We had an awesome and fast summer! Our intent was to have a summer planned with only minimal activities and that allowed the exciting spontaneity that is life with a toddler. While we did have several weekends where we flew by the seat of our pants, we ended up with a packed and fun-filled summer. This is by no means a complaint, but more a reflection as I look back on the quick few months that flew by. I sometimes wonder if we jam pack our summers because in Wyoming, it seems like we really only get a good three or four months. But, then I remember we like to take advantage of fun times with family and friends and I realize that busy summers would be a part of our lives no matter where we lived. Home improvements, family vacations, pool trips and much more filled our summer! Anyway, here is a quick little glimpse at some of the highlights!
We had the pleasure of having my mom with us for about three weeks in early summer. She helped with a TON of projects, spent lots of time with N, and enjoyed time with Seano and I in the evening and on the weekends.
Walk to the Falls
When the mountain snow melts, we have a beautiful waterfall and creek that runs full and fast less than five minutes from our home. It has a nice path for walking up to the big waterfall and areas for a picnic. I feel ashamed to say although it is so close to our home, we don’t make it every summer. But this year we did! Woo hoo!
Who doesn’t love a good fair in the summer? Although you can’t tell by his face in the photos below, N was really into the toddler sized rides and the funnel cake. By far, riding the ponies was his absolute favorite thing about the fair this year.
Our Iowa Trip
We try to make an Iowa trip to my parents every summer. There are so many people we love that live there and there are many special things we enjoy doing. This year our trip included lots of special things but in particular seeing my cousin Jon and his family, seeing Seano’s family and watching N play with his cousins, and a little day trip to one of my favorite places, Lake Okoboji. Oh also, N saw and caught lightening bugs for the first time!
Jon & His Girls
For several years of my childhood, Jon lived right next door to us. When I name people who have had the biggest influence on my life, he is near the top of my list. The last 10 years or so, we haven’t gotten much time together. He’d only briefly meant Seano at our wedding, he’d never meant N and I hadn’t gotten to see his girls grow up. He and his girls were visiting my aunt and uncle in Iowa the same time we were there, so we all got a couple of days together. It was AWESOME! He and N clicked instantly and were BFFs for the weekend and I can not say enough about what amazing girls he and his wife have raised. I wanted to bring them home with us! It was perfect!
Our Iowa Family
We get to see these guys a couple times a year, but this trip was a little different. N could actually play with his cousins and it was so stinking cute to watch them. I’m sure this will only get more and more fun over the years, well at least until they are all causing trouble together. Seano’s aunt and uncle were also there from Minneapolis and it was great to see them!
This lake is only about an hour from where I grew up in Iowa. It is also only about 15 minutes from where I was born which means I get to see another whole group of people I love. Joanie, one of our dearest family friends spent the day with us and gave N his first taste of cotton candy. He was hooked.
Our community holds a Balloon Roundup. While the roundup includes lots of activities, our favorite part of the weekend is waking up at a stupid hour, grabbing coffee and heading to watch the balloons take off.
We made a trip down to Denver with our families and some friends. This weekend was so great, and for me, one of my favorite parts of summer. While we had lots of activities like the zoo, water park, and aquarium planned, it was laid back and relaxing. I will let the photos speak for themselves.
A Little Camping Trip
This may go down as the worst camping trip in history. Seano and Daddy D went hunting on a Friday, and Chelse, the boys and I headed out to meet them after work. Only, we ran into about six hiccups on the way there so we were behind, Chelse and I fell asleep in the camper while we were putting the boys down about 9 pm and we didn’t even get to make s’mores, and we had to pack up and leave about 6:30 am because it was raining so hard we thought we might get stuck. Oh well, the less than 12 hours we were actually camping were fun!