Oh August, how I miss your lazy mornings, lack of routine, and lots of fun! They say August is the Sunday of summer and we held on to it with both hands before jumping back into school, an EARLY morning daily schedule and trying to find our new normal. I love fall but there is nothing quite like the enjoyment of the lazy days of summer...so let's reminisce shall we?
We did a whole lot of this and even though we snuggled many days away, I could bottle that up and do it forever. I would have a million children if they stayed newborns for a bit longer. Oh how I will miss this someday...but for now I am clinging on to it!
And of course I share on the cuddling action...
We also ventured back to the pool. Once I was given the all clear to be around pool water again, we found shady spots and made plans for playdates by the water :). Our favorite place to be on the humid days of Iowa Summers...we met our friends the L Family at their club pool and enjoyed dinner and swimming as families. We had a blast, thanks for the invite :)! The kids fell asleep on the way home, I call that a success...
...and more pool fun with the P family :)
My sweet Vera, she is a water baby for about 30 minutes and then loves to lay poolside with mama! She is perfectly content in her pool chair and towel...Lucy is also learning the poolside bathing beauty lifestyle too. She did sport her pint-size too cute for words tutu polka-dot swimsuit several times! I mean can you say squishy cuteness!!!!
Solon was a touch bummed there is no swim test to do the slides at the "old" pool but he goes way faster on dad's lap anyway. He will surely hit the height requirement next year. Solon could go over and over and over again, Scott was happy I could take him a couple of times, the 3 flights of stairs up is a good workout when you do the slide 20 times ;)!
Our 3 swimming sweeties :)
I mean...there are no words :)
Of course we had to see what Lucy thought one night and she just put her legs in and was content which is pretty much her personality unless she is hungry. She is very chill and goes with the flow...score third child, you earn kid of the year ;)!
Solon and Vera are best buds 95% of the time...they can come up with good fun together!
August also meant Cousin Camp at Nana and Papa's for the 4 oldest cousins. Solon and Vera had a blast visiting the local water park, going to the children museum, eating lots of kid choice options, playing in the mud (and I mean head to toe mud), and putting on shows, etc. They all decided on a date for next year, it's already on the calendar!
We timed cousin camp to end in time for a slumber party at our house, birthday party for papa, Solon and mommy and then a family trip to the state fair. This is our 2nd year going with cousins and several years going with Scott's parents. We have our favorite spots we ALWAYS stop by. We head to Little Hands on the Farm first, followed by the baby animal exhibit next door.
And of course then the agricultural building to see the butter cow, sip on honey lemonade and grab an egg on a stick (40,000 given away this year). Then we head over to the mini train exhibit, have a ceremonial beef sundae, slide down the giant slide and then go to the 4H building for the working exhibits. This year we saw the avenue of breeds, "biggest" things, got chocolate chip cookies and rounded out the day at the pork tent for dinner. We were all tuckered out by then!!!
Lucy learned how to smile in August and we all melted :)
My neighbors planned a fun water day and it was 64 degrees and windy so we turned it into relay races, obstacle courses and tug of war competitions. We all had fun and it felt like a fun way to usher in fall and wrap up summer...of course I took the chance to be a kid and even out the teams. I nearly crushed the other team but let the kid win...he would be scarred for life being beaten by a mom ;)!
We also enjoyed some beautiful park playdates with our besties...
...lazy afternoons watching TV when it was too HOT to be outside!
We also ventured to the school playground for several rounds of Ninja Warrior obstacle courses. Solon loves that show and we make up different obstacle courses for him to demonstrate his Ninja awesomeness!!! Vera joins in too of course!
We went shopping for kindergarten school supplies...
...and had a joint party for Solon and Vera at a local blow-up jump place! It was low stress for me and high on fun for the kids :)
Scott, Lucy and I headed to ISU for a wedding...Lucy was unimpressed with her future alma mater...it was warm so we will cut her some slack. It was a beautiful wedding for my college roomie, Sarah and her hubby Matt.
The neighborhood celebrated suriving the first 3 days of school with a visit from the Kona Ice Truck. You can serve up your own flavors...needless to say do you like ice with your syrup...it was sweet :). Did I mention we love our neighborhood? There is a house for sale, just sayin'.
...and as we ushered in back to school we checked off the last of our summer fun list! We just didn't make it to the zoo but that can be done some other time. We had a lot of fun this summer that's for sure!!!
We survived Lucy's 2 month appointment on 8/30/15 with 3 leg shots and an oral one. We learned she was tipping the scales at over 12 lbs...
And while big brother is away, we have had a few opportunities to have playdates with her friends. Little worship session going on...
I had the opportunity to join Solon in his kindergarten classroom to celebrate his special day and his birthday (late!). They did away with food treats so he took twistable pencils, he really wanted bouncy balls but I wasn't' sure his K teacher would like 24 balls bouncing around ;). He got to bring in a couple of pictures, a few of his favorite things (he took kitty and some legos) and I read one of his favorite books..."He Took My Ball" by Mo Willems.
...and the girls just hanging out. Someone is always all over Lucy. She normally smiles and cries when she is done with them all up in her business.
And the end of August meant football season and daddy reffing again which meant a return to Friday night slumber parties in mom and dad's room. When he gets home, he gets the pleasure of moving them all back to their rooms ;). It was after this slumber party we decided to upgrade our bed to a king but that happened in September!
We finished off August with the first ISU game -- more on that in another post!
As you can see August was busy and fun and with 30 pictures, a few captions and now a crying babe in my arms we will call that a wrap!