The story of our summer

I’m going to ease back into blogging with a few pictures of our kids from the last, oh, four months or so.

Lego got a new bike for his birthday and has loved riding it all around.

Duplo got this tricycle last summer, but he learned to pedal it this spring and tries hard to keep up with his big brother.

For his birthday in May, I made him an owl cake . . .

. . . patterned after this guy, who is a good friend of Duplo’s.

In early June, we moved to a new house with a huge back yard that has a swingset . . .

. . . and a fire pit (not to mention a garden, a covered patio with a picnic table, and lots of trees to climb).

Duplo learned to use the potty! (Image deleted because Jon Boy thought it was too embarrassing, and I was leaning that way myself.)

We enjoyed our new house and yard for a little while during a short lull in crazy busyness in June and early July.

We went camping overnight July 1st with my brother and his (then) fiance. We love her!

In mid July, El Guapo joined our family.

He fits right in with the rest of us goofs.

Awww! Snuggly.

Lego absolutely adores his baby brother. He thanks Heavenly Father in his prayers every night for his new baby brother, El Guapo.

He spends a lot of time holding him and trying to help out with him each day.

El Guapo loves his family too and treats us to lots of smiles.

I haven’t been able to catch a really good one on camera yet, though. The camera itself is so distracting!

Not pictured, but we attended my sister’s wedding in Denver in July (El Guapo was only 11 days old) and my brother’s wedding in Atlanta in August (the brother in the camping picture). When I get pictures from the weddings, I’ll try to remember to post them.

Finally, here’s Lego all ready for his first day of kindergarten! He’s loving it so far, and his teacher seems to be committed to challenging him, so school seems to be a very good thing so far. 🙂

You can see our new house (still a rental, in case you’re wondering) and the flower garden I slaved over behind him. That garden was a CARPET of chokeweed/morning glory when we moved in, and I pulled it all up multiple times before mulching, then putting down a weed blanket thing and more mulch, and planting a whole bunch of flowers. The funny thing is that the most beautiful flowers in the garden now, the orange marigolds you see, are actually volunteers. They were tiny and all over when I was weeding, and I left them on a whim. I’m so glad I did! Thanks to my mom for her help on that project too.

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind of a summer, and I’m ready to settle into the routine of fall. I’m also very much enjoying the cooler weather lately. It’s hard not to spend all day outside in it.



  1. The last picture of Liam with his backpack setting off to school brought tears to my eyes. Happy tears I think…..no may not. I love you and your family so much!

  2. What a busy, wonderful time for you guys. I agree with your mom about the last picture. A mix of happy and kind of sad tears. Love you all!

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