Is it possible to cram most of my summer bucket list into one week? The answer is yes. Yes it is possible. Because I think we just did it.
Summer reading: Cold Sassy Tree
My casual style…bike tee, chambray shorts, and Keen Women’s Cortona Ballet Flat
Fuzzy iPhone shot – but the animals out enjoying a summer evening. Summers nights mean hanging out on our front porch and driveway.
Much needed pool time!! My favorite!
It wouldn’t be summer without photos of Dimitri throwing the kids in the pool – they LOVE this, begging him to do one more toss!
It took us a long time to convince her to go off the board. She did it last year – but for some reason it was something scary and new again.
She was telling Dimitri where to go to catch her.
This took awhile…
And she jumps!
The boys like to do funny jumps off the board:
These three…they are already getting their summer tan on.
Have I mention that we love the pool.
One last pool picture for this post. But it poses a very important question. Deflated soccer ball or pool helmet? I will let you decide.
Sometimes I am so jealous of the cat… summer napping when ever she wants to. (sigh)
This past week, Zooey had her last day at her daycare/preschool. She is off and away! Here are photos of her on her first day at 9 weeks old and her last day. Bittersweet for sure.
Found this one on Dimitri phone from the dance recital night. We were out to dinner after the recital and everyone was being silly. As the photographer I am generally not comfortable on the other side of the lens. I am working on this. Is it just me…with social media I feel this pressure to look really put together in every photo that goes up online. But in real life – I am pretty natural, low maintenance type of gal.
Summer mornings…we were waiting for sunshine that unfortunately never came.
But instead we got donuts with sprinkles, almost as good:
I took the kids to a nearby county park with a fishing/swimming pond. The kids wanted to look for frogs. But ended up wading in the water and playing in the sand.
Ethan made a giant hole that he was proud of because he could stick almost his entire arm down it.
Sometimes I shoot with my iPhone.
Sometimes I shoot with my Canon EOS 60D . This day was perfect for it. The lack of sunshine actually provided for the best photo taking opportunities.
Greek Fest 2015. Dimitri and I tag-teamed working the bar most of the weekend.
The kids tried to keep themselves entertained, but ended up running around getting into things with their friends:
Friday night while Dimitri was working Greek Fest I was keeping the kids entertained at the playground across the street from our church.
I laughed when I realized my Greek-Irish child wore his Irish shirt to Greek Fest. Way to represent both sides Owen!
Saturday we tried something new..
Our first organized bike ride that we have participated in!
For the most part it was good! We rode from Iowa into South Dakota and made it about 13 miles of a 25 mile ride.
But then Dimitri got a flat tire and we had to call for help!
We have old bikes..and they are mountain bikes that aren’t made for this type of riding. But we had fun! And have a goal to get out on our bikes more – and eventually upgrade to more of a road bike or a hybrid.
Last night we went to an outdoor concert! The last few summers we’ve made a point to go to the Stir Cove to see a show. This year we were excited to see Colin Hay, Violent Femmes, and Barenaked ladies. It wasn’t until the ride to Council Bluffs that I realized that we might be getting a little wet at the concert. I didn’t pack the ponchos.
You might be able to tell from my hair the humidity in the air…a storm was brewing!
And then as the Barenaked Ladies were playing…it started raining…and the show went on – wet but on. Suddenly the wind picked up and the lighting flashed, the thunder rumbled right over our heads and the sky opened up and sheets of rain came down. They called off the concert and we all made a mad dash…but not without getting soaked. I had a few bags of old clothes that I had been meaning to drop at the Junior League Discovery shop to donate in the back of my car, so we changed in the parking garage. Our clothes were so wet could wring them out. I changed into pretty sun dress and Dimitri a work shirt and his boxers – and that’s how we made the 1.5 hour trip back home (not pictured). HA! That’s a story we will never forget.
Here is a photo of us soaking wet – after we made to shelter in the parking garage.
And today was the first day of summer school/camp for the kids. Zooey was nervous, Owen was nervous, and Ethan was mad because he thinks kids going into 5th grade should be able to stay home during the summer. (eek!)
Oh I am sure there is more on our summer bucket list…more pool, more s’mores, more bike rides! We also have some camping trips planned, more outdoor concerts, more outdoor movies, and birthday parties… July beings birthday season around here.
Love, love, love summer. It’s the best.