I love summer and as the days get closer to school starting it is making me wish that I could freeze time and just let these summer days last forever. I am not sure if I am ready for my little companion to be gone all day, every day for school. I love all the little, daily moments with her and here are some of those moments that we have had and enjoyed during the summer.
The school district has a free lunch program during the summer and one of the stops happens to be at our apartment. Paige loves going down every day during the week to enjoy a free lunch. It has helped her try new things and also drink milk everyday which she hasn't necessarily done in the past.
There has also been some city events that have been held at our apartment complex and one of them was a type of safety fair and they had some hand outs and had police cars, a firetruck, and Paige's favorite part was a helicopter that she got to sit in.
Early in the summer Paige was riding her bike and Nate was shooting a basketball at Dale and Margaret's house and Nate spotted this little baby bunny. It had got hurt by a cat so wasn't as fast so Nate was able to catch it. We all loved taking turns holding it and it was absolutely the cutest little thing ever!
Another thing that Paige and I got to experience for the first time this summer was the taste of a slurpee. I know it is weird that I have never had one before but this summer we have now had about 3 or 4 and these two pictures are from the free slurpee day.
We love going over to Dale and Margaret's house and just enjoy being outside and enjoying their yard. Pretty much every time we go there Nate and Paige love to go check on the garden and see how everything is growing and we all have loved eating the raspberries and blueberries this summer.
Another thing that Paige has enjoyed doing at Dale and Margaret's house this summer is hammering nails. It is really cute to watch her determination to hammer the nails in.
Nate found this little sewing machine at the thrift store and the day Nate got it Paige spent most of the day sewing away. She loves it and it is cute to watch her desire to sew at such a young age since I didn't learn to sew until I was in college.
Paige loves to do lemonade parties. She has a little tea set and will make lemonade for everyone. On this day she decided to just use already made lemonade from the fridge but spent the time getting a cup for everyone including her doll and made a great of strawberries and grapes for everyone and put them in little cupcake liners. She is so cute and creative!
During the summers once a week there is swimming at the Carters and we have gone and few times this summer and have loved it every time that we have went. I like to visit with the other ladies and Paige loves being in the water. She tried out goggles in the lake for the first time and looked so cute.
Last week it was really hot and our apartment doesn't have air conditioning so we decided to spend the week at Dale and Margaret's house. It was nice to be in an air conditioned house and Paige always loves being at their house and we enjoyed being by the lake and went swimming a few times during the week.
There has also been lots of fires in Canada which led to really smoky and hazy skies. That part is not fun but it made the sunsets really cool and made the sun all sorts of colors as it was setting. One evening we kayaked and watched the sunset and Paige enjoyed an evening swim.
Swimming with her doll.
She picked me a flower from a lily pad. She really is the sweetest girl and is constantly giving Nate and I gifts.
I love watching Nate and Paige interact. They have the sweetest relationship and can be so silly together.
The pretty sunset- pictures really don't do justice. The sun could turn pink and red and you could sit and watch it set without it hurting your eyes.
One day Paige decided to have an imaginary friend Sally and it was her birthday so she made her a cake out of play dough and the little balls behind the cake are the decorations. She even made a sign for her to be on the chair. When we sang to Sally and she "blew" out her candles Paige would take the little flame off each candle that she created.
This past week we have gone on a few walks to enjoy the beautiful summer evenings. Paige has found she loves little frogs. We were walking around and could see them jumping and it was so funny watching Paige try and catch them since they are so quick and jump away. She had no fear in holding them which kind of surprised me.
This one was jumping up her warm and she just thought it was so funny. One time one little frog even jumped on her chin and it kind of surprised her but she didn't freak out and again thought it was funny. She is a pretty adventurous little girl unless it has to do with heights then she is just like her dad and is terrified.
Another awesome thing about summer in Washington in about August it is blackberry season. We love blackberries and Nate and Paige especially do and love just picking and eating them. We have found a few good spots. Yesterday we went on a little hike and there were blackberries everywhere and so we kept our eyes peeled for the really good ones and Paige ate lots of blackberries on the hike.
My favorite thing with blackberries is having them in vanilla ice cream.
Only a little bit more time until summer is over and school will begin and we will try and filling up the rest of our summer with some fun adventures and enjoying the sun and the beautiful weather and the little moments together.