Summer's Last Post

It still feels like summer down here in Arizona, but it's time for me to buckle down and accept that we are in the middle of autumn.  The only way I'm going to be able to catch up on the rest of our summer {and early fall} is if I do a huge photo dump right here right now.  It's gonna be a bit messy, people, fasten your seat belts.

Or your hammock belts.  Obviously I'm not sponsored or anything, but I'm sharing this shopping hammock with the world because it's a game-changer.  I hated taking Camden to the store when he was an infant.  I wish I'd had this thing.  Hallie never makes a peep in this hammock because she can really see everything and everyone around her.  She's entertained, comfortable, and happy.  We love it.

So here's the website, you're welcome:  It's the best.  But I have to warn you, it will make all of your shopping trips longer because every person on the planet will stop you to ask about it.  {Especially if your baby is adorable.}

On to the good stuff.  I woke up on my 28th birthday to this festive little setup by Roy.  My man made me feel special all day long, starting with cupcakes for breakfast!

While he was at work Camden and I played "balloon soccer" and went to lunch with a bunch of our friends.  That night Roy got a babysitter for Cam and took us girlies out for dinner at an interesting Mexican/Chinese/Italian place where we got to sit outside under a lit tree beside a babbling creek.  Best jalepeño macaroni and cheese I've ever had.  Even though the birthday hype isn't the same as an adult, I still love everything about it.  But you know me, I'll take any excuse to turn an ordinary day into a party.

As the days slowly began to get shorter, Camden and I started up our pajama walks again.  He loves having a flashlight in his hands, and I love the one-on-one time with him.  (No filter on that Arizona sky.)

I also soaked up all available one-on-one time with Hallie.

Most of the summer was spent exploring activities that were fun for Camden but not too much for Hallie.  We bought board games for the first time, got super into Play-Doh, and I tried to convince Cam that coloring is fun but... he's still not buying it.  However, we did discover that we love building forts and crawling around in them for a few days.

To Cam's dismay, we made it to our community pool only twice over the summer.  That was just all I felt I could handle with Hallie being this young.  So when Mom and Dad were in Phoenix and invited us to swim at their hotel pool, we were very excited.  Not just for the pool, either.  It was great to see Grammy, Papa, and Mason, who runs around non-stop with our energetic little boy.

Sweet Girl and I decided to take a little snooze poolside while everyone else splashed around.  No complaints here!

Just before school started Camden mastered the spelling of his name.  His last name is gonna take a little more time, I think.

But I had to document his first written letter ever.  We have letters taped up on our fridge that he traces with his finger whenever he wants to.  Then one day he peeled one off, flipped over the card and asked for a pencil.  He drew that M on the right all by himself.  When he was frustrated that it didn't look like the M on the other side of the card I made him a little dot-to-dot M to trace.  Still he wasn't satisfied.  I think this is why he doesn't like coloring.

I'll look at his scrawlings and say, "Oh, what's that?" and he'll say, "It's nothing.  It's just a scribble."  Or when I say, "Draw whatever you want," he will say, "I don't know how to draw anything."  Such a logical thinker.

One of the first weeks of preschool they had a "Father's Night" where the kids put on a program and did a craft with their dads.  Camden was sooo excited and both had a fun time.  I love that we are starting these cute things!

Meanwhile, Hallie is being adorable...

They're both pretty adorable, I don't know how I got so lucky with this little fam.

{Do you spy Camden refusing to be in the picture?}

Hallie's favorite things to do are to see new faces and go for walks.  Camden still likes riding his bike but sometimes he pulls his wagon so he can collect pinecones, leaves, bugs, and cool rocks.

In October we had our true last summer hurrah when we went to Rocky Point with some friends.  At first Camden was very timid about the water, which I thought was strange since he had loved the water at Lake Powell.  I sat down with him and asked him what was up.  He told me he was worried that a big wave would come and pull him to the bottom of the ocean.  {Thank you Disney movies.}

Once I explained to him that the waves on this beach would stay teeny tiny and that his daddy and I were watching him, he loosened up and had a great time.  It's a great place to get away, forget about your phone, and be together.

Somehow Hallie snuck her little hand off of the towel and sampled a fistful of sand.  Document first, clean up after, like a good mom.  That smile, tho!

So funny, but this is the best family picture we were able to manage, haha!  The summer really did go by in a flash, and then suddenly Halloween was over... oh geez I need to catch up on Halloween now!  But you know what, I hope it doesn't slow down anytime soon.  Love these people who keep me busy.

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