Friday, August 27, 2010

Where did it go?

Oh my....I can't believe next week is our last week of summer. Where in the world did it go??

School is just around the corner and I don't feel as though I accomplished anything over the summer. But when it comes down to it, our summer was busy. Between swim team, swim team and more swim team, Adalynn turning 3, a trip to Georgia, Camden turning 6, a trip to Indiana, farm trips every week, moving to a new house, and August being filled with football practice 5 nights a week, I guess you can say we were busy.

Add all of that to Adalynn being very sick last week (loosing about 10% of her body weight--a whopping 3 lbs), Camden ending up with croup, my eyes still being a mess (there is talk of me going to the NIH-National Institute of Health), and Broderick getting a hearing aid and I hope you will forgive my lack of blogging.

So, here are the promised pictures......

First off, the boys LOVED swim team...Broderick liked it a bit more than Camden. Camden liked the concept of spending 5 mornings a week in the pool, but didn't care too much for the idea of jumping off at the end of the pool and racing down the lane against other kids. Neither of them could swim when they joined swim team and by the end of the season they both could. Camden attempted to compete a few times, but his nerves got the best of him and he never did-notice the picture of him in tears at the end of the lane with his coach. Broderick ended up swimming competitively in freestyle, breast-stroke, and back-stroke. He even swam in a few relay races towards the end of the season. Adalynn did a great job watching her brothers swim. She was upset at the beginning and didn't understand why she couldn't swim, but by the end of the season she was just as happy digging in the dirt, catching bugs, and getting pedicures from one of the other swim team moms.

At the end of the season the boys both got certificates and ribbons as well as a pair of sweat/pajama pants with the swim team's name and mascot on them. Adalynn loved the end of season party because everyone was allowed to swim. Too bad it was super cold and by the time the awards were over and the sun went down, she was only able to stay in the water for a few minutes. When you have no body fat, you get cold REALLY fast and within a few minutes she was shivering and her lips were turning blue. I let John get in the water with the kids and I took the pictures. Brrrrr!!!!


We also spent a lot of time this summer (once each week) at the farm. We enjoyed picking our own organic produce and getting our share of the crop. Some of the items were already harvested and we just had to go into the barn and pick up our share, some of the items had to be picked each week. The kids enjoyed picking their own raspberries, tomatoes, beans, peas, peppers, herbs, and flowers. We were very pleased with the variety of produce we got each week and even more excited to try new things we wouldn't have otherwise. We even canned tomatoes, salsa, pepper jelly, and pickles using some of the items we got at the farm. Thank you to HouseParty for choosing me to host a Ball Fresh Taste canning party, supplying me with a water bath canner, jars, and lots of pectin and the opportunity to invite my friends over to enjoy canning with me! I LOVE HouseParty !!!!


And once again, Camden got lucky and had his birthday party somewhere other than home. Two years ago we were in the process of packing and moving from GA to PA so he got to have his party at the zoo, last year we were busy taking care of John's parents and going to way too many funerals so he had his birthday party at an Iron Pigs game, and finally this year we were in the process of moving and packing (again) and he had his birthday party at the pool. A pirate-pool party, complete with my attempt at a pirate ship cake and lots of time in the water. Even Aunt Jessica from Indiana came and had some fun with us! And, yes I know I still haven't sent thank  you notes (for Adalynn's or Camden's party) but they are coming, I PROMISE!!!

And as I was dumping all the photos off of the camera I realized that we haven't used the camera since we have moved. No pictures of football practice, no pictures of the new house, and no random summer pictures except for the ones taken with our phones (by the way, we both got iPhones and LOVE THEM!!!!) Hopefully I will soon figure out how to quickly and easily upload pictures from our phones to the blog, until then you can see them on facebook.

I hope you all had a great summer. I look forward to all of your comments telling me it is about time I updated....please let me know you were here.....we really enjoy knowing who reads our blog!


  1. Its about time you updated! ;) Reesie had fun waving to Broderick, Camden and Adalynn through the insurance office's window a couple weeks ago! We miss you..

  2. I'm here, I'M HERE!!! Please, your lack of blogging is nothing compared to mine! We're finally settling into our new normal. I'm no longer working at the toy store and Nick is working more than full time, in addition to doing photo shoots when they come up. It's always great to see all of your beautiful faces and read about your many activities and adventures! Here's to a great start at school for your boys, and Ella starts K!!! Take Care!

  3. No pictures of your Georgia trip?? How sad!!
    ~ Heather

  4. I am here too! Great pics, looks like you crammed a lot of fun in during your busy summer! The farm sounds super neat too. Looking forward to more pics! Hope the kids have a great school year!

  5. I always enjoy reading about your family! I think Adalynn has changed the most over the summer -- her hair looks darker and longer - so cute!!

  6. enjoy seeing what you all are up to...