Summer doesn’t technically end for 12 days but Audrey started school today and the weather has finally cooled off so really it feels like summer has already ended. The 22nd is just a technicality.
We weren’t able to go on a vacation this summer which was a little bit of a bummer. But we made sure the girls got to enjoy every moment of summer regardless. For a while I would keep asking myself if we did enough. Like somehow my kids would feel like they were shortchanged because we didn’t get to go on a real vacation. Like somehow they would even know the difference. What I finally figured out was that they had the time of their lives this summer.
Many trips to the park
Playdates and fancy tea parties
Celebrating 4th of July and the girls first fireworks show
Beach trips to the Oregon Coast
Visits to the new Tillamook Creamery visitors center
VBS twice (Audrey)
Watching Daddy play softball
Many Costco trips which my kids love. They have learned the art of samples at Costco
Party in the Park which was put on by the Parks district. They played tennis, did bounce houses and little water slides and had their first snow cones
Birthday parties for friends
Audrey’s 4th birthday party with her friends
Visiting a fire station and getting to play in the fire truck
Visiting Oma and Opa at the beach and flying kites for the first time
Endless hours outside playing in the sprinkler, water table and pool
Riding bikes every night
When I made this list and looked at it I realized these two little girls had THE best summer! We did so much and packed in as much fun as we could. Daddy took the week off last week so that was nice to have him home for 9 straight days before school started.
If I had to pick a few highlights I would definitely say 4th of July was one of my favorites. We decided on a whim to try and go to a local fireworks show. I really wasn’t sure it was a great idea. Neither girl had ever been to one. I was even more hesitant when we arrived at the park and we had to walk a fairly long way to the spot we were going to watch them from. Then when we arrived we had to wait close to an hour for the fireworks to start because they were late to get going. fortunately some generous people around us had glow wands and necklaces etc that they gave to the girls who of course were thrilled. When the fireworks started neither girl as scared, they were both wide-eyed and excited. They were yelling and squealing and giggling. Every one around us laughed every time and as we were walking back to the car one guy told us that they stole the show! They had such a fun time and so did we.
The trip to the fire station on Audrey’s birthday was another really fun thing that we did this summer. Once again this was on a whim. We were just trying to kill some time between the zoo and dinner. We happened to see a fire truck and it gave me the idea. So we headed to the nearest fire station and asked if we could have a tour. Luckily they had just got back from a call and a firefighter named Jeff was so awesome and gave us a tour. Of course the highlight was the firetruck. Jeff was actually the driver and let the girls climb up inside and even let Audrey turn the lights on. It was so much fun for all of us. Definitely a special memory!
I hope in the next year we will be able to go on a fun family vacation, but even if we can’t I will look back on this summer as reminder of how much fun we had around here. What did your summer look like? What were your favorite memories?