camping and ocean dancing and lots of dressing up: what we did with our summer

So, summer’s officially over…

I’d be sad, but really, I’m just tremendously thankful for the greatness it was, and looking forward to a beautiful fall! ย We were lucky to travel a bit and do some camping, and spent some deeply satisfying family time together.

So here it is, in first-day-of-school-essay fashion: what we did on our summer vacation…

We slept here…

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and here…

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and here…

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and here…

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and here!

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This wild one made it to the top of our tree for the first time, and this wild one made it farther than ever on the Scioto Audubon climbing wall.

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There was LOTS of dancing!

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And plenty of tattooing.

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We threw the kids around quite a bit.

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We ate here…

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and here…

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and here.

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We went on a pirate ship and defeated “Stinky Pete.”

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We had awesome fun with the little things, and enjoyed more than one rainy day.

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We witnessed a random zombie walk.

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Had ice cream.

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And had an ice-cream induced zombie moment.

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We were passionate explorers of the big, wide world.

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Komodo dragon visited komodo dragon.

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The girls learned how to blow bubbles with their straws.

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We spent a lot of time in the car (prepared for the worst, and were pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t completely horrible!).

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There was lots and lots of dressing up.

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And quite a bit of reading.

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This one learned some new tricks.

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And suffered a few bruises and cuts.

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This one saw new things.

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Some really wonderful artwork was created (good Lord, do I love the belly buttons!).

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The kids finally got their licenses.

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We ooo-ed and ah-ed over some tremendous fireworks.

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And had some truly happy fireside evenings.

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It was a glorious, happy summer full of new experiences for all of us.

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And I’m forever grateful to get to relive these memories through our pictures! ย Thank you, camera!

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  1. oh wow – looks like you had an amazing summer. some really beautiful memories that im sure you’ll cherish as the kids get older. thanks for sharing – made me smile ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. These are amazing pictures-cutest family ever-stop throwing those kids around although must admit they seem to LOVE it! I was raving about the pictures and Kelsey said,I know right,it’s like she’s a professional photographer! Brat.

  3. love them all. you guys are such a cute family.

  4. These fun moments will be some of the greatest memories! Wonderful emotion and expressions.

  5. A great documentation of your summer. Thank you for sharing.

  6. You and your children are so full of joie de vivre – it’s wonderful to see

  7. I’m missing summer too. But loving this recap. So many incredible images. Love the dancing ones the best!

  8. ellen (care4tina - holland)

    Wonderfull pictures! It seems like a magazine and I wish ‘that I had a summer like this!’ Thanks for sharing.

    • thank you! i should have mentioned that every moment surely wasn’t grand! we had our fair share of screaming kids, bickering, and time-outs for all. but it comes down to the parts you want to focus on, huh? and the parts i remember are these:)

  9. These are all so fun!!

  10. These images are adorable! I especially love the one on the wooden bridge and the vertical shot up into the trees – it completely captures what being a little on is all about!

  11. Can I spend my summers with your fun family? Please? ๐Ÿ˜›

  12. What a great summer you had! Loooove this post.

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