Well summer has sadly come to an end. It was the oldest nanny kids last full week of summer so we made it her week. She picked our daily activities. We checked out a new library, had daily picnics, had a tea party and visited our favorite spots.
We spent one morning making tie dye shirts and it was so fun. All three kids were amazing with the dye. They were also so careful and we didn’t have any mishaps. I was very proud of them. Their shirts turned out awesome!!! We made them for mom and dad and myself. Family tie dye shirts are the best!
My oldest two nanny kids are turning 6 & 8! I can not believe it. This weekend we celebrate them both with a wonderful summer party. The oldest did a luau theme and her brother went with a jungle theme. The kids went on a jungle safari scavenger hunt to find animals in the “jungle.” Then the kids, and adults, played tropical charades! For dinner they had shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, sausage and a table full of themed treats. My nanny boss made the gorgeous cakes, as she does for every party! Nanny nana made the best Hawaiian drink! The entire backyard was transformed with themed tents and crafts for the kids to make! Inside there were two different photo areas, along with props of course! John and i are so blessed to have this amazing extended family in our lives!
I’m so sad summer is coming to an end. The kids are definitely ready for the structure of school but can’t we just do that from home 😂!?
Monday was a little gloomy out so we started our day at the library. It was also a big day because the oldest competed her 2nd reading long. That means she read 32 hours this summer. She is amazing and so determined! Her prize was another chapter book!
They’ve recently added this cool interactive table which kept the little one entertained while the big kids played an educational game on the computer. After they enjoyed some time inside we headed out to the large castle playground.
While at the library i jumped on the app and registered the little one for several story times, a teddy bear day and music classes. The library has so much to offer for children (and adults) of all ages. We are blessed to live in a county with such amazing programs!
Tuesday we found a hidden gem. The weather was very iffy. It was gloomy and lightly raining. It wasn’t supposed to last all morning but it sure wasn’t clearing up fast. The oldest and i were googling indoor activities and we discovered one of our favorite parks has an indoor area. WHAT??? How did we not discover this before? So needless to say we jumped in the car to check out this nature center! It was awesome! Dinosaur themed and so many things to explore. They also had a play area which is exactly what we needed. After we played inside for quite awhile, we went for a hike outside. Very successful day!
Wednesday the weather was beautiful. We decided to pack a lunch and head out for the day. We haven’t been to the playground near the lake in forever so that is where we went!!! Couldn’t ask for a better view while eating lunch!
We ended the week at a small playground on the metro parks trails. We also helped clean up our toys to help mom prepare for this weekends celebration. Another week of summer is gone but we are making the most of the days we have left!
When it’s 100° outside you either play in the water or on the water. We made sure to get our morning workout in bright and early to beat the extremes heat! The morning views were gorgeous! We quick grabbed some coffee and a breakfast sandwich from our favorite shop in town and then it was time to play!
We opted for fishing on the boat, of course. It was hot hot but once you were in the middle of the lake it was tolerable. Sadly I think the fish were hiding from the heat , but a day on the boat is never a waste of a day!
We returned home to a delicious home cooked meal that mom had prepared for us!!! After a nice dinner, we headed home BUT not before stopping for some ice cream at our favorite place. “It’s on the way” 😂
That truly does describe me. Today i was so happy to spend the day on the lake and in my favorite town. My husband and dad went fishing for the day. They set out for perch but ended up catching sheephead, catfish and walley!
Mom and i walked around downtown Vermilion. We stopped at my favorite coffee shop and ran into Allie LaForce. She is from town but she was also miss teen USA, a sports anchor and a sports journalist the NBA and college basketball. She was there with her husband Joe Smith who is a pitcher for the MLB. We talked to both of them for awhile about her pregnancy and their fight to find a cure for Huntington’s disease. They were so sweet and we enjoyed talking to them!
After our breakfast stop we walked around town. We walked through the farmers market, shopped at a local boutique and checked out the chalk walk.
This evening i spent some quality time with the most needy sister ever 🤣. Luckily she is super cute!!!
After a long, but fun day, we all decided salads, pizza and subs sounded like a good idea for dinner. I was so happy to be at the lake for a million dollar sunset. As we were walking back to the house i also noticed the vibrant first quarter moon!!! It’s very rare that i catch a gorgeous sunset and a gorgeous moonrise! It truly was a wonderful day!
This week started off with a lot of rain. The oldest still had swim practice so the littles and i played in the car. Sounds terrible but they actually had fun sitting in the back seat playing. Once it started to monsoon they released the kids a little early. I was as wet as the oldest just from walking to get her. We ran home so she could dry off and put on warm clothes, then we headed to the library. My nanny boy finally reached the half way point of the reading challenge, so he was able to pick a prize from the treasure box. So proud of him!
All 3 of the kids picked out new books for the week. My nanny boy picked a drawing book and he couldn’t wait to get home and draw a robot. Very impressed with his art skills!
This week we worked on potty training with the youngest. She is a few months shy of her 3rd birthday and we have a goal of getting it done before summer break ends. She is doing really great and fingers crossed 🤞 we are nearing the end of diapers!
We ended the week with the swim team championships. I was beyond thrilled it was on Saturday so i could finally see my girl compete. All of her meets have been on Thursday nights when i coach. She did relays, backstroke, butterfly and freestyle. This 7 year old can swim and i am so darn proud of her!!!
Over the 7 weeks of summer i allowed my twirling students to pick weekly themes. They follow a dress code during the competition season but we like to give them a break over the summer and during the holidays. They picked some pretty fun themes and of course we loved seeing their outfits each week!
Storms were all around us tonight! John saw these rare Mammatus clouds outside our window so i grabbed the camera to capture them!
This was just a fun and busy week! I was blessed to spend my day off with my mom and her bestie, Annalee. We met in downtown vermilion and had lunch at Big Ed’s, which is an old fashion phosphates diner. It’s so cute inside! After lunch we walked around and shopped. My dad had an appointment downtown and found us afterwards. Always a nice bonus when i get to see him too! Grabbed an iced coffee from my favorite coffee shop, brewed awakening, and then i was off to get my hair done!
On Wednesday i had my first deva cut! I was so nervous but also excited. It’s a specialized haircut for curly/wavy hair people. It’s a unique way of cutting. They basically cut your hair dry like they are trimming a bush. The stylist has a special certification to be able to do this type of cut. My stylist, Haillee, was awesome! i am so happy with the results and will continue to cut my hair this way!
I captured this beautiful photo at the lake in downtown Berea. My nanny kids and i walked around after a visit to the library. It’s such a beautiful area. We enjoyed watching a large group of people kayaking!!
This weekend my niece, Cally, had her final 9u travel softball games. It’s been one heck of a season and the girls have grown so much. Very proud of them but that number 9 is my favorite!
This week was a mix of iPhone and nikon photos but it was a fun week and all deserves to be shared!
Recently my former swim coach and science teacher passed away. He was a large part of the community and the city honored him with a beautiful dedication ceremony. This is the plaque that is now hanging at the entrance of the city pool.
The house is clean, the laundry is finished, my nails are done, baton paperwork is ready for tryouts and now i can watch a hallmark Christmas movie and get caught up a little on scrapbooking!
Tonight’s full moon from northeast Ohio
This weeks local newspaper hit the stands and guess who made the front page??!! My Pink Ladies Baton Corp! What a fun surprise and honor!