In the Books!

My summer break 2015 is officially in the books.  I know what I said yesterday about being ready to head back to work, but in all honesty, I'm not ready.  I'm extremely sad about not getting to spend these precious daytime hours with my babies and though I know it will be a-okay in the end (as it was in 2012, and 2013, and 2014), I'm going to miss them so incredibly much.  It's a hard adjustment going from 12 hours of interaction per day to three.  I may or may not have teared up a few times today.  And there may or may not be tears streaming down my cheeks right now.  However, this quote rings true and has been playing on repeat in my mind all day.

There are no words to describe the joy I've felt having spent the last 11 (and a half!) weeks with Brantley and Holden.  As has always been the case, I am so grateful for a job that lets me pretend to be a SAHM for part of the year - every year.  We had so much fun this summer and I will forever cherish the memories made with these two special boys.  They are at such fun ages right now and this has most definitely been my favorite summer to date!  There are quite a few summertime activities that never made it to the blog, so here's a little photo dump instead.  Some of these photos have already been shared; others have not.  But they fit together quite nicely to paint a picture of the most perfect. summer. ever.

Some of my favorite summer time memories include:

Day Date + Segway Tour
Deanna Rose
Strawberry Picking
Blueberry Picking
The Zoo
A family wedding
Brantley's 3rd Birthday 
Lake of the Ozarks
Wichita and Tanganyika
The Farmer's Market
Coffee Dates
Play Dates
Lunch Dates
Park Dates
Ice Cream Dates
Pool Parties
Birthday Parties
Neighborhood Gatherings
A Visit to the Firestation
Baseball Games
Baseball Practice
Open Gyms
Kiddie Concerts + Music Classes
Monday Bachelorette Nights
College Roomie Reunion
My DSLR Photo Challenge
Our 5-Year Anniversary Staycation

As you can see, there was a lot that never made the blog!  Mostly because it's impossible to blog about everything, but also because if I blogged about every daily occurrence, I would never get to relish in those moments.  A busy summer it was--and a fabulous one at that!

We went for one final summer treat this evening and these pictures describe perfectly how I want to remember the boys at these ages.

They even cooperated for a selfie.  They must have known Mama was having a hard time with going back.

There's still more I'd like to blog about (that I never got to), but if these next few weeks are anything like the previous years, you'll be lucky to hear from me in September!  Until then, take care!!  And think of me as I'm prepping for and getting to know 100+ new students this year!


  1. Good luck on your first day back!!! I'm sure it's obviously over by now, but I hope it went well! Sounds like you guys had an AMAZING summer and have tons of memories to look back on! I swear it went by SO fast. I still remember your blogging about your date with your husband and having the kids finish the week in daycare. So crazy. Time goes by too fast!

  2. Good luck with a new year! It is nice that you can have that time over the summer with your boys, well appreciated it seems.

  3. We're still in a state of depression over here without you guys, but you're right--it was a GREAT summer! You created so many awesome memories with the boys and I'm glad we got to be a part of some of them too! Hope week 2 is going well!! XOXO

  4. So glad that you and your little guys had such a great summer! Have a wonderful year!