"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Summer from the Phone

I've got my Sugared Cinnamon candle lit beside me, am currently wearing my favorite new gray leggings and cozy blue sweater, and am enjoying the rainy cloudy Monday with open windows and plans for books and baths and Pottery Barn catalogs tonight. We are so enjoying Fall around here and are completely ignoring the forecast for 80's over the next five days. (Be gone with you, heat and humidity). But before I fill this space with pumpkins and leaves and football, a few more final images of summer to share... captured with by phone.

//Our final week at the old house, our final night in the big empty field across the street, our final night with our neighbor Bryce - playing catch and chasing fireflies in our pajamas after baseball. This picture right here is one of my favorites because there's so much sentiment behind it.

//The night before moving day. I should have been packing up and taping final boxes but I took the boys to the pool instead and watched as Brandon jumped into the deep end for the first time without someone there to catch him. And when we walked out at 8:00, there was a rainbow above us.

//Lots of firsts...

...waking up our first morning in the new house to find Jaden jumping on the trampoline in his pajamas...

...our first dinner as a family around our new dining table...

...the first tooth he pulled all by himself...

...puzzles after breakfast on the first day of summer...

...our first Friday night in the new home, feeling giddy and content and so happy after realizing how much the lightning bugs love our new backyard.

//Our housewarming gift to our boys: this trampoline that gets plenty of use and is always a gathering spot for friends and family.

//We love how close we are to the university and our easy access to all the good food and new shops on College Hill.

//VBS week in the midst of unpacking and baseball and golf. A wild June!

//My Waterloo Days' first lighted boat cruise. Hoping for more entries next year as it really was pretty!

//This backyard of ours. We love every square foot of it. Its privacy, its animals, its size and space, its invitation to all the people we love to come hang out as often as desired. God is so good to us here.

//Going into his room to wake him up one morning and finding him clutching his new Chewy cuddle buddy, fast asleep.

//UNI football camp, talks with coaches on the sidelines about Jaden's focus, determination and size... and an MVP award for our boy. Can you spot him? ;)

//Decorating our new space. It has been and continues to be a labor of love.

//Lucy's favorite spot and my favorite view -- and new windows that will be installed any day now!

//That summer sleepy that takes over before you can even help it.

//Re-landscaping our entire yard. Also a work in progress but it's so fun watching it all transform.

//Summer carnival nights...

...and boating days.

//Fresh hair cuts and slow Saturday mornings.

//A mid-week day at the water park and all those trips on the water coaster!

//A new little golfer in the family and putting practice in the four seasons room.

//Brotherly accidents and our first set of stitches and one tough little boy that wanted nothing but snuggles the entire day after.

//One-on-one breakfast dates before golf tournaments.

//Our first movie night in our new home. We introduced the boys to Jaws!

//Soccer/swim camp and updates from Uncle James that he did so well!

//Random visits from friends and family, ringing door bells, late nights around the fire or the TV and finally having a home that invites as many to gather as we'd like.

//A new hobby - evenings at the driving range.

//Cuddles before bed and how I love that they still sit side by side.

//A book library up the street and bike rides after dinner to exchange some stories.

//An old laundry shoot in the game closet and Brandon using it as a telephone to talk to Cody in the laundry room. ;)

//Poker night Sunday night!

//Special days with Papa Bob and Jaden's first trip in the convertible.

//Sometimes it's this simple. No time for anything other than pizza boxes on the front deck with paper towels and baseball hats. The boys loved it, and it's one of our favorite memories of our summer!

//Spreading out all our new loot and organizing our school supplies.

//A new BBQ stop in town and the owner's invite to the boys to scoop their own mac and cheese from the kitchen!

//New school playground equipment and that stormy sky in the background.

//My first soak in this tub.

//Backyard antics. I love my squirrels and our birds and our deer. But I'm sure thankful Cody trapped and released that hawk far from here. ;)

//Free cotton candy and a movie theater all to ourselves.

//A Bucks baseball night with friends and family and autographs and a chance to run the bases after dark.

//Cozy afternoons in the Tea Cellar.

//And here they go... basketball season returns!

//A short and sweet family getaway to roller coasters and wave pools and furniture shopping and lions and a pretty memorable eclipse!

//Final days of summer and the return of football.

That's a wrap! Bring on the cozy season!