Super Summer!

I haven’t posted in a while and usually I don’t have a real valid excuse for doing so but this time I swear I do….our family has had a most enjoyable summer so far!  I have to say it has been one of our best summers by far and there is still so much left to do as it comes to a close in just a few short weeks.  I figured I’d pop on the blog and give a little synopsis of what we’ve been up to over the last several months.

As you could tell by my last post the summer kicked off with a crazy T-Ball schedule because Jacob was playing on two different teams.  I can honestly say that despite our worry that it would be too much Jacob did amazing and seems to have loved every single minute of it – there was not a single time when he cried or begged us not to go to T-Ball which to me equals success!  He got trophies, medals, and pictures from both leagues and it looks like we’re going to have to start him a little shelf in his room to keep track of all the fun little things he earns through his extra curricular activities!

In July we enjoyed lots of time at the splash pad, various parks, and trips to our local swimming pool which the kids just love every single time we get to do it – we’re still enjoy these activities in the month of August and will probably take advantage of them in the days and weeks to come.  Around my birthday in July we celebrated my birthday and Canada Day by setting off our own fireworks in collaboration with a couple of other families in our neighbourhood; the kids really got a kick out of it and Jacob especially enjoyed the sparklers!

This summer Jacob really learned how to ride a bike and although he struggled at first…it only took a couple of tries before he was off and riding with the other boys in our neighbourhood!  GO JACOB!  We have a tricycle for Violet but so far she has failed to master how to make the pedals work but she tries – mostly she just loves being pushed around by Mommy or Daddy. During the T-Ball season Daddy also took advantage of his bicycle and made the 5 KM bike ride all the way to T-Ball with the kids in the bike trailer – the kids of course loved it!

At the end of July we all loaded up in Nana and Papa’s van with the camper in tow for a week-long vacation in Pennsylvania!  The kids were excellent in the car for the 4.5 hour drive and we had a totally wonderful time!  Our campsite was located right in front of the park and swimming pool so the kids had constant entertainment and I swear we spent most of the time in the water! Mike and I really enjoyed spending the time with my mom and her husband and the kids seemed to enjoy it too!  We got to go on a nice long hike through the woods and one day Mike and I got to venture out for some time at the outlet mall without the children!  On the second to last day we decided to head to New York for more shopping opportunities so we loaded everything up and drove to New York and spent the night in a hotel…which the kids thought was super cool!  What can I say…we are just such a super cool family!!

We also got to spend a lot of time as a family doing other things such as seeing movies like The Smurfs and Cars 2 as well as going with the T-Ball teams to see the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre!  We spent countless hours and days at our local swimming pool and at the end of the summer Jacob got to take a 2 week intensive swimming class where he swam 5 days a week for 2 weeks – we were so proud when he passed on to level 4 after his first try at level 3!  Go Jacob!  The kids were also stoked to have a sleepover at Nana and Papas house which worked out fantastic and allowed the hubby and I to get some much-needed time alone!  How I could I forget the countless hours spent at the library this summer?  The kids adored every moment and got to take out some books – I think Daddy really enjoys it also!

As the summer started to wind down we were off to Wasaga Beach for a day to Celebrate the life of our beloved Aunt Debbie who passed away from Leukemia this past winter – the weather did not cooperate but we still managed to have a great time with our family and truly felt the love of Aunt Debbie present with us all.

The grand finale we were off with Nana, Papa and our dear friends Kara and Liam to the Canadian National Exhibition which is my son’s favourite part of the year!  There is nothing else that he remembers from past summers aside from the annual trip to the C.N.E and it’s something I’m hoping to continue as the years continue!