Friday, July 18, 2014

Our Ordinary Summer Days

Since I am behind as usual, some of these pictures are over a month old.  Sigh.  But my OCD need for proper documentation of our lives must be satisfied.  These pictures tell the tale of some of our pretty ordinary summer days.

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Water Play ~ We used this little pool quite a bit in June but not so much anymore because the mosquitoes have taken over our backyard.  Sigh.

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Water gun fights are a must with boys.

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Brody prefers the water hose.

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Evan decided the little slide makes a nice lounge chair.

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Evan has been keeping up his studies practicing his reading, writing and math.  

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Brody has great naps after pool and water play.

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I have also been venturing more into the area of cooking making breakfast and lunch for the boys and I and dinner for our family.  I try to occasionally spice things up and made the boys and I mushroom and cheese omelets and homemade orange smoothies.  The boys weren't crazy about the smoothies because of the pulp, but they were really yummy to me.  
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Eating their omelets.
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This picture does not do this meal justice.  I think the flash on my phone camera messes it up.  It is a super yummy recipe for crock pot bacon wrapped apple chicken that I paired with our specialty recipe of oven roasted red potatoes with herbs.
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The boys are enjoying lots of play time together this summer.  Brody loves cooking for us all.

Pool Time!

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Daddy has been working on giving Evan diving lessons.  I have never been great at diving so I hope he progresses better.  I guess I can never just "let go" to dive in head first.

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Cool baby wearing big brother's shades.

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Summer Movies

So far we have seen The Smurfs 2, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, and The Lego Movie.  Evan and his Daddy also went to see the new Transformers movie and loved it.  Brody and I enjoyed our nap that day.

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We brought Evan's neighborhood friend, Alejandro, with us to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  They were being silly posing in front of movie posters.

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Now this is a movie our whole family will love.  We absolutely love all the Madagascar movies and also love the Penguins of Madagascar cartoon.  It is just so funny.  

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Evan was super excited to see the new Transformers movie with the Dinobots.
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Brody could eat a whole small popcorn by himself if we let him.
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I also broke out our ice cream maker and have made several flavors.  This butter pecan is probably our favorite.  We bought this Cuisinart Ice Cream maker with wedding gift money so it is about 11 years old.  We haven't used it nearly enough.
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The boys enjoyed getting some very rich chocolate cupcakes at Whole Foods.

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And messy too!

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After a big shopping trip to Super Target, Brody shows he is a Target shopper in training.  He filled a grocery bag with all his play food and put it in his shopping cart.  

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Zooming around the house with his shopping cart.  

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Future Target shopper.

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One night Brody decided his old potty seat made a great hat.  Oh to have the mind of a 3 year old!

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He also enjoys playing football in his underwear.

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Free kids' Italian ice made a trip to Rita's a necessity.

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Brody loved his cotton candy Italian ice.

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Mine was just indescribably good.  Creamy coconut Italian ice topped with creamy orange creamsicle gelato.  Yum!

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Brody showing off his first pair of flip flops...or as he calls them "feet flops."  

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Brody loves to "help" me all the time.  He loves to help make the bed.  We changed the sheets and this is how he puts the pillow case on the pillow.

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Yay for Krispy Kreme doughnuts!
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Evan has taught Brody to be a ninja...complete with sticking his sword down the back of his shirt.  Haha!

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I often let the boys sit at their little table in the living room and watch a show while eating lunch because it's summer and that's how we roll.  We usually watch our favorite cartoon, The Penguins of Madagascar.  

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And because he's three, lying on the kitchen floor after throwing a fit for no apparent reason and throwing all the fridge magnets on the floor is often a necessary part of his day.

So thanks to an unexpected cold that suddenly hit me last week and not feeling the greatest, we have spent a relatively boring week in the house this week with very little photographic documentation.  Hopefully, we will get back to our regular summer schedule soon. 
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  1. You have been having an awesome summer. And I do the exact same thing with the watching a cartoon while eating lunch. Sometimes it's breakfast and sometimes it's lunch. But hey, it's summer. I think it's OK the relax the rules a little.

    Also I think I have finally found a difference between us (well, other than me being 1 year older and living in different states, ha ha). I was a competetive swimmer from the time I was in about 2nd grade until I graduated from high school. I am a champion diver. Not diving from the diving board with tricks and flips and stuff, but diving off a diving block at the start of a race. It gets my adrenaline pumping just thinking about it!

  2. Okay, now I want an omelet. That could be because it's 5:24am and I've been up since 4 because I had the world's scariest nightmare. Gah.

    Also, I love that picture of Brody wearing Evan's shades with his chin propped on his fist. Adorable!!!

    And Summer is supposed to be about easing up on routine and taking it easy. This is true for moms too so my kids have been watching more DVDs than normal too. It happens.

  3. Looks like you all are having a great summer and keeping really busy. We've relaxed a few rules around here too. The kiddos have been going to bed quite a bit later than during during the school year. I love the picture of Brody in his sunglasses. Too cute!!! We haven't been to another movie in a while. This post reminds me to check the schedule again. I love that Brody is helping you do housework.


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