A perfect beach day!

Life Lately.

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A lot has been going on since we’ve returned home from our Vermont vacation, and it’s been a lot of fun! We’ve settled nicely back into our life at the beach. The husband has been busy with tennis and work-outs, while I’m back at the gym teaching Barre Body classes and working at a sustainable garden. It’s been really nice to have a bit of “me” time every week, especially since it includes vegetables and exercise.

And…. I turned 32 a week and 1/2 ago. I feel older, hopefully wiser too! 

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The boys’ beloved Uncle Chris spent a week visiting during July 4th. Even though he lives on the opposite coast, the boys have a great relationship with him, and I feel like they always pick up where they left off. Chris brought his baseball glove with him, which made Drew VERY happy. My favorite part of his visit was when it got ridiculously hot outside and jumped into the pool, McCoy went to work immediately cooling him off. We look forward to spending a fun week in California with him and Uncle Bryan, Aunt Morg & cousin Bayley!

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Our kitchen re-do is nearly completed. Yesterday was the first day that I could use the oven and the sink. Just waiting on a few things, like backsplash tiles and the island/bar area. And I’ll be painting the dining room this weekend a beautiful “friendly yellow” to match the kitchen’s walls. The flow of everything is so nice, and there is a lot more counter space so the boys can actually both join me in “helping” to prepare food. Stay tuned for a before an after photo when we’re finally finished. We were lucky to have such a great contractor and cabinet/counter top guy. It really makes a difference if you have good people to work with. 

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Over the past few days, the boys have finally become comfortable in the water. This is probably the highlight of the summer {besides of course the kitchen!}. Drew loves wearing his life preserver and floating in the pool by himself, and McCoy actually thinks he can swim. That child has no fear. The husband took them to the Bay beach, where the waves are MUCH smaller, and they had a blast. After four hours, the husband had to convince them to leave, and they both zonked out immediately in the car on the way home. We are just thrilled about their new found love of water, and we’re so proud that they have made huge improvements in such a short amount of time. I was really starting to worry that the summer was going to be long, hot, and not much pool/ocean time… 

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Oh, and maybe the biggest thing recently is that we started Potty Training Bootcamp with Drew, today is day #2. If anyone has done the 3 day method, please let me know how it went….!

{This photo from Vermont of the boys has nothing to do with potty training. It makes me relaxed and that’s exactly what I need right now!!!!!!}

How’s YOUR summer going??

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We miss you Vermont!

Our two week vacation visiting my family in Vermont was GLORIOUS. 

We explored the meadows, picked wild flowers, munched on more cucumbers than I can count, caught lightning bugs {1!}, rode the wagon {a lot}, skipped beach rocks {2 skips is my personal record}, drank heady Vermont beer {thank you Papa!}, hiked mountains {not the big ones unfortunately}, ate local goods thanks to my mama’s packed fridge of meats, cheeses, bread, fruit, & veggies! I spent time with my childhood friends {so much fun to see all my ladies & Jer!}, the boys dug in the dirt, played croquet and baseball, road the ferries, and we all rock climbed. The husband explored the lake paddle boarding & kayaking with my dad. I promised myself that I would put down my phone and pick up my fancy camera at least once a day, and I surprisingly stuck to it! The majority of my photographs from our trip are from my fancy camera! The best part was watching the sunrises and sunsets over the mountains almost every day/night. The weather was PERFECT {besides the first few days of rain at the beginning}, and the boys spent most of their time outdoors. The husband and I even snuck away by ourselves for a few days to help friends celebrate their marriage in Squam Lake {thank you to my parents & sister for babysitting those few days!}. All in all, we had such a great time. 

A special part to the trip was when Amanda of Orchard Cove Photography captured our family. Since I am usually the one snapping photos of the boys, it was nice to be included for a change! Here are a few of my absolute favorites.

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Well hello Vermont! Well hello Vermont! Well hello Vermont! Well hello Vermont! Well hello Vermont! Well hello Vermont! Well hello Vermont!
Life has been a blur lately!!!!!!!
School finished up, we met cousin Bayley, I spent three days at a Barre Body teacher training, and we started our kitchen re-do process!
Very exciting! Life has been a blur lately!!!!!!!
School finished up, we met cousin Bayley, I spent three days at a Barre Body teacher training, and we started our kitchen re-do process!
Very exciting! Life has been a blur lately!!!!!!!
School finished up, we met cousin Bayley, I spent three days at a Barre Body teacher training, and we started our kitchen re-do process!
Very exciting! Life has been a blur lately!!!!!!!
School finished up, we met cousin Bayley, I spent three days at a Barre Body teacher training, and we started our kitchen re-do process!
Very exciting! Life has been a blur lately!!!!!!!
School finished up, we met cousin Bayley, I spent three days at a Barre Body teacher training, and we started our kitchen re-do process!
Very exciting!

Life has been a blur lately!!!!!!!

School finished up, we met cousin Bayley, I spent three days at a Barre Body teacher training, and we started our kitchen re-do process!

Very exciting!

Music Together with McCoy.

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McCoy is 1/2 way through the Spring Semester of his Music Together class with Miss Emily. McCoy LOVES class. And honestly, it’s one of my favorite times of the week too! 

After only 5 classes, I’ve noticed A LOT of growth and changes as to how he interacts with music, even outside of class.

Why McCoy and I think Music Together class is cool:

  • He literally runs into the door to class, and plops down onto the rug waiting for it to begin. He settles right in, and is very comfortable being there.
  • While listening to the CD of songs in the car, he’ll yell when he wants the song changed, or clap happily when he likes the song. 
  • Miss Emily {the teacher} is AMAZING. Her voice is beautiful, and she has this relaxing and calm aura/vibe about her! The kids absolutely adore her, which is great. 
  • At home, McCoy has begun pulling out our musical instruments and playing them by himself {I think he’s going to be a famous harmonica player when he grows up}. 
  • Most of the kids in class are his age {which NEVER happens anywhere else}. 
  • He will bust into song at random times, usually humming a tune that is easily recognized. It’s adorable. I really think he’s going to have a great singing voice!  

Thank you, Miss Emily for such a fun class that McCoy and I can enjoy together!

P.s. Those of you local mamas who haven’t had the pleasure of taking one of these classes, Emily has demo classes coming up as well as the Summer Semester!

Memorial Monday 🇺🇸