Okay, so I know that summer technically isn’t over until some date I’m not bothering to Google, but for me, it ends when school starts. And that date is less than two weeks away.

It feels like this one’s absolutely flown by and we haven’t gotten to do a million things I planned for us. (In my head. Nobody else even knew about these plans. Gotta work on communication skills. THAT WAS ON THE LIST.) We didn’t go to a splash pad even one time. We never made it to the zoo. Never made it out to my friend’s lake cottage, too few playdates, too few grown up get togethers. I didn’t read as much as I wanted, I didn’t plant or tend to a lovely garden. BOO.

But, then I think about what we did do this summer and whoa.

  • Olivia had her first dance recital

    photo credit: S. Wright

    photo credit: S. Wright

  • We had an amazing birthday party for my big five year old girl and celebrated many others!
  • I refinished our kitchen table, painted a bathroom vanity, painted the rocking chairs on our porch, recovered outdoor pillows, painted our bedroom and hung curtains in there.

    photo credit and mad refinishing skillz: S. Wright

    photo credit and mad refinishing skillz: S. Wright

  • We went on an amazing vacation with great friends.

    photo credit: S. Wright

    photo credit: S. Wright

  • We went on another amazing vacation with many of our family members.

    photo credit: S. Wright

    photo credit: S. Wright

  • I learned that my family can survive an 11 hour car ride together.
  • I read five books.
  • We went to a farm.

    photo credit: S. Wright

    photo credit: S. Wright

  • We spent some QT with a friend who lives too far away, damnit.

    photo credit: S. Wright

    photo credit: S. Wright

  • We bought a new (to us) car.
  • We took walks on the airline trail near our house.

    photo credit: S. Wright

    photo credit: S. Wright

  • We found a snake in our yard.
  • We learned to stay away from snakes.
  • The girls learned to love swimming.
  • Audrey got bangs.

    photo credit: S. Wright

    photo credit: S. Wright

  • We played in the backyard, took walks around the neighborhood, and got a lot of mosquito bites.
  • Found a new series to binge watch with my husband.
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  • We made new friends.
  • I visited a vineyard with my besties.

    photo credit: S. Wright

    photo credit: S. Wright

  • We picked blueberries.

    photo credit: S. Wright

    photo credit: S. Wright

  • Went to camp and on field trips.

    photo credit: S. Wright

    photo credit: S. Wright

  • Endured many, many, bedtime stall tactics from my sweet Audrey.
    Audrey: One question. When I wake up after this nap can I have a squeezie and yogurt?
    Me: Yes. Good night.
    A: Great. Good night. WAIT. And a cookie? AND CHOCOLATE MILK???
    Me: Audrey.
    A: Knock, knock.
    Me: Audrey!
    A: Okay, I was just trickin you.
    ‪#‎audreybedtimestalltactics‬
  • Spent our first summer in our new house.

Not too shabby after all. Next up? Kindergarten and preschool!

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