Tuesday, August 13, 2013

End of Summer

This has been a really fun summer.  We've spent very few days just hanging at home.  We've taken some day and weekend trips here and there, and have spent lots of time with friends.  Today is the very last day of summer vacation for the big boys, and it makes me sad.  I have enjoyed them so much this summer.  There have been times when I have been ready for school to start, but I think it's more I am ready for some routine. 
We had meet the teacher night last night.  I am grateful I have been involved with PTA in the past years, as I know the teachers all pretty well and all the boys seem to be comfortable in the school.  They've added on over the past two years and it is now a K-8 school.  Ethan has Mrs. Toomey, who is who Colton had.  She is so excited to have him in her class, and he is excited to be there!  It makes it easier on momma, also.  I'm having a hard time with him going to Kindergarten, I'm going to miss him so much.  And Colton has Mrs. Terry.  I don't know her as well yet, but she is very kind and really seems like a lot of fun.  I know her and Colton will get along great.  He is my people pleaser.  But it just doesn't seem like he's already a second grader.  I still remember him being so very little.  Time really does speed along.
I thought I would share some pictures from the summer today.  We didn't take tons, but more enjoyed the moments this year.  And there were many of them.  Having three running around my house sure livens things up!!
So here are a TON of picture, hang in there and enjoy.
 The boys gated off their toys from Simon.  This worked for one day.  The playroom is now Simon proof and the big boys have their toys with small pieces in their bedroom.
 Ethan told his daddy he wasn't tired.  I took this 10 minutes later. 
 We took the boys to 1984.  They had a blast, and so did mommy.
 Pretty sure Ethan played this game for half an hour.
 Look how big Simon is!!!
 In a smaller version, this looked like Colton.  I truly LOVE this picture!
(It is the first time I've ever seen much of a resemblance between E and C)
 Colton really believes he is 12 or so.  And loves to climb on top of every piece of playground equipment.
 Simon finding his way to the slide.
 Heart attack for grandma!  This has to be another of my favorites!  You can see Willy's shirt in the lower left corner.
 Our niece, Emily, came to spend the week with us.  We had a blast all week, and my house was even more full of life!  I enjoyed having a girl in the house. 
 Bounce house fun.
 Emily's first trip to a bounce place.  She thought it was the greatest thing in the world!
 Her and Snicker's were the best of friends.
 Simon has discovered toilet paper.  A couple of times now.  This was taken the first time.  Kid looks guilty.
Simon is loving every toy that rolls or has wheels now.  He spins in circles as he makes it go around him.

 My Three Amazing Boys!!!!!

 We take a family picture every year at the Fourth of July parade.
 Colton and Ethan hanging with the big boys.  Wow,  how they have grown!
 Colton climbing a pole. 
 Some of the crowd for the celebration.  We had so much fun.  And many of the scenes reminded me of the scene from The Sandlot.
 Love this grin!
 He crawled outside and thought he was pretty cool!
 His first time in the sand.  Wasn't too sure about it.
 These two are forever best friends.
Playing in the creek at the park.
 Water balloon fight with Daddy.

We have taken several trips to Silver Dollar City and a couple to White Water.  We don't even bring the camera half the time.  We've been to the park a ton, though the past couple of weeks, it has rained too much to go.  The boys have spent lots of time outside riding their bikes and swimming in the pool. 
I am sad to see summer go, and know I am going to miss the big boys so very much.  But the quiet will be nice at times, also.  It's just hard to believe that I will have two in school all day this year.  And it makes me so grateful for Simon.  He keeps me busy now that he is almost walking and exploring everything.

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