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Summer recap

Since I haven’t posted on what we’ve been up to lately, I thought I would do a recap of our busy summer and revisit our Summer Bucket List.

June:  Most of June was spent at home with lots of visitors.  In late May and early June, my mom came out and so did Tim’s dad and Sue and Mary to celebrate Avery’s birthday.  It was a fun celebration.  We mostly just hung out here, as Micah was only about 2 weeks old.  Avery’s big thing was that everyone should wear party hats for her birthday, which everyone was a great sport about.  We mostly just hung out, ate some cake and played outside.  My mom was able to come out again with my sister Katie a few weeks after Avery’s birthday…it was a huge help to me with Avery and Micah.  Avers initally wasn’t Micah’s biggest fan…she was known to say “Bye, Addisyn” (her friend Brooklyn’s baby sister’s name) to him, signaling it was time to go.  She now loves him to pieces though, and often says “Hi Big Boy” or “Its okay Big Guy” to him.  One of her first questions when she wakes up in the morning now is usually, “Where’s Micah?”

Tim and the kiddos

July:  We had a very busy July, starting off with our annual 4th of July trip to Iowa City to stay at the Cottage with Tim’s family.  This year was special because we celebrated Papa White’s 70th Birthday.  Everyone had an awesome time eating good food, seeing family and friends and Avery had an awesome time this year playing with all of her cousins.  Her and Micah are the youngest cousins and the older ones really took care of her and played with and included her a lot.  It was really sweet to see.  She especially loved following her cousing Brayden around (although I’m not sure how he felt about it!) and playing with Aunt Mary and Ken’s dog, Millie (also not sure if Millie had ever met someone with more energy than her!)  She went to bed tired and happy every night.  Tim and his siblings also surprised Big Jim with a trip to Canada to go fishing, which they used to do as a family when they were younger.  After Big Jim realized that the trip was already planned and good to go, he was excited and his plotting and planning began.  We then went on an adventure with my family, leaving on July 8 and returning the 13th.  Yosemite National Park which Tim blogged about in an earlier post.  It was an amazing trip and we had a lot of fun, even traveling with a 2 year old and a newborn.  Micah did awesome on the 5 hour flight, and an antsy Avery did pretty well too all things considered.  We were able to see some beautiful sites and enjoy God’s creation…it really was majestic.  Tim and I also were able to go on a longer hike one morning while my parents offerred to watch the kiddos.  It was a fun time to be with family…one of the few times it happens now since we all have our own families and don’t live so close.  It was wonderful.

One of Avery's first ponytails

August:  At the beginning of August, we took the long drive back to Iowa again to stay with my family while Tim went on the Canadian fishing trip with his dad and siblings.  We had a lot of fun in DSM, and my Grandma Harriet was able to come out and spend a few days with us while we were there.  We did some shopping and relaxing and enjoyed the family and I really appreciated the help from my family while Tim was gone.  Tim wrote about his trip in a previous post.  We got back to Dayton on August 8 and started to settle into a routine for the first time since Micah was born.  We enjoyed what was left of the summer.  Avery loved playing outside in the water table again this year.  She loved ice cream and also discovered the deliciousness of ketchup.  She started talking this summer in full on sentences about things we didn’t even know she knew about.  She is truly a joy and her fun loving spirit is infectious.

Typical evening around the house

Here’s how we did on our Summer Bucket List:

First, a few trips:

  1. Yosemite with my fam
  2. 4th of July with Tim’s fam
  3. A week in DSM with my fam, while Tim is in Canada

Around our city:

  1. Listening to live music at our local outdoor mall…still might be time for this?
  2. Zoo
  3. Splash park
  4. Park
  5. Walk to local ice cream shop…Micah wasn’t really game for this one too often.
  6. Picnic (on our picnic table…not sure this counts:)
  7. Fly kite
  8. Running through sprinklers
  9. Attending a local festival (every city has one around here)…maybe next summer.
  10. S’mores over the fire pit
  11. Library
  12. Bubble maker

Personal goals:

  1. Start running again (and get back in shape/lose the baby weight)…half done, I guess I did “start”
  2. Sleep when I can??????
  3. Read a book…hahaha

Not too shabby considering how often we were here this summer, I suppose.  How did you do on your bucket list?


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  1. Nice work Jaym! This summer I feel like we left it all out on the proverbial field. We took every opportunity to spend time with people, and do the things, that matter to us the most. The highlights were the Yosemite-Katie’s-birthday-concert-Chicago-trip back-to-back-to-back bender of fun and Ryan’s bachelor party weekend. 🙂

    Speaking of things that matter, I love these blogs that you and Stacey do. 🙂

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