Friday, August 8, 2008

Summer 2008 Greatest Hits

School starts for us on Monday.

On one hand, I can't believe how fast the summer has gone, but on the other hand it seems a long time ago that the kids got out of school!

We've had a really great summer. The boys spent a lot of time together and got along great! Looking back, it was packed with lots of fun, we reached some milestones and had our share of down time as well.

We took a lot of trips out of town....

Summer started with a wonderful trip to Hilton Head Island. We had such a great time with Nanny and Grandad there. I still dream about going back to that house. It was a wonderful way to start the summer.

We spent two weeks at my parents house in Michigan. We usually go for 3-3 1/2 weeks so the two we were there just flew by! And was action packed!

And most recently, we went to Florida for a long weekend. I don't recommend Florida in July, but we still had a great time!

And in between trips, we had all sorts of fun activities.

We took two trips to see the Braves play. Because baseball is summer after all...

Because Georgia in the summer is hot, we spent lots of time at the pool and at the gym or going to the free summer movies at our local Regal movie theater.

We picked blueberries, made forts, had a vegetarian experiment, and played a lot -- not just video games but lots of pretend play too!

But, summer wasn't all fun and games. We had a few major milestones as well....

Sam is very independent -- when I'm not around. When I'm around, he wants me to everything for him. It gets quite tiring. This summer we worked on him doing things by himself even though I'm there. He's started dressing himself -- he gets his clothes backwards more often than not but at least he's doing it!

He's also started going potty without me (woo hoo!!!). Of course I had to bribe him and tell him NO PS2 games if he can't go potty by himself. This worked a charm!

We also rearranged our seating at the table so Sam is in a "big boy seat" now next to Mom -- not stuck between Mom and Dad at the end of the table.

We upgraded our play room and tossed the sippy cups!

I can't believe School starts on Monday. My little boy is going into second grade! We met his teacher yesterday. She seems really nice.

He's got some really nice kids in his class that we know from kindergarten, first grade, sports, ALP (his gifted class) and just around the neighborhood. There are also some new kids in his class so he'll get to make new friends.

Josh has already targeted one child to be his "best friend this year." I'm not sure if I should warn the child or not... Luckily, he's picked a nice boy for his future "best friend."

Sam starts pre-k3 (that's pre-school for 3 year olds) in 2 weeks. He'll be going 4 days a week for 4 hours. He's grown so much this summer too. He's always been a good communicator, but his language has just taken off. His coordination has gotten much better (he's not falling down as much).

And he's grown! It's just amazing! I had to bring him to the store yesterday to get new shoes. My mom just bought him a really nice pair in June and they are already 2 sizes too small! I paid a small fortune for these at Stride Rite so hopefully they will last more than 8 weeks!

So here's to a wonderful summer that is coming to a close and to moving forward to new friends, new teachers and new fun times!


  1. School already?!?!? MN has a state law that says that public schools cannot start until after Labor dates back to more agrarian times and also to respect the STATE FAIR(!)which goes until Labor Day. I think it is a nice law.

    Meanwhile, I also love back to school time, and I miss getting excited about school. I hope your boys are excited!

    What an impressive summer! so many big changes and fun times! I am glad that you reflected on them.

  2. I enjoyed remembering the summer again, as much as I did the first time you blogged about them.

    By the way where in GA are you. I have a friend living in Savannah right now. I hope to visit her one day soon.

  3. We have one more week before school starts and on a personal level - I am not ready!

    I hear you about how much Sam has grown. When my son was in the 5th grade, he changed sizes 3 times! I joked that he needed to get a job to pay for his new clothes. :)

  4. Oh, gosh! We start the day after Labor Day, and our days are already feeling "numbered." Although I really do love going back to school & teaching my little Cherubs, it does take a while to get back into it after a long, hot summer! Congrats to you, Mimi! And, guess what? You're also a winner in the Greetings from Asbury Park Contest! Please contact me at to claim your prize!

  5. Sounds like you guys had a great summer! Ours went way to fast, too!

  6. Sounds like a great summer! Enjoy your time off while the kids are back in school, I know I can't wait!

  7. Sounds like you all had a really great, busy summer! And oh man, they DO grow up so fast! This is our first year of NO SCHOOL and man is it weird! Strange that I'm not ordering curriculum, checking calendars, meeting w/other homeschooling friends/parents, checking into field trips for the year, making sure their academic requirements will be met, making lesson plans, sheesh! I could go on and on! I'm afraid (besides scrapbooking of course) I don't know what to do with myself!

  8. Thanks for the tip! Looks alot better.

  9. I love this! What a fun look back at your summer! Isn't it amazing how quickly they grow and change!? I mean...I know people say it all the time, but now that I'm a parent, it blows my mind!'s to new beginnings for you and the family...cheers!

  10. I hope the boys have a great start to the school year!

  11. You had a crazy busy summer! I can't believe your boys are already going back to school. Kids here don't start for another 3 weeks.

    Lots of milestones, too! And all sound good. A little more freedom for Mommy goes a long way.


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