Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Rest of Summer

I truly thought I would do more blogging this summer. Apparently having five kids at home all day, everyday, makes it difficult to sit down at the computer and do this. After reviewing which pictures I wanted to use, I also discovered, I don't really have that many. I guess when I'm not taking a picture a day, it's easy to forget to grab the camera. In short, this summer was mainly about hanging out at the pool during the week and working on the house. The house took up a huge amount of time, so an update on that will follow this post. 

 We didn't do much sports wise for the kids this summer. I wasn't sure how much time I would have or how to manage schedules, so we kept it simple. Annaliese did t-ball, Hailey did track and both Hailey and Jackson did golfing again. Hailey met a friend, Nika, at golf. They hit it off really well and it made a huge difference for Hailey to have a friend to golf with. Next year they'll do intermediate and hopefully I will be able to make it to the course more to "practice" with them.
Piper has continued to GROW! She's walking now, finally, but still has her chunky little legs. This is one of my favorite pictures of her. I say, "Raise your hand if you're cute?!" and she raises it really high. Yes, she's definitely cute!
My brother, Ronnie, made it home from Afghanistan. We are so happy to have him home safe and sound!

We made it to the end of July and had the Westendorf family reunion. Hailey was on vacation with my sister and fiance, so she missed it. It was very hot and sticky, but we had a nice time with everyone. Annaliese is always up for a picture with a great smile.

Before I knew it, the kids were back to school. Starting school in the middle of August makes for a short summer. Hailey is in 5th grade, Jackson is 3rd grade and Annaliese is 1st grade. They all love their teachers. It's nice to have a regular schedule again.
I hosted Michelle's bridal shower at our house, in spite of it being a construction zone. Elke was the co-host and she was a huge help with everything. We tried to dress it up as much as possible. The deck was done, so we had everything except the food outside. I had a huge picture of Michelle and Dustin in a frame and everyone signed the mat around it. I think that was her favorite part. It was a great success, I just wish the house would have been done before the shower. All in good time.

Later that day, we had Anderson's birthday part at the house. I figured I had it all ready so why not? This was a neat picture of Jackson giving Anderson a baseball he had bought for him. He had the whole family sign it ahead of time, very thoughtful. Anderson is 5 now!

The very next weekend, Elke and I headed to Minneapolis for Michelle's Bachelorette party weekend. We had a lot of fun. I wish I would have taken more pictures. This was the first night before everyone arrived. Another one of Michelle's friends took most of the pictures. We did everything from Lawn Bowling to the Twins game. A great weekend!
Finally, Anderson started his second year of preschool. He has met some new friends and really likes his class. Even though he turned five before the deadline for preschool, I just couldn't see him being ready for it.  So, three days a week for 2.5 hours, it's just me and the Pipe! 
That's the summer wrap up. Hopefully, I will be better about blogging, but we know how that goes. I need to make it part of my weekly schedule. Of course, we're in full swing with fall sports and that brings it's own challenges for my weekly schedule. For now though, I'm trying to just enjoy the chaos~
~ Misty

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

I love the updates! The shower was wonderful, your kids are so stinking cute, and I'll keep my fingers crossed that you're in the house before the holidays! See you all this weekend!