones make even broken wave machines better.  :) 

Our sweet friend Holly Baker hosted a little group of us for a morning of swimming at her pool.

 Back to the sparklers...


Last weekend Kelly and I took the boys to Burger's Lake in Ft. Worth.  It's a big spring-fed pool that hasn't changed much since the 1970s.  :)  They have SUPER high diving boards (see Eli way up there??), slides, a trapeze...  it's just a really fun old-time-y "swimming hole," and the kids had a BLAST.

My dad's parents came to visit from Pennsylvania last week!  We so enjoyed our time with them and absolutely treasure the relationships we share.  We are looking forward to a visit from my mom's parents next month as well!

Back to the sparklers...

Burger's Lake...

 The boys picked a bunch of flowers in the park for their Great-Grandmom.  :)

And more sparklers...  (Are you tired of these yet?)  :)

The whole family, sadly minus Jonathan (who was at work):

The group of kids at Holly's (Eli, Kelly's boys, and the Howards):

Hank's special summer treat. :)

 Burger's Lake:

 The trapeze at Burger's Lake (See Eli out there?):

 More Burger's Lake (premium snack bar foods):  :)

Sprinklers with the cousins...

 Eli is in Dallas Mavericks Hoop Camp this week, and he's having a BLAST.  This is a terrible picture, but here it is anyway.  :)  There are maybe 75ish kids in the camp, and it's been a great experience for Eli.  He goes every day all day and comes home exhausted but happy!  :)

 And I think that about does it for July!  We are enjoying these last days of summer before school starts and are sad to see summer end.  It's been a good one!  Love to you all!