This photo best describes how we feel about summer time around here. Our faces may appear to be afraid but really we are having fun. We were at the park a couple of weeks ago and Cooper loves to swing so sometimes Justin and I swing with him. I decided to see if I could jump out of the moving swing like I used to be able to do as a kid. I succeeded but I didn't look near as cool doing it as I had pictured. And I think I only got about a foot off of the ground. Justin did a little better job. 

We like summer. I love the warm temps, the trips to the pool, the family vacation time, the time with friends, and the freedom that summer brings. We probably don't look forward to summer as much as parents with school aged kids do and our routine doesn't really change that much either but it's still a NEW season. 

Because my husband works with students things usually get busier for us in the summer. Beach days, summer trips, and spontaneous visits from students at our house makes for a busy but very fun few months. 

As for our family, here's some things we will be doing or would like to do this summer:

Vacation. Which will be happening in less than a week. Next Monday we will head out of town to visit some friends in North Carolina. We'll be driving and taking our time to enjoy the sites along the way. We will be spending most of our time in Asheville and Charlotte. I love the south and can't wait to breathe in the mountain air and drink lots of sweet tea:) 

Run lots of miles. This one is for me specifically. I want to do a lot of running this summer. Not marathon running but maybe 3-5 miles four times a week. That would make me happy. 

Trips to the city. I love hanging out in Chicago so I'm hoping we can get up there some this summer to enjoy all it has to offer. 

Students. We will be doing two trips with our Jr. High and High School students this summer. Both to Expeditions Unlimited in Baraboo, WI. Both in July. I am hoping Cooper and I can go on the High School trip but still not sure how that will all work out. 

Water. Cooper loves water so we plan on spending lots of time at the splash pad in our town. He also loves the park so I'm sure we'll be spending lots of time there too. 

Girls. I'm going to be meeting with a few girls this summer, every Thursday night. Nothing fancy, just hanging out, drinking coffee and talking about life. Really looking forward to it. 

I could probably add some more but that's a pretty healthy list as it is.

Here's to a great summer!


  1. I am glad to know that I'm not the only adult who jumps off of the swings still ;-)