That little encounter reminded me, 'Oh yeah. I have a blog.' A blog I love and care about. A space that has helped me record bits of my life and aided me in the process of self reflection. And I won't give up on it.
I have to say, I usually tell people that the transition from zero to one child was harder than anything else, but lately I've realized that having four kids (numbers 3 and 4 back to back!) is pretty friggin intense and basically the hardest thing I've ever done. I really really super duper love it, but holy crap parenthood is no joke.
This summer has been epic. We have had so many family events and various trips that my head is still spinning and my house still recovering. It was a whole lot of fun but honestly, pretty hard on some of the children. As much as I hate to bid farewell to sunny days at the pool and exciting outings, I'm loving the start of fall with its crisp air and promise of fresh beginnings and routine.
Here are a bunch of fun photos to recap the summer and here's hoping for more regular writing and reflecting!
Celebrating 32 with a cruising date to the local taco shop and a ladies' night to Larks...
Penny & Tillie Garden party--absolute blast!
Hiked Roxy Ann with the aunts and cousins...
4th of July parade
Hall Family Reunion in Lincoln City. 32 people in a big giant beach house=awesomeness!
Fulfilling life long dreams of visiting NYC... on the roof of the Met
...and in Heaven aka Mood Designer Fabrics
Cheering Taylor on in his Rolf Prima Triathlon in Cottage Grove
In Portland for Dan and Marisa's wedding...
We love her...a LOT.
Eugene Garden Party...
Visit from Lisa, Janeen, Gretta, and Drew. Best ever!
Ashland Growers Market for all the necessities--basil, carrots, donuts...
Maybe the most fun we've ever had at The Color Run
My first ever camping trip (seriously though) on Labor Day at Howard Prairie. We had the whole campground to ourselves and we were in heaven (until trying to sleep with a baby in a tent...)
Taylor's Lake of the Woods Triathlon and a day at the lake--total bliss.