1. We slept.
Let me tell you a little something about this sweet face. Aaron turned two on June 21, and on that day he decided he was going to start sleeping like a normal human being. That's right-- two solid years of sleep deprivation over here. Sure, we had our occasional breaks (one lasted FOUR WHOLE DAYS!) but for the most part, this stink pot was up 2-3 times a night, and I was definitely going crazy. That is not to mention this other stink pot:
For whom nightmares have plagued us for the last year or so. But this summer, by a miraculous act of God, we have slept. And I haven't taken a single night of it for granted.
2. I "worked".
If you can call hanging out with super fun and motivated kids and helping them write creatively "work". Teaching this summer was a joy on a million levels, and I loved every minute of it. I blogged about it here.
3. We played.
In the last three years of at-home momhood, I've felt fairly chained to the house for naps, meals, and various other anxiety-ridden baby activities. Not this summer. Here are some of my favorite outings:
The splash pad. Whoever thought of this concept is a genius.
The community pool. This was the first year I've been able to go and actually enjoy myself. Not in a relax-with-a-book kind of way, but in a my-kids-are-so-much-more-independant kind of way.
Lake Harriet. Aaron's favorite summer activity is throwing rocks into bodies of water. He's quite talented at it.
Playgrounds. Lots of playgrounds. Hardly any rocks were consumed.
4. I joined a CSA.
I have wanted to join a CSA for years, but this year I finally gave it a shot and shared with a friend. Best decision ever! I'll blog more about this later.
Fresh eggs! Every week!
5. We vacationed.
I already talked about our Dirty Dancing vacation, which was awesome. But last weekend we went to SoCal for my beautiful, wonderful cousin's wedding. Here we are, investigating the Pacific Ocean (which Anna kept calling Lake Harriet):
Anna reaped the benefits of her first pinata:
And throughout all the chaos of the weekend, I was so grateful for a chance to catch up with family I all-too-rarely see.
Grateful, grateful, grateful for a great summer!