A few years ago, I started recapping our summers. We typically sit down at dinner and talk about what we loved most and then rank them 1 to 10. This year, our summer was cut short because our school district had us stay late (to offset last year’s late start date), and then we are starting a week early (because they went back to our original schedule instead of the one they used last year). Make sense? Yeah, it doesn’t to me either. Ha! Nevertheless, we crammed a bunch into our summer.
All of that time with my kids!
T-minus five days until the school year begins!
So, let me stress, when we talked about our top 10 this year, no one argued, no one had different opinions, no one thought their birthday should have been the highlight of the whole summer while someone else said that wasn’t fair…it was super peaceful. YEAH RIGHT! Hahaha! We came up with a list, but it took a lot of negotiation and compromise…because everyone had their own ideas (like whether we counted May as summer or not…).
Here we go, our TOP TEN for 2018…
#10: All the lunches together!
I was surprised by this one! Smith suggested it, and the girls agreed. Smith said he loved all the lunches we had together. I thought that was so sweet! I do miss seeing these little faces during lunch every day while they’re at school.
#9: Movie night in the pool!
Speaking of the pool, we had our annual “watch a movie outside while we swim night” last week and that totally ranked in the top for everyone (me included!). There’s just something about swimming at night that says SUMMER! Andrew has this little projector thing that he uses when he goes on mission trips, so we just use that and then project it on to a sheet that we’ve placed in the bushes. It’s all very fancy. Hahahaha!
#8: Slumber Parties!
We always let the kids sleep in our room on Friday nights, but over the summer, they’ve done it a bit more. This is one of my kids FAVORITE things to do and the ultimate reward in our house. They love dragging their sleeping bags in there and cuddling up to watch a movie. I always tell myself to enjoy every minute of it because I know it won’t last long. I’m so happy they picked this as a favorite 🙂 .
#7: Yankee Fans Go to NYC!
Even though us Sox fans didn’t go, we still let the other half put this on their list. They had so much fun…how could we deny them? Look at those faces!
#6: All the pool time at home!
This one right here is probably my favorite. I loved every minute of being outside (and swimming!) with my four. There’s just something about coming in after the day smelling of chlorine and sunblock that makes this mama heart happy.
#5: Ashby’s sixth birthday!
Our sweet Ashby turned SIX on June 9th! We celebrated BIG TIME that whole weekend! Gosh, we love this girl so much!!
#4: Inner Space Cavern and our road trip!
…we had so much fun!! When we got the crazy idea to take the kids on a road trip without the dads, it could have gone a million different directions…but guys, it was so special!! We will be talking about this road trip all year long…until our next one 🙂 !
#3: Their visit at Lovie & Papa Jay’s!
Andrew wanted to name Nantucket in his top 10 and the kids wanted to name their stay at my parents’ house while we were there, so you get both in this one…
I’m so thankful that my parents enjoy this special time every summer when they get the kids and Andrew and I get to go on a trip by ourselves…and I’m so thankful that my kids love it SO MUCH! They always have the BEST time!! My dad texted me this picture one night. It makes me so happy!
#2: Framily Vacation to San Antonio!
#1: Our summer vacation to Scotland and Ireland!
We might have disagreed on the other nine…but we all unanimously agreed that our summer vacation this year gets top billing. We had the best time in Scotland and Ireland and made memories that will hopefully last a lifetime.
That’s a wrap! One more fun swim day with friends and then we close out the weekend. I hope you and your family had a fantastic summer too!! To see our recap from 2016, click HERE and then from 2017, HERE.
Happy Wednesday! xo