being summer 2012. {week 1}


Once upon a time, I was a scrapbooker… a pretty good one, if I do say so myself! But, then I became a mom to two kids and scrapbooking fell by the wayside (along with my sanity). All of my supplies have been tucked away in our basement since — moving with us from house to house over the years — left untouched in hopes that I’d jump back on the scrapbooking bandwagon again someday. Since I’ve pretty much resigned to the fact that it’s not going to happen (and that I’ll likely make scrapbooks online from here on out if I do), I thought it would be fun to pull it all out for the kids to play with.

Little did I realize that I had SO. MUCH. STUFF. So, as they played and created, I started to organize — tossing used pieces of paper and duplicate photos, putting stickers in like piles and cleaning out the old tower that was literally filthy from sitting in a closet for so long. But, everything is neatly organized and filed away now, ready for the girls to use at a whim. And the best part is that I can enjoy seeing them use it, rather than harbor the guilt over no longer being a scrapbooker. Well, the extra closet space downstairs isn’t so bad either. Day one of summer — a crafting success!


Despite the rain, we headed to the zoo today, because dammit, it was Zoo Day and we weren’t going to let a little rain hold us back. It turns out that rainy days are actually great days to visit the zoo — yes, you may come home with kids who have soaked pant legs from jumping in puddles and you have to juggle coats and hats and other rain accessories, but rainy days keep the tourists away! We spent most of the time playing with the penguins and eating lunch with the meerkats… and hanging out with our neighbors and some new friends too.


The sun is finally shining and we met Whit and Baby Mason at Green Lake this morning. The girl rode scooters (Janie nearly got in a collision with a very speedy rollerblader) and despite a bit of whining and a toddler who didn’t like being in the stroller, we made it all three-miles around the lake. The reward? Slurpees on the way home!


I had to work today, so our nanny took over baking day with the kids. They made this recipe, found on Pinterest, of course, and I have to say that it turned out very very yummy. I may or may not have hidden an extra one in the cupboard before dinner so that I could eat it after the kids went to bed. I have no regrets about doing so. YUM. Also, Nanny K, which I will call her here as not to reveal her name unnecessarily so that you can’t steal my children, cleaned up after the baking project. I totally love baking when someone else cleans up.


Friday was a quiet day — we were all tired and I hit up some housework while the kids relaxed. Josh was brewing in the evening, so I took the kids to U.Village for dinner, to pick up a couple of gifts and to run off some energy before bedtime… and to get out of Josh’s hair. I fully admit that I love Fridays that are on the quiet side and I think that they make for better weekends — the kids kick off the weekend rested, instead of exhausted and spending Friday at home usually means I am more caught up on housework and work, which always makes things better!


We threw together a little last-minute BBQ on Saturday with some dear friends and some dear neighbors (as seen above, climbing over the fence, which is how we get to each others homes). Josh made sliders on his new charcoal grill, the kids played their hearts out, there was a campfire-style Nirvana sing-a-long around our little fire pit, someone busted out the moonshine and we all poured ourselves into bed in the wee hours of the morning. Love those nights. And, from the looks of my kitchen and our backyard in the morning (I found a hatchet lodged in my flower garden…), I think we had a good time.


After we all finally recovered from Saturday night’s fun (well, nearly recovered, at least), we packed up and headed to our neighborhood swimming pool. We’re lucky enough to live only a few blocks away from one of Seattle’s two outdoor swimming pools and we love sneaking over there on Sunday evenings to swim. But, we were 30-minutes early, so what’s a family to do? Get ice cream, of course! The pool session wasn’t too bad either — we had to drag the kids out at the end of the evening, Janie went down the big slide for the first time, Meg can finally touch in the little pool and Ev went from holding on to me like a baby monkey to jumping off the side into the pool by the time we left.

Whew! What a first week! Think we can keep this pace up all summer long??? Tell me what you did last week…

2 Responses to “being summer 2012. {week 1}”

  1. Margot Says:

    Dang, you have energy, lady. Great first week! Did you get to the Great Wheel on Friday?

  2. Molly Says:

    Soumds like a great start to summer. Our highlights last week includes parks and story time at the library. Getting out of the house helps keep me sane!

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