Starting off the crazy busy summer

For me, busy, well, it’s normal. So though I’m use to being a busy person, I must admit this summer is off to an early start – and has been nothing but busy.

hope-tyler.jpgFAMILY VISITS
In May we enjoyed having Jason’s family in town. His brother Adam and Tyler visited for about two weeks. Overall Hope enjoyed her time with her cousin Tyler, who is only about a year younger than her. They got to visit quite a few of the theme parks, but unfortunately due to doctor’s orders I couldn’t be there – so for me the most memorable moment was the trip we all took to the beach. The kids enjoyed the waves, building sand castles, and running around having fun. You can view some photos from Adam and Tyler’s visit here. We also had the pleasure of having Jason’s youngest brother Josh and his wife Chelsie in town. You can view some photos from Josh and Chelsie’s visit here.

Just a week after taking a break from all the fun of family visiting we opened our doors to my niece, Justice, who’s almost nine. She’ll be visiting us for a few weeks so her and Hope can enjoy some of the summer together. Thus far most of her time here has been spent coloring, swimming, or taking trips to Hope’s gymnastics lessons. The girls are also enjoying reading, singing, dancing, and chasing love bugs! The girls have fallen sympathetic to those darn pests that eat the paint off my car as they nearly cry asking me not to hit them with the car. You can check out photos from Justice’s visit here.

Part of the last month being so busy is trying to also keep up with our day to day activities that we have been involved with long before having relatives in town. One of which is Hope’s gymnastics lessons. Hope finished off her second semester of gymnastics with the Little Gym. She’s done exceptional this semester learning lots of new skills. Her favorite is still the balance beam, though she enjoys hanging upside down on the bars! And of course doing flips and cartwheels are all second nature to here these days.

And just as you thought we were busy, I managed to sign Hope up for swim lessons in the midst of the start to our busy summer. Unfortunately gymnastics lessons won’t work with my schedule over the summer so Hope asked if she could do swim lessons again this summer. She was a bit hesitant at first, after having a tough instructor last year. After a little reassurance she got really excited and now she’s in her second week of lessons doing awesome. She’s learning tons of new things and refining some of her skills she learned last summer to include how to swim freestyle, butterfly, and backstroke. We plan to stay in lessons the rest of the summer. Hope enjoys her frequent trips to the pool, even more so because her and her cousin Justice get to have lots of fun swimming and playing in the pool.

For someone like me, who takes pictures probably more often than the paparazzi, I’m sure some of you are wondering if there are more photos. Well, of course there are! For a number of reasons I’ve decided to only show a few of the best photos publicly – but I assure there are a many more awesome photos in flickr. If you’re interested in seeing more you’ll have to join flickr (which is free) and add me as a contact. If I know who you are I’ll likely reciprocate adding you as a contact, and if so you will see the remainder of the photos.

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