We had a great summer this year. I feel like we were never home. We spent time at the water park, at playgroup, and doing all sorts of other fun things. Here are some of the highlights.
Fourth of July
Grandma and Grandpa Atkinson and Emily came to our house for the weekend of the 4th of July. On Emily's birthday, July 3, we all went over to Kirk's parents house. Their neighborhood has a big fireworks party ever year. Everyone pools their fireworks so they have a big fireworks show. It was a lot of fun. After the fireworks were over, we all went inside and had birthday cake.
In July, Robby was able to go to his second cub-scout day camp. They needed drivers, so I got to go with him. He loves scout camp and I love getting to watch him. I am always impressed with how good of a kid he is.
In July, he also had his Rain gutter Regatta. He did great. He came in second, and actually didn't lose any races, except for the last one. He was a good sport and had lots of fun.
In August, Robby earned his Bear and his Religious Knot. He works so hard at scouts. We are very proud of him.
24th of July
One of our favorite things to do in the summer is to go to Grandma and Grandpa Atkinson's for the 24th of July. The town has a parade and a BBQ.
For playgroup one day, we went to the Splash Pad. The kids had a great time playing and splashing in the water.
On another playgroup day, we went to Salem Pond. We have been there many times and played at the park, but we have never really played in the sand and the water before. I wasn't really prepared for the kids to get sandy and wet, but they did anyway. Zoe was wading in the water. I told her to not get her clothes wet. About two seconds later she was soaked from head to toe. Robby liked playing in the sand and building sand castles. He was a little frustrated that the little kids kept knocking his sand castles down though, so a couple weeks later, the three of us went back and played again, with mom much more prepared this time.
Hiking to the Grotto
One evening, towards the end of the summer, we went as a family and hiked to the Grotto. It is such a great hike. We love to do it every year because it is easy enough for Zoe, but still lots of fun. We went kind of late, so it was really cold. Zoe was not too happy about the cold water, but still had fun throwing rocks in the water. It rained on us on our way back to the car, but we still had a good time.