It's been awhile since I've added anything to this
website, and rather than throw a few new pictures at a bunch of old
pages, I thought I'd do one whole new page.
This summer has been busy, although in some respects it's been our
laziest summer in a long time. We enjoyed the official start of
summer, kicked off by a fun party at our former neighbor's house; their
new place has a pool!
Erika wrapped up her semi-weekly trips to the local REI store where she did indoor rock climbing most Wednesdays.
We took a short trip in June to attend Doug's 20th college reunion.
Guess who had the most fun?
The reunion festivities included a luau (I think we were appropriately dressed, right?), fireworks, a parade,
tours, dinners, lectures, karaoke and much more.
Kat even sat in with Doug at the poker table for Casino Night.
Summer warmed up pretty quickly, and Erika got to enjoy her Superman
Slip N Slide (with neighbor Amie) while Doug, Kat and I looked on.
Erika didn't have any organized activities once school was out,
except for Girl Scout camp, which she immensely enjoyed this summer!
The camp theme was "It's a Mystery to Me!" which was right up her
alley, since Erika adores all things detective-related. Her group had a
dog theme, which you might be able to tell from the name of her cabin.
Erika's last few days at camp were the first days of our move.
We moved out of our rental house, moved into a hotel, and simultaneously put in an offer on a house.
After the movers took our stuff to their warehouse, we spent about 3
weeks in a hotel. It was actually a very nice hotel, with 2 bedrooms,
but overall it was a pretty small space for 4 human beings, so of
course Kat decided to 'go mobile' and really learn how to crawl.
Toward the end of our time at the hotel, Doug retired from the Navy.
Here he is summing up his feelings on 20 years serving in the military.
It was a very emotional day.
3 days later, we closed on our first house.
It even has a windmill in the front yard! This picture only shows our neighbors' house and yard, though.
The windmill needs a little TLC. Luckily, our house has room for
a workroom/woodshop for Doug and he's looking forward to this project!
The end of July and most of August were brutally hot. One day, shortly
after closing on our house, Erika was playing in the sprinkler when we
heard some music. Could it be? Really?!
Yes!! An ice cream truck came down our street. Whoo hoo!
At the beginning of August, Kat turned one year old, and enjoyed a celebratory cupcake.
A few days after that, the movers dropped off our stuff. Let the unpacking begin!
Wow, all that unpacking just wore Kat out!
We'll get through all the hard work... all we need is love:
The last days in August, Kat started climbing the stairs - with a little help and safety spotting from Erika.
Kat *can* make it up all by herself, but prefers to have a helping hand.
I'll close out this tale of summer with Erika's congratulatory hug for her little hardworking sister.