Even though Sydney wasn't out of school until June 4, we started summer fun a little early. Here are some of the highlights of our first month or so, late May through June.
Sydney's birthday fell on Memorial Day this year, so with Daddy off work we headed to Holiday World for the first time this summer.
Luke is still scared of Holidog but tall enough for all of the big waterslides-which he loves!
We have passes to HW this year, and were able to put them to use two times in June as well.
The weekend before school let out, we joined up with friends and headed out to the Hunts.
Canoe rides in the creek,
rides on the four wheeler,
more creek fun,
food and Smore's (JJ's favorite part) and even a game of kickball between the dads and the sons.
The moms cheered for the sons-but the dads prevailed, Jeff serving as player & self appointed coach.
We celebrated the 8th birthday of a sweet friend on a 90 degree day at an ice skating rink!
We all got in on the ice skating action.
The kids and I had never been ice skating and it had been over 20 years for Daddy.
We started out using the crates provided because that was a necessity.
However, before long...four of us (sorry Luke-next time) were able to go hands free and get around pretty good.
The best skater of our crew was JJ by far. No one could believe he had never been before and how quickly he picked it up. He was steady and fast!
The ice skating party was in Owensboro, and we stayed over that night on the river. They have the best playground we have ever seen.
We visited to Holiday World the next morning.
Mid June, Jeff and I headed to Chattanooga for two days to celebrate our anniversary and go white water rafting. We have so many of the same interests and cherish our time together.
One rainy night, Daddy took Sydney and JJ went to a favorite to play games
We love spending days together at the pool
and relaxing ?? whenever we can.
JJ said goodbye to his swimmies,
and he's swimming better every day...
Sydney decided she really likes the high dive this year
We had a few cooler days earlier in June, but tried to make the most of that ..
Visiting the ducks and then playing at the park. This day they were hungry! and aggressive.
All three kids started off feeding them close to the pond, but ended up standing on the picnic table for safety.
We stopped by one of their new favorite places, Lost River Cave, for a hike and visit to the butterfly house.
And later in the month, stopped by again for a picnic, hike and "mining for gems."
We thought that all the kids were finally old enough to make it through a late movie, and went out to Chaney's Dairy Barn for a hayride and Ice Cream and a Moovie (Smurfs 2). It was a hit!
Father's Day and a Daddy worth celebrating meant church, his pick for lunch out and a fun family day at the pool...
They were so proud of their Father's Day masterpieces.
With their individual style, each one says "You're Tie-rrific!"
The kids and I spent several days in Georgetown, and Daddy joined us for the weekend.
Nanny was moving while we were there, but Nana made sure there were lots of fun things planned for the kiddos.
Buddy took Sydney and JJ to their first basketball camp:
He and coach Hicks made sure they had a great time.
It was a fun experience for all three of them.
The kids got to spend lots of time at the pool swimming with Buddy,
our cousins and Granny and Papaw
Trips to Powell Co. to see our buds are always a hit for everyone.
Buddy told Sydney years ago that she could learn to drive the golf cart when she was 7.
She really did a great job.
Sydney and JJ attended Upward basketball camp the next week at First Baptist Church.
Two camps in two weeks...and they really enjoyed!
They have embraced late bedtimes, summer kids movies, catching fireflies, extra stops for ice cream treats and slushes, and just enjoying the luxury of playing together all day long.
They are very creative as they play around the house, even treating us to puppet shows :)
Sometimes, baby brother goes and goes until he can't go any longer.
I am so thankful for the season of summer & the first month+ we've just wrapped up with this silly crew.
Here's to July!