Even though our days are still in the high 90s (and sometimes low 100s!), with the start of school summer sure seems like a distant memory. Before we hit the vernal equinox, I wanted to share a few bits and pieces from our summer here at Casa Whitaker.
Just a few nights ago, Scott and I were sitting on the couch and he says to me, “Did summer even happen? Because I feel like it was just a blur.” Newborns will do that to a summer, won’t they?
Let’s see, shortly after Gianna was born, we hit end-of-school-year crazy. I’m pretty sure I deleted any email that started with, “I know you’re busy, but we just need you to bring in X for the school…” I turned 40 and ate the most fantastic cake at the best surprise party, EVER. Then, it was a stellar week at baseball and art camp for John Paul, basketball camp for Will and sewing camp for the girls. That sounds crazy busy, but I strategically chose camps that were less than a two-minute drive from the house.
That proved to be brilliant.
It meant that I still got to enjoy the babymoon, but the kids got to dive into an activity they really loved. It was a great way to start summer. John Paul really has an artist streak in him (and my graphic design heart rejoiced!) Here’s a sneak peek at his creations. I believe it’s where we captured our first pic as a family of eight, too!
The not-so-stellar ER visit and hospital admit for Gianna super stunk. But, she’s having less episodes. I’m just hopeful they take a permanent vacation.
We managed to sneak in some Aggie love at two football coaches’ nights (holla!) And, of course we were quite proud when Coach Sumlin asked for questions and out of the corner of our eyes, noticed that Will had his hand raised! Summy called on him first and Will says, “So, coach, what game are you most looking forward to this season?” Leave it to the 13yo to stump the coach for a moment. He even mentioned what a good question it was. The answer? “South Carolina.” YOU KNOW THAT’S RIGHT. Gamecocks for supper! Our seatmates for dinner were quite dashing, too. Gianna and Rev (A&M’s mascot for my non-Aggie friends) hit it right off.
Golf camp has been a family favorite for the last eight summers. Every year, my parents give that gift of week-long camp to the kids, and the last several years, they even take them the whole week and give Scott and I a breather. It’s fabulous, and especially so this summer. We just had the two littles and it certainly gave us a much-needed break from the chaos. We missed them, yes, but oh how we loved the peace and quiet!
And we ended it with a stellar week at sleepaway camp. Always a family favorite. While the bigs were off watersliding and ziplining, Clare got a surprise $50 gift card in the mail from her dentist (good job on brushing those teeth, honey!) and managed to spend it all within 48 hours. Impressive.
But, beyond camping and VBSing, baptizing and creating, we did one very important thing. We loved our way through those summer months. Yes, there was squabbling and bickering. But there was laughter. Yes, there was crazy. But there was also a boatload of crazy fun memories. We may not have gotten any sleep, but we sure did love the slower pace.
Summer 2014? You were so good to us.