With my parents and Matts' having pools we spend a lot of time swimming. Thankfully Levi has gotten much better in the pool and will swim with just floaties. At the beginning of the summer, he wouldn't get in unless we were holding him.
I got this blow up pool on clearance at Aldi for $25! Grace bought it for her girls and my boys fell in love with it at her house, so we had to get one. It's nice because I can have one end really shallow for Noah, and the other end "deep" for Levi to swim in.
And this sweet girl. Oh Halle (or Cally as Levi STILL calls her). She is so adorable. We have all loved Angie being off this summer and getting to spend time with them so much. But it makes it hard realizing we won't get to see them as much with school starting (in 2 weeks). (Angie is a teacher if I haven't mentioned that).
Our best friends Ben and Cally visited from Birmingham with AG and baby Hope. We have missed them SO much and it was so nice to get to spend time with them. We went to the Chattanooga Choo Choo, the Terminal to eat, rode the carousel in Coolidge Park and got ice cream at Clumpies. They got to see our house and a good "sampling" of Chattanooga. And the two best buds EVER got to spend time together again.
We went with Beth and her boys to the splash pad in Dalton one week, and the one in Chattanooga the next. Beth is another teacher we have enjoyed getting to spend extra time with in the summer. Thankfully we all have a lot of birthday parties coming up in our family where we will get to see her and her boys. We loved both splash pads (we as in Levi. Noah wasn't a fan) and are praying for one here in Ringgold. We would use it all the time if we could get one!
Matt and I decided to complete ONE project this summer and it was to redo this table he had bought me for my birthday three years ago off Craigslist. We had meant to do this right when we bought it, then we had two kids. When we first started this we were so excited we weren't thinking and sanded the first third of the table INSIDE. As in, our whole house was coated in sawdust. But it did inspire me to mop and dust every surface, so that's good. I guess?
The next morning we got to thinking and moved it out to our "outbuilding" as Matt calls it. I call it a barn. It's a workshop. We finished sanding out there and got to sanding and painting. It took three coats of stain on the top (Minwax red mahogany) and four coats of white paint on the bottom. We then put three coats of polyurethane on the top and one on the bottom. We will probably put another coat or two on the top, these boys are rough on the table.
The finished project. The right is how we use it, without the leaf in it. We also got new chairs to go with it.
Lots of time at the playground.
We are wearing OUT our membership at the zoo (and the free carousel rides that come with it).
Whenever we go to EarthFare (about once a week), this is the highlight of Levi's day, pushing around the kiddie cart. He will bring whatever toys he has in the van in with him and push them around. Then everything I pick up to buy he says "Will you put that in my buggy mommy?" Adorable.
Such a sweet, typical picture. I hope Levi and Noah (and Halle) grow up realizing how wonderful their aunts and uncle are. Every time we go over to mom's, or they come here, all the aunts and Luke shower my boys with love and attention.
Our daily ritual. After naps we all go outside and have a superhero popsicle. It's the popsicles I found at the store that are Ironman, Captain America, and Hulk. Noah has sort of figured out how to eat a popsicle (really he just keeps dropping it and picking it up, gross) while this is the best part of Levi's day.
We have spent a lot of time with Cora and Elinor, the boys' cousins. At their house, our house, the playground, zoo, wherever we can go together. I love seeing all four of them growing up together.
Noah wearing Levi's Batman utility belt. Just so cute!
At Aldi on our bi-weekly trip. I was putting that shirt on Noah, and Levi threw a fit saying that was HIS shirt. Lo and behold, I showed Levi how they BOTH have the same shirt and he wanted to match. Awwww...
Doing our daily "school." That is M, our neighbor/stray child in the picture. This situation deserves a bunch of posts. Where is the line? I want to love her well, show her what a stable, loving family is like, but the girl would eat (and does most days) all three meals at our house and comments every day on how she would like to "just sleep at your house for a night, I think it would be fun."
That is a lot of what our summer has looked like. Hopefully I will be better about blogging. Ha!