The great big summer post

I didn’t get to share our personal pictures from the summer on here yet, so here they are. Almost 3 months squished down into one post of some of my favorite memories.

This girl. She did her very best to keep up with her sisters. She has NO fear. She runs into the pool. Seriously. Like right off the edge. (We don’t let go of her for this reason and she wears a puddle jumper every second we are out there). She is going to be my wild one. This I am sure of.  Good thing she is so cute.



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Then there is our little mellow Brayden, who got to experience his first 4th of July. He’s just thrilled can’t you tell? Megan & Ryan got an easy one this time around. He is just a happy baby boy. Love this nephew of mine!20130704-RA6A3727

The La Verne 4th of July parade is always one of the highlights of summer for us. I love our little town. 20130704-RA6A3757 20130704-RA6A3799 20130704-RA6A3876

Sophia learned how to read towards the end of kindergarten, and by summer she was reading chapter books, or anything else she could get her hands on, nonstop. This was at the firework show. Hundreds of people, a loud band, dancing, and she can tune it all out. She is in her own little world with a book in her hands. I love it.


Sophia, Madison & Aubrey were escorted by their daddies to a very fancy Princess Prom. They thought this was the best night ever, danced their little hearts out and are still talking about it. What a special night for them!

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We vacationed to San Diego for 5 days and got to visit with some really great friends while we were there. We stayed at an awesome resort (La Costa – highly recommend it!), swam, roasted marshmellows, went to the zoo, won a little cash at the horse races, and got some time in at the beach for pictures.20130727-RA6A8177 20130727-RA6A8186-Edit 20130727-RA6A8190 20130729-RA6A8291 20130729-RA6A8316 20130729-RA6A8350 20130729-RA6A8507 20130729-RA6A8621-Edit-Edit

How cool is this? Thank you Mel for chasing this down so we could watch and get some fun pictures! Thank you even more for not forcing me to go up in one! ha!20130730-RA6A8879 20130730-RA6A8893 20130731-RA6A8913 20130801-RA6A8980

If you know my dad you know just how happy this day made him. Teaching his grandkids the ropes. Jordan happens to be a natural at it and is still “reading” his racing form before bed. 20130801-RA6A8999

We celebrated Linley’s birthday at the zoo. She is two!! Her little sister will be here in the next few weeks, and I can’t wait to witness her birth  just like I got to see this beautiful girl arrive into the world!

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And just a few shots of the girls to document the end of summer. They are growing up way too fast. 20130804-RA6A9063-Edit-Edit 20130804-RA6A9200-Edit 20130804-RA6A9227-Edit

My mom put together a Back to School scavenger hunt for all the grandkids. She left clues all around her house, and the final clue led them to the playhouse in their backyard where all their school supplies were hiding. She even included Hannah & Jordan, making them their own special little baskets. Yes, we know how lucky we are to have her! Seriously, this deserves a post all in it’s own, but here are just a few from that day.

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The first day of school this year! My big kindergartner and first grader! Hannah is lost without them, but we are slowly adjusting. It’s by no means a “quiet” house without them (see Hannah’s pictures above) but it is definitely strange only having one home with me in the mornings! 20130819-RA6A2254-Edit

And now we roll into fall! I hope at least. This summer heat has been TOO much! I am ready for fall leaves, pumpkin candles & chili in the crockpot!

Goodbye Summer!!


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