As a mother, I begin to worry that I am not making my kids summer as memorable as mine was when I was a kid.
I had great summers; full of awesome memories. Of course, my summer memories are different then what is safe for kids to do now.
I remember playing night games, riding my bike everywhere, walking uptown to buy penny candy, and swimming every. single. day.(My mom would drop us off at the pool and then come back and get us.)
I have been especially worried this summer. It has been so crazy, and now that we are starting to settle in in PA; I am wondering if we have done anything great this summer.
So I went back through my pictures. That is why I photograph everything. I blog so that I can remember memories and thoughts.
My pictures were full of moments that we had during our 5 weeks in Utah. It really seems like a lifetime ago. I almost forgot that we were even there for the first part of our summer. We only left 20 days ago. We have done so much since then; and my mind has been consumed with other things.
The kids had a great summer in Utah. …and so did I.
Here is a re-cap in pictures:
A hike to the Grotto:
this was a favorite of mine as a teenager.
The kids begged to go back.
I think they really enjoyed being in the canyon. We don’t live near many mountains remember?
It is the perfect hike for the kids.
A picnic for Ruby’s eighth month anniversary:
We took the kids to Ruby’s grave to have a picnic on the anniversary of Ruby’s passing.
Because our family missed her funeral, we were able to make her a promise and send it off in a balloon.
They did that at her funeral. It was nice for us to be a part of it.
Tessa now talks about Ruby every day.
She sent her a balloon to heaven to see Ruby and Jesus.
A surprise birthday party:
Since the kids all have birthdays in August(minus Tess), my parents through them a surprise birthday party.
Our family wanted to celebrate their birthdays with the kids this year.
(Jex and my Nana)
They were so surprised, and loved it.
I was in shock when I saw those numbers on the cake. Are my kids really that old?
It was fun for them to get presents, and have a party with family.
A fun trip to see our cousins in Logan:
We love Logan.
We love our cousins that live in Logan.
This was a great trip.
We enjoyed lots of playing, and spending time together.
This was the trip that helped me re-group, and start to feel like myself again.
The best part about our trip to Logan was when Jonathan woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me he was there. I was so shocked. He was supposed to be in AR working. He was able to come and see me for a few days. I really needed that. It was one of my all time favorite moments. I will always remember how I felt when he surprised me. We had the best time with him in UT.
….and because he came home, we got to spend Father’s Day with him.
which was awesome.
It was also nice to be able to spend it with our Grandpa’s. (wish I had a pic of Grandpa Jerald)
….thanks Utah for some great summer memories.
We hope to make some more here in PA.