Saturday, September 1, 2018

July and August Recap

I'm not sure quite how it's possible, but the months of July and August always seem to fly by so quickly! Why do some April days drag on, but the days of sunshine, tan lines, and vacations are gone in a blur? From family trips to soaking up some fun in the sun before we headed back to school, we've been pretty busy the last couple of months. Here's our July and August Recap!


July kicked off with a bang with a quick free visit to the zoo. Eli was SO much fun this time around- he truly loves animals and being outside so it was totally his jam. We had a really great 4th of July, where Eli stayed up late and watched the fireworks while pointing to the sky and saying his new favorite word. My parents were out of town for the fourth, so we even got an additional bonus 4th of July! (Hello, perks of living outside the city limits.) Then Aaron helped lead our church's Breakaway Sports Camp (like VBS), where Eli loved running around but was very confused why he couldn't be a part of the games with the big kids! Soon enough, buddy!


Lake Weekend

Shortly after VBS ended, we hauled our pontoon boat out to the Lake of the Ozarks for a relaxing lake weekend with friends. We stayed in their family's lake house, and it was so great just being able to hop on the boat and enjoy a relaxing ride whenever we wanted. There were plenty of hours of card games, discussions over yummy snacks, and lots of memorable moments- like a late night boat race back home to escape the pouring rain. Eli really loved feeling the wind in his hair and especially helping Daddy drive! We look forward to more future lake weekends with friends!

Family Trip to North Carolina

After coming home from the lake for just a couple of days, we flew off to North Carolina for an amazing family trip with Eli. Let's just say that Eli is a HUGE pail and shovel fan. I shared a pretty detailed recap with lots of fun photos and tips in a recent post, Visiting Southeastern North Carolina. Check it out here!


Trip to Hermann

We kicked off August with our last little getaway before it was back to reality. We'd been thinking about visiting Hermann for awhile, and the opportunity presented itself in the form of free Airbnb credit, a couple of free days on our calendar, and a willing babysitter in Grandma Kleinmeyer! We had a fabulous time just the two of us, and I shared all about it (along with gorgeous photos) in my post, Tips for a Getaway to Hermann.

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

Another last minute highlight of August was our first trip to Deanna Rose Farmstead in Overland Park. Eli was free and it only cost $2 each for Aaron and me. We had a lot of fun walking around, checking out the animals, and of course giving milk bottles to the goats. Eli was a little bit nervous, but it was actually really cool!

Settling Back Into It

From there, reality settled back in and we had to say goodbye to summer and hello to school. The time off is so incredible and I'm so grateful for it, but it made being without our baby that much harder after getting used to seeing him all day, every day! Not to mention, losing the ability to do whatever we wanted all the time and honestly forgetting what day it was! But now we're back into our world of teaching, cooking, cleaning, working out, and surviving the daily grind. I honestly have some pretty good kids this year at school, so I really can't complain.

Eli's 18 Months! 

I can't believe it, but our little man is a year and half old!! Where has the time gone? He honestly gets more and more fun with each month. He's saying probably around thirty different words at this point, including lots of choo choo, plane, milk, blocks, boat, french fries, doggie, papa, bubbles, and basically anything that he hears me say first. It's the most adorable thing and I love it! He still loves dancing, and runs circles around the house these days. I love when he chases me and then dives into my arms, when he pours cups of water on himself in the bathtub, and when he insists on putting his socks and shoes on so that he can go outside- his very favorite place to be. He's also incredibly cuddly and sweet before bed, and reading God Is Watching Over You before singing worship songs while rocking him is truly one of the very best parts of my day. He's acclimated back to his daycare situation like a champ, is still taking a three hour afternoon nap, and waves bye bye while saying see ya to basically everyone. He's FINALLY caught up a bunch in weight to more of the middle of the curve, and I swear he's grown more every time I see him. I honestly can't even believe how much I love him- being his mama is the best!

That's our months in a nutshell. Thanks for hanging with us. Let's do this fall!



  1. You have such a cute family! I'm so glad I found your blog so I can keep up with your family now. It sounds like you had a busy past couple of months. This post just inspired me to get out of my house more haha. It looks like you're really embracing and living life to the fullest, which is something I'd like to do more.

  2. I love all the family pictures. Your son is adorable. It looks like you squeezed in a ton of fun stuff these last 2 months of summer. My kids go back to school tomorrow...I still really can't believe it.

  3. It sounds like you've had such a great summer!! I love seeing your family's adventures :) and Eli is getting so big!!

  4. What a fun two months you've had! Super jealous of all the animals you saw. I need to go to the zoo ASAP!

  5. Aw, your family trips made me nostalgic for when my extended family used to do camping and beach trips together. Do you and your husband both teach? Which grades? I'm a teacher too...kindergarten! Have a great year!


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