Summer in a Snapshot

I realized I haven't posted anything for a LOOOOOng time. So here's what we've been up to. We went to Hawaii in June with my parents, sis, her husband and their little boy. It was nice to spend some time with family, play in the sand and remind ourselves what "sun" is.

We even stood still long enough for some family photos.

Hood is officially growing up. He's not a baby anymore. I'm not going to say anything more about that, or else I will cry,

Nick built a sandbox in our front yard. Now our house is constantly filled with sand. I think a messy house is the sign of a happy kiddo...or at least that's what I'm telling myself.

Oh, and we've had some fun bonfires. Hood took a moment away from the fire to make a silly face at the camera. I will refer to my earlier comment about him being a big boy.

And no childhood is complete without a couple "no-rules-arting" nights. This is one of many.

We visited Grandma J and Papa Bear in Anacortes and biked up a hill near Deception Pass. Gorgeous day, gorgeous view, nice ride.

This proves what my Dad calls the "50% Rule". If you're having fun 50% of the time, you're having a good time. As is clearly evident in this photo, 60% of us were having a good time, so by definition, we had a good time.

Hood Family Campout in Vernonia, OR was wonderful again this year. Hoodie rocked the parade and now knows that if he waves at strangers in cars, and runs into the street, he will get candy. What are we teaching out kids?

Our friends Matt and Amy renewed their vows at our house a couple weeks back. It was nice to have the yard finally looking decent for the first time in...oh, I don't know...three years?

And that's what we've done this summer. Oh, and I'm working at a company named Artitudes in Issaquah, and I am LOVING it. And I'm not just saying that. And the veggie garden is growing like my dandelions. And life is good!