It's so hard to pick just a few favorite summertime memories. I feel like this season, Ella has really been able to interact with the world around her and actually play and explore. It is the most fun EVER!
We had several invites to The Petting Zoo that traveled around to local libraries this summer. Lots of love for our little goat, llama, chicken, and duck friends. DON'T FORGET THE MINI HORSE!!!
We celebrated my mom's recent retirement with a cook-out/ camp out at a local park. Other than swimming, it was the first time Ella has really spent a significant amount of time playing outside. It was also the first time she REALLY watched and interacted with my sister's kids. (notice in the picture, she's eating crumbs from Lucas's little hand...haha). My parents have a pool, so the cake is decorated with all the cousins/grandkids swimming. It turned out super cute, I think. (I wish I could take credit for it...haha).
My Girlfriends and I went to see The Downton Abbey Exhibit at a museum downtown. Many of the costumes from the show were on display, and it was really neat to see them in person. We are all huge fans of the show and were sad to see it end. History buffs unite!
SWIMMING! My parents have a pool in their backyard. Ella loves to swim. This summer, we swam like it was OUR JOB!!! :) It makes me tired/hungry just thinking about it! Anyone else get tired and hungry around water? Yes. Please! Ella does, too. Exhibit A.
As I'm looking back, I'm realizing how much I love my pals. We've spent a good portion of the summer together, and I don't mind it one bit (they've been mentioned in the past like...3 memories above). Meeting up for some Chick-fil-a and a trip to the splash pad is one of our favorite summer traditions. Stay out of Ella's way! I'm sure people thought I was being pretty cavalier with her little face getting in the water, but the truth is, she doesn't mind it one bit. Getting water in her face like it ain't no thang! What a brave baby.
We just returned from a trip to Wildwood, NJ with my family. It was Ella's first trip to the ocean, and she loved every minute of it! Highlights include eating a week's worth of Polish Water Ice, visiting The Cape May Zoo, Swinging at the playground, and playing in the ocean.
I'm a little sad to see summer go. As a former teacher, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the coming fall season. My brain has yet to register that I'm not going back to school..it still feels like summer to me. With enough Pumpkin Spice Lattes, it's sure to sink in. ;) Autumn, here we come.