Summer Fun – 2017

It’s so hard to believe it’s already August. My heart has been so full this summer as we’ve had countless adventures, trips and fun times with family and friends. I thought I’d share a little bit about what we’eve been up to. I’m giving you fair warning…this post is a long one. πŸ™‚

We kicked off Memorial Day weekend with a birthday party, a cookout in our backyard and lots of time splashing around the pool with friends.

bday party

pool 1

Pool 3

Pool 4

Pool 2

Remember my post back in January that hinted to some changes coming to our family this year? We were so happy this spring when Randy accepted a new job offer! This has been a long-time coming and something we’ve been praying about constantly. We we so grateful when the right job came open at just the right time. We took a leap of faith after him being at his previous company for over 7 years; change can be scary, but it’s been so worth it!

The hubby took some well-deserved time off in between both jobs and was nice enough to tackle a couple of home projects that have been on our list for years. The bushes in our front yard were overgrown and completely overpowering the house so those had to go. As it turns out, removing 20-year old bushes is a lot tougher than we thought so this took quite a bit of time, but the end result was worth it! This is how it looked before…


He then planted some new (smaller) bushes and a bunch of flowers. Once those were in, we spruced up our front porch a bit, too. We took down our porch swing and replaced it with rocking chairs, added a cute outdoor rug and some accessories which made the space feel welcoming and comfortable. We already use this porch way more than we used to!


He also used this time off to go on a youth mission trip with our church and for our mini-vacation to Asheville at the beginning of June.

Miss Penelope started swim lessons for the first time this summer…

Swim lessons

We had a visit from one of my oldest and dearest friends, Kara.

karaAfter that we had a VERY special visit from my sister, Ally and her fiance Casey! Penelope talks about Ally & Casey constantly; and she can’t mention one without the other which makes my heart burst. We had such a great time while they visited.

We took trips to the park.



And Casey taught Penelope how to catch raindrops on her tongue.

casey 2

We played in the backyard.


We visited the local petting zoo to pet and feed the animals.





And we even managed to sneak away to one of our favorite restaurants in Durham for a kid-free night out!


The family fun continued the following weekend as Penelope and I hopped on a plane to visit my parents in Ohio for the July 4th holiday. Since Randy had just started his job, taking time off wasn’t in the cards for him so we decided to go solo. We typically drive to Ohio but since it was just the two of us (and she’s under 2 so we didn’t have to buy her a ticket…) I took her on her first flight. She rocked it!



Penelope loved running wild in my parent’s house chasing their dog Nike and exploring every room, closet and cabinet door she could open.


We visited the Columbus Zoo (which is amazing!!).


And we visited the local splash pad.



Needless to say, Penelope had a blast being spoiled by her grandma and grandpa!


We started a new tradition in our house called “Papa & Penelope Saturdays.” With Randy’s new job, he doesn’t get to see Penelope as much during the week (he leaves right after she wakes up and gets home a little later now) so some Saturday mornings he takes P out for a fun activity! Sometimes it’s breakfast and playtime at Chick-fil-A, sometimes it’s a trip to the trampoline park or a trip to the museum. No matter what, they always have a great time and I get a few minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee while watching my favorite cooking shows. Everyone wins!


As you can see, it’s been a fun-filled summer! As we wrap up the next few weeks we look forward to more splashes at the pool, lots more family time and celebrating Miss P’s second birthday. I hope your summer has been as great as ours!


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