Summer Bliss!

6 weeks of summer down and 6 weeks to go…yikes!  I feel like it was yesterday that I was at Parker’s preschool end-of-year celebration and here we are, summer is half over.  By now I am starting to hear people say, “I’m ready for school to start so we can have a routine again.”  I’m definitely the type of person that runs better on a schedule, but I am not wishing these last 6 weeks away by any means.  So much is about to change for our family with having our first child enter elementary school that I’m doing everything I can to enjoy my days of being a SAHM of 3 before I have to learn to re-balance life again.

June was fun but it went by fast.  We opened up our summer with playdates, trips to the parks, celebrating Garrett turning ONE, celebrating Chris for the wonderful father he is, our family road-trip, and it ended with a carnival.  (Phew, if summer had ended then I would have said we had a great summer.)

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July has been about being outside and enjoying this beautiful weather God has blessed us with…I cannot get enough Vitamin D (I think I’m mentally stocking up for the winter months in Chicago…oy-vey!). We hit the beach for the 4th of July, along with fireworks at our friend’s place downtown.  We celebrated Chris’ birthday with a night at Top Golf.  What a great place to enjoy golf and friends…it actually sparked an interest in the sport for me.  We will see where that takes me! 🙂

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Some of you just may not realize how amazing it is to have a backyard when you live in the city.  The space is limited and most units come with a small patch between the house and garage.  We are so fortunate to be living in a home where we have a shared backyard across three units.  This is very rare, let alone the fact that I am the only one home with kids during the day so it’s all ours.  We have had a blast with all our outdoor toys, pool, sprinklers, jumpy house, and friends!

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I continue to be ever-so-grateful for the time I get to be at home with my kids, enjoying this gorgeous weather and most importantly making memories every chance I can get.  Here’s to the next 6 weeks of summer and continuing to praise God for the beautiful life He has given me.

Garrett turns ONE!

Our baby is officially ONE and boy do we love this age!  Considering Garrett is the 3rd child, he is picking up on things way sooner than the other two did and he knows how to get his deserved attention.  I say I love this age so much but truth is that I’m not sure what my favorite age is because with every age comes new milestones, their personalities develop and their communication skills are improving!  Good thing I have three kids so I can experience each age group more than once! 🙂

We celebrated Garrett’s first birthday with both of our families over a week long road trip.  His actual birthday wasn’t the best for him because he was dealing with a double ear infection.  No matter how much pain he was in, he still managed to crack a smile and even get the rest of us to laugh.  Since Garrett was 6 months old, he would “Giddy-up” on command…it’s just something he would do in his highchair, carseat, or on your leg.  So for his birthday we got him a rocking horse and he loves it…and so does his sister!

Garrett’s birthday is just 6 days before his Grandpa’s (he was actually due on Grandpa’s birthday) so the “GLS” men were able to have a birthday celebration together this year.  And Garrett said “Grandpa” for the first time on the morning of his Gpa’s bday!

Garrett is just days away from walking on his own…he started with 3-4 steps on June 11th and is doing more and more each day. I took him to his one year check up today and while we were waiting he walked 7 steps to me in the waiting room.  He weighed 19lbs and 9oz…he’s moved up from the 10th percentile to the 25th percentile…yeah, my little peanut is finally gaining weight! 🙂

Here are some great pictures I have captured over the last couple of weeks as he turned one…enjoy!!

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