July 6, 2014

Photo Dump: My Summer So Far

Somewhere in my blog stalking today, I came across the Big Time Blogging Challenge. While I certainly won't participate every day, I'm keeping the July calendar as a reference and inspiration. Today's goal is post about what we've been doing this summer, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity for a photo dump!

Of course, I started with this past weekend, which I spent with hardly any plans at the request of the boyfriend. Something about working 12+ hours in one day wore him out for the whole week, so he asked me not to fill our weekend with plans. So, I didn't.... and I was bored! Our 4th of July was very laid back and included a picnic in the park with my brother and his girlfriend. He then took me to a secret parking lot from which we could see fireworks and hear the music from the high school a few miles away. It was pretty perfect!

Last weekend, we went to a family BBQ with some of our old neighbors. I met a lot of people in that subdivision, but these three girls have remained my friends through distance and time. It was super fun to get some baby snuggles and catch up on life over burgers and hotdogs. I LOVE these ladies!!!

The weekend prior was my friend Jon's birthday. Jon (in purple) and Matt (in green) were two of my very good friends in college. As you can see from our HUGE smiles, we had a blast at this party, which was held at a bar called sidetracks in Boys' Town. On Sunday nights, they do Showtunes, which means there's a huge montage of musical tracks, which they play on every TV in the bar. And let me tell you, you haven't lived until you've watched 200+ grizzly gay men belt it out to the Frozen soundtrack!

This little princess is our niece Aniya (technically, Joel's niece, but I claim her too). I've been babysitting this little bundle of joy a day or two each week to help Joel's sister as she starts her new job. We've been playing with the dogs, going for walks, making music with old popcorn tins, and we even had a shopping date with my friend Jen last week. She's the easiest, cutest baby in the world... except for her blowout diaper. I don't want to talk about that one!

These little munchkins belong to my college roommate, Amy, and I absolutely fell in love with them when their family came to visit in June. This isn't hard to imagine since their mama was my other half in college. We seriously did EVERYTHING together, and I loved every minute! Amy is a twin herself, so it was a total surprise when she told me she was having a set herself. Claire and Amelia are as sweet as can be, and I loved that they had zero stranger danger, which meant I got to hold them and feed them and play with them all day long. We actually got to spend two days together, which was AMAZING! I haven't seen Amy since her wedding two years ago, so it was such a special treat to be able to catch up!

Joel is a big outdoors guy, and as much as I'm not (Unless I'm in a pool, of course. I hate the hot, humidity, and bugs), I try to appease him when the weather is tolerable. We've been taking our pups on some walks (and the kids in the neighborhood love to join us for this), and he likes to visit the local parks and walk along the river that goes through town. As much as I hate to admit it, it's good for me (but not my allergies) to get out of the air conditioning from time to time and enjoy nature!

What about you? What have you been doing this summer? If you post about it, link up with Big Time Literacy


  1. I loved reading about all of your sweet friends and your fun laid back summer! I seriously need to witness the version of Frozen you're speaking of!!!

    Short and Sassy Teacher

  2. So Boys' Town sounds like a BLAST!!!!! Glad you had a fun weekend!

  3. I'm loving all of your pictures and adventures. I want to go everywhere with you...just not outside where it's hot and there are bugs. I also want to go to Boys Town. I imagine I would have a blast there! Aniya is SO cute and so are those precious little twins. I don't do diapers...yuck!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'