Gretchen’s Summer Recap

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Summer Highlights

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.  Psalm 51:12

Whew!  Where do I even begin?  We somehow managed to have a very busy, but still somewhat lazy summer.  I’m going to give it to you straight-my kids drove me to the brink of insanity at times, but there was laughter and fun in every single one of our days.  I’m thankful for the time that I had with them.  I’m thankful for the break from schedules and alarm clocks, and yes-even menu planning.  And now, I’m thankful for the return of structure.

Here is a peek at what our lazy summer days held:


I came home from our last MOPS meeting of the year and immediately got in bed.  I didn’t leave the bed for two days.  This was my first experience with the stomach bug that went through our house for six whole weeks.  Yes, you read that right.  For six weeks there was atleast two people puking in my house…yeah.


113We went on a family vacation to this lovely place with two of my favorite people in this world- my grandparents.  It was so great to step away and spend time with them!





When we were home we pretty much kept to our handy Summer Schedule.  There was lots of coloring, painting, sidewalk chalking, reading, and playing in our home.  To keep it real-there was also fighting and bad attitudes.  My kids were grounded from electronics for most of the summer.  At first it was pretty rough, but then something wonderful happened.  My oldest two started devouring their chapter books, and writing in their journals without me asking them to.  They played outside A LOT, and made some new friends just down the street.  The electronics have since returned in small doses, but I don’t hesitate to take them away if the fighting and attitudes pop back up.







Swimming and bike riding were definitely the main events around here.  We spent hours and hours at a few different pools and a couple different lakes.









I could easily upload a hundred pictures to this post and still not touch on all the fun we had.  If I could choose three words to describe the last three months they would be “quality family time.”  To me-that is summer perfection. 🙂

Thank you so much for your patience as we stepped back to take a breather and enjoy our families.  We have been refueled and are ready to jump back in!



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