+ Beach days with pals -- we've actually gone so much it makes me feel like we're getting our money's worth (mas o menos) with California's hellish cost of living.
+ Breezes cooling off the house in the evening.
+ Hopping over to the pools.
+ Hopping over even more to the park. Sunscreen was slathered, scooters brought along, moms sat under a tree on a blanket or stood in the shade of the park structure, and the kids were adorable. Jude has really gotten gutsy and independent and the park is not a chore to me anymore (most days). He doesn't need me to escort him up and down the structures like he used to, he goes up and down the ladders, steps, slides, and I just make sure he is playing nicely and not pushing anyone out of his way, and then I clap and get excited for him when he goes down the "wee" or slide.
+ Jude sleeping in just his diaper, and Graham sleeping in his sleeveless blanket-sleeping bag.
And now I'm ready to be done :). Sand in my car, sand in the stroller, sand in the shoes. Sweaty all the time and concerned about sunburns on the boys and Jude's ear tubes. I'll be excited again about summer next time it rolls around, but for now I welcome the break. Now Fall just needs to actually arrive.....
And now some mem'ries in photo version:
|A hug for Dad after playing in a fountain at an outdoor mall.|
|I'm sweating like a toasted cheeser!|
|Jude and his red scooter|
|Jude still has a belly button, FYI.|
|His idea to hold my hand while riding his scoot scoot to the park. Swooooooooon|
|Plotting all sort of mischievous deeds, one can only assume.|
|Pizza party to kick off summer in the neighborhood.|
|Love em both|
|Sometimes he holds my hand while I read him books. Honestly, it fills my heart with immeasurable joy.|
|Graham and Lyla's little brother Eli. I think these two are going to have a great time together, but for now they just sort of grab each other's faces.|
|Graham, the sunburn possibilities on your porcelain skin scare me a little.|
|My turn to wear Jude's hat. This hat got lost somewhere this summer.|
|2 Merzy feet and 1 Jeff foot|
|There's the omnipresent scooter + Beckham|
|As recent as last Christmas Jude would NE-VER have touched this slide with a 10 foot pole. Now it's his oyster.|
|4th of July at Baby Beach|
|Mom -- LET ME OUT!|
|Shocker -- they found trucks on another blanket and stole them.|
|Apples and tomatoes on the counter|
|Getting to work lining up cars and trucks, OCD style|
|I love him.|
|I love him too.|
|We started solids, much to Graham's delight.|
|It was all we could do to keep him from climbing in through an open window.|
|Dance Central with Cam and Kacie|
|Meeting BFF and Cousin Rower|
|$1 smoothies at Jamba Juice. I know being a kid can be rough, but really, I don't see any of it here.|
|Graham thinks Jude is 100% entertainment. Jude could sneeze and it would have his little brother in hysterical, gleeful laughter. They just love each other.|
Thanks, summer! You've been good to us! Now it's time for "pumpkin everything" season.