Summer Adventuring 2016

I know it’s already back to school here, but it is still August and therefore still summer, so I’m getting in one last summer post to log all the fun we had!

You already know about the time we spent camping in Big Sur (right before the huge fire broke out in the area, thank goodness), but there’s a whole bunch else I haven’t documented here yet. So here is our summer highlights reel. 🙂

We started the summer with two weeks of everyday swim lessons. This was the first time we’d done lessons everyday and wow, what a difference! The kids had learned a lot at twice a week lessons prior to this, but the everyday ones really allowed them to improve quickly.

(I took this video using this LifeProof case for my iPhone – referral link.)

After that, Doug and I drove up to Napa for a friend’s wedding and made a weekend getaway out of it, leaving the kids with his parents. It was our first time there and we enjoyed three nights away from the kids, eating well and drinking well!

Silverado Napa Wedding napafood Rutherford Winery Picnic

We came back in time for the 4th of July, where we rode bikes over to a parade and then did our usual evening picnic and fireworks show, this year with my dad and sister. I love seeing the kids’ faces light up at the fireworks!

Rose White and Blue Parade

July seemed like it was going to be pretty quiet after a busy June and it was most of the time since we had nothing planned daily. Other than Reece having golf camp for a couple of days, it was a lot of hanging out at home with the water table and their imaginations leading the way.

Silver Creek Valley Country Club Golf Camp

We did make it to the beach and pool a few times.

Capitola Beach jetty

Capitola Beach Jetty

Our camping trip to Big Sur rounded out the month and then we had a couple more quiet weeks before deciding to head to the mountains for one last summer getaway.

Emme Big Sur

We love it in Arnold with all the lakes nearby, good hiking for the kids and the cute town of Murphy’s to stroll around. I took so many pictures i love while we were hiking at Big Trees State Park. This is my favorite park to admire–and play in!–beautiful sequoias.

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And this one is one of my favorite pictures ever:

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We also did lots of paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming. The kids and dog are all in love with this place.



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Once we were back from that, we had time to squeeze in some indoor rock climbing, a trip to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and a week of science camp for Reece before school started.

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Santa Cruz Boardwalk with Reece

Santa Cruz Boardwalk with Emme

Summer went by so fast with all this activity that we didn’t even get together with Reece’s school friends except for one time. He wasn’t too thrilled that school was starting up again, but he was definitely glad to see his friends again.

Reece's first day of first grade

We had a lot going on this summer, so when Reece told me he wrote a journal entry at school about one thing he did this summer, I was curious what he picked. It turns out camping was the highlight of his summer, which doesn’t surprise me.

We had tons of fun, but now that school has started and the weather has been quite cool in the morning, I’m ready to welcome September and all the next season brings. Plus we’ve already started planning for next summer–a trip to Provence!

Now it’s your turn–what did you do this summer? Is there anything you wanted to do, but didn’t get to?

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