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Our Spectacular Summer as Told in Snapshots

Summer doesn’t officially end until September 21st, but once the kids return to school, summer reaches an unfortunate premature end.

As I panic-teach my kids all the academics they’ve lost this summer, I reflect on just how wonderful our season in the sun has been. We may not have gone on a big family vacation, but we had a great time visiting a few local treasures, practicing our backstroke, and getting plenty of sun.


  • Sweet, sweet summer 1 of 36
    PicMonkey Collage

    Since a picture is worth a thousand words, take a look at our spectacular summer as told in snapshots!

  • TCB 2 of 36

    We started off our summer taking care of a little business. Here we are at the orthodontist; Boy Wonder visited this chair no less than four times this summer.

  • Let’s get physicals! 3 of 36

    Trips to the orthodontist were interrupted with trips to the pediatrician for annual physicals and...

  • Head bumps 4 of 36

    ...bumps to the head. Oh, BooBoo.

  • Haircuts 5 of 36

    "Just a little off the bottom," he tells me.

  • Lazy time at home 6 of 36

    Many a day was spent lounging around making forts...

  • Looking sweet but really 7 of 36

    ...bending each other's fingers backwards...

  • Sporting epic bed head 8 of 36

    ...waking up late...

  • Going online 9 of 36

    ...watching cute animals on YouTube, and...

  • Climbing walls 10 of 36

    "I can do this because my feet are sticky," he tells me. Gross.

  • There were bowling lessons 11 of 36

    With bumpers, but still awesome.

  • Little bowler 12 of 36

    Proud little man.

  • Beach time 13 of 36

    Splashing about in the waves.

  • Buried alive 14 of 36

    Getting buried with "girl boobies" by his little brother.

  • Lost at sea 15 of 36

    Finding a crab and then losing it.

  • Art appreciation 16 of 36

    Boy Wonder gets into the beachy spirit with this sculpture while BooBoo asks, "Why?"

  • Ice cream on the pier 17 of 36

    I finished first.

  • The aftermath 18 of 36

    Our day at the beach made a painful impression.

  • Home improvement 19 of 36

    My husband and I worked tirelessly on home improvement projects (are you following us on Babble Home?). Here, the kids learn to entertain themselves at Home Depot, that is...

  • When they remember to wear shoes 20 of 36

    No shirt, no shoes, no walking.

  • There were chores 21 of 36

    You know, because they live here too.

  • Multiple trips to the library 22 of 36

    TV = off.

  • Good books 23 of 36

    Go, Boy Wonder!

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles 24 of 36

    Let there be dinosaurs.

  • Bears 25 of 36

    The Ice Age cometh.

  • Beautiful gardens 26 of 36

    We stopped at one of the museum's beautiful resting spots for a photo.

  • And of course, a road trip 27 of 36

    Off to grandparents' house we go!

  • Calico 28 of 36

    A quick stop at Calico's Ghost Town.

  • Davy Jones 29 of 36

    Boy Wonder scored this "sick" raccoon hat in Calico.

  • Steal away 30 of 36

    We left the kids at their grandparents for a night away. Empty backseat equals sadness...for one of us.

  • There was beer… 31 of 36

    ...which helped fill the void.

  • A great pool… 32 of 36

    ...with an even greater view of my hubs. Stop looking at my fat legs.

  • A romantic dinner 33 of 36

    Here was are watching hibatchi masters do their thing at a teppanyaki table.

  • There was more ice cream 34 of 36

    Because obviously.

  • Swimming 35 of 36

    Thank goodness Grandma and Grandpa have a pool!

  • Beachy waves 36 of 36

    And finally, I mastered the art of creating beachy waves. It was a big deal, you guys.


How has your summer been so far?

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