Although technically we’re not done with summer yet and we’ve still got some major events coming up in the next two weeks (a birthday party; a bachelor party; a wedding), I just cannot handle how absent I’ve been from my blog. So, to recap in a few images, this has been our summer. (I should also note that Ben’s swirling venture has picked up considerably, and a good portion of this summer as been spent with guitars as a whole and in pieces laying about/dangling down our entire house–fortunately we’ve moved all his music-ish/guitarish things into his new blog and I won’t have to reiterate it here.) We’ve been:
:painting lots of furniture…
now it's black and in the music room/library
:doing a lot of organizing, clearing out, cleaning up…
what you're missing are the five other stacks around/behind the coffee table
If you can get Ollie to sit still, he still looks a bit crazy...
:having Ben’s birthday parties…
well into the night for us
Boston Cream Pie cupcakes over homemade vanilla ice cream
:taking walks at the lake…
and don't forget the Sonic slushies!!!
:going camping with my family…
Those are two outdoorsy kids if I ever saw some!
We make the best camping food ever! EVER!!!
...to be fair, I'm pretty sure princess here was chewing on a stick
Ollie gets all kinds of filthy when he camps
My research-loving, librarian-in-training sister figured out that this is actually an elm sawfly or Cimbex americanadoes. There's a link to it in the comments section. (Thanks, Jess!)
cleanliness is very important here
:going to the beach with my family (including Sister! YAY!!!)…
PALE PEOPLE!! PALE PEOPLE!!! (it's much better in a doomish sort of voice)
basically this is all I did for seven days; it was blissful
–and whilst we were at the beach, my poor berated mother forced everyone into a black and white portrait session; and while I think the best family image is only adequate, I really love the more individual shots:
My parents may be the cutest couple I've ever met--they're celebrating their 30th anniversary in September this year.
To my mother's constant chagrin, we cannot help being goofy.
caught in a moment of sweetness
My sister, the most adorable woman on the earth.
The motivation behind the entire photoshoot. Please note the underlying sense of aching hunger within each person.
It’s been a great summer and it’s not quite over yet!
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