This summer is passing rather quickly! I have a lot to catch up on. Back in June Nate's parents came out for a visit and we spent time at the coast. In July we spent 10 days in Guatemala (and that was an awesome trip!), but now it's August and school will be starting before I know it! Here is just a small snapshot of some of the things we've been up to. I do fully intend to get post up about our June trip and July trip, but for now here are some random pictures from our summer.
At the end of June our wonderful neighbor Melissa moved. She's still in town and not far from us, but her brother sold the house next door where she was staying and she had to find a new place. She was a wonderful neighbor to have and the kids miss seeing her. But Melissa did give the kids her "ball pit" (a small pool with a bunch of plastic balls). They love it! Although the balls do end up everywhere in the yard.
Swimming has been happening pretty much every day. They spend hours playing around in the water and drinking the water.
Our garden grew a ton while we were in Guatemala. All of us were quite surprised to see how big our plants had grown in 10 days. Sanaa's sunflower that she brought home from school earlier this spring turned out to be a giant one again!
Our pepper plants were quite big and had several peppers on them!
This is our acorn squash, yellow zucchini, and a cucumber plant (which is hard to see).
These plants are broccoli and cauliflower. There is also a tomato plant behind them but you can't see it.
S'mores! Our kids are so different. They love the idea of s'mores, but Sanaa will only eat the chocolate, Layla only ate the marshmallow, while Malakai nibbled on all of it. It worked out well for Sanaa and Layla since Sanaa got to eat Layla's chocolate and Layla got to eat Sanaa's marshmallow.
Sanaa has also discovered she can give her sister and brother piggy back rides. They love it!
Most days we also eat outside. The kids are too busy playing and love to eat outside. I don't mind since it keeps the crumbs out of the kitchen.
I snapped the picture of Malakai just as he was lowering himself. I caught him trying to climb up and over the brown part because Layla had. Forget using the doorway. That is apparently too much of a hassle.
Yesterday we drove up to Vancouver, WA for a birthday party. Some of our good friends moved up there a year ago so we don't get to see them as often as we'd like. They now have the best back yard for a slip n slide. They laid a huge tarp down their hill and the kids loved it! They spent a good two hours playing on it.