The past few days I've found myself reminiscing about the summer that we had, so I thought I'd document the memories I've made this summer, because, ya know, I haven't put enough on Facebook and Instagram, so they've got to go somewhere... heh. heh.
So here goes... The Baker Family Summer 2015:
One memory that really stands out to me from this summer was going to our play group with St. Mary's Episcopal Church: Itty Bitty Bible Study. Although it runs year round, Olivia and I are only able to go during breaks, but when we do, it's so easy to just slide back into the group, like we never left. These parents and children have become our "tribe," and I have as much fun as Olivia being around them. I learn from them, I enjoy their company, and sometimes, we even talk about Jesus. ;)
|Whether "big" kids or little like her, Olivia loves being around this group. She is so comfortable with them, and they all treat her with so much kindness.|
|We could have also called it Itty Bitty Snack Club, because someone was always sharing snacks of some kind!|
|You can't see it very well because it's mostly hidden under her arm, but one thing that really helped Olivia start sleeping independently was Baby, with whom she sleeps every night.|
|Olivia picks a grape tomato off the vine to snack on it while I work.|
|My mom and her brother. He's gonna love this shot.|
|Although they spoke no English and we no Korean, it was a lovely evening. It was a honor to share a meal with them.|
|Olivia Mae Anne at 10 months and April Violet at 2 years|
Speaking of friends, Olivia has quite a few now, especially in the boy department! ;) Seems as though many of my friends had boys within a year of Olivia's birth, and they connected this summer as well. Meet Owen, Marco, and Patrick!
|Owen's mom, McKenzie, and I went to Pacific together. Isn't he adorable?!|
|Patrick is about a month and a half older than Olivia, and his mom and I chaperoned a church youth pilgrimage to England together in 2012. Olivia shared Baby with him, and also stole most of his grapes.|
|Marco's mommy is one of my best friends, and we're secretly hoping he and Olivia get married so we can actually be sisters. That's how it works, right?|
|I actually AM running here, you just can't tell. I walked 10 steps at the top of the butte, but ran the rest of the way. Not that I was counting, or anything.|
|Olivia in my great-grandmother's rocking chair. It has been passed to the eldest daughter in our lineage since then.|
|Hydrangeas from our garden. My favorite flower.|
|This one makes me laugh every time. Every. Time. Our dog is such a dork.|
|Lightning over Park City Utah. Messed with the shutter speed to capture it.|
|Sunrise in Park City.|
|Olivia watching the ski jumpers in Park City. I love this photo of her. I think it perfectly captures her personality.|
|Dinner on our last night.|
|The Bonneville Salt Flats in Nevada. Or, ya know, Olivia in the snow in tank top and shorts. You decide.|
|Fort Rock, in Oregon, on the way back. The little rocks were way better you guys.|
|Saw this little guy just hanging by someone's porch at our resort on my way back from shooting the sunrise. He hopped off the moment after I took this, and I didn't see any rabbits that close again.|
|We went to the Olympic park and watched people doing ski jump trick practice. So awesome.|
|Not the best place for a photo, and we trusted a stranger to the photo, hence the bad framing, but we hiked up around this area after having the best waffle I've ever had from a snack shack at 7000 feet elevation.|
- Working on knitting Olivia's blanket. No, I'm not done. Yes, I'm close. But not that close.
- Olivia's swim lessons and swimming a couple of times this summer. She loves the water now, because of her swim lessons, and I have developed a love of the pool because of her joy in being in the water. Bath time has gotten a lot more fun as a result, too.
- Olivia started daycare, which we call school. So of course, we had to buy her a new lunch box and backpack. Which is adorable.
- Spending time at night with Rob, just talking, like we used to do when we were first together. One night we stayed up chatting until almost midnight. It was so fun.
- Little chunks of time in my classroom. After this past year, I was afraid I'd never want to teach again. I was so tired, and so burnt out from trying to both mother and teach. But as the summer wore on, I stepped back into my classroom and was reminded of the passion I have for teaching. And people have stepped up for me and watched Olivia for an hour here, 2 hours there, so I could go in and do my thing. I'm really excited for school to start.
- Dinners on the porch, and fires in our fire pit. Oregon is an extraordinary place. We spent so much time outside this summer, and I loved it.
- Our early summer trip to Florence and Woahink Lake. We tried to go to the beach, and it was freezing, foggy, and windy. I know what you're thinking: "Florence? In June? No way..." But it's true. So we drove a little bit north and a tiny bit east, and it was sunny and 68. Perfect.
- Getting to know our neighbors. The house next to ours is a rental, but the "kids" (you know, they're like 23...) who live there are really sweet people, and we've shared garden harvests all summer, watched one another's houses during vacation times, and chatted in the driveway. It's nice to have nice neighbors.
- Helping my sister and her boyfriend move into their new apartment. It was nice to help them since they've helped us so often.