What We Did This Summer

So, let me tell you about all of the wonderful knitting, crocheting, craft projects that I did this Summer with a newborn:

None. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Goose. Egg.

Yeah.  I know.  I guess that’s life.    We managed to do a few other things though.  I tried very hard to not let having a newborn slow me down.  It did slow me down more than I would have liked, but not too badly, I don’t think, all things considered.  (In spite of not being able to do anything very crafty other than make milk non-stop.)

So during my maternity leave, we took the kids to the zoo.  It’s not a great zoo, but the weather was perfect, so we wanted to get out and enjoy it.  I was already getting claustrophobic from being home all the time with the little ones, so it was great to get out and take a walk on a beautiful day.  My little penguins all had lots of fun, and they were pooped when they got home, so BONUS!

A Family of Penguins

Riding the Heffalumps

You may recall that we do a camping thing in the Adirondacks every summer.  Every. Summer.  Wilderness camping. In the woods. On an island. Far away from civilization, with nothing but the supplies we can pack in the boat.  Not really my cup of tea, but I do it for the husband and kids.  Wellll, this year I had a 2 month old to think about and I was NOT going to go.  Guess who got guilted into going anyway, because the kiiiiidddddssss willllll misssssss yyoooouuuuu!!!  Moooommmmmmyyyyy, you haaaaavvvveeeee toooo gooooo!! Geez.

So I agreed to go.  BUT.   As a sweetener to entice me to cooperate, my dear husband got me a room.  Oh, yes.  See, the guy we rent our boat from at the launch each year, also runs a bed and breakfast just 1/4 mile off the shore, at his home.  Soooo, while the husband, the grandpa, and the kids all went off to the island, Momma and baby Jo went to the Northern Lights and showered and slept in a comfy bed, and were glad not to be sleeping in the woods.  Each morning they would come back ashore to pick me up, I would spend the day at the camp site, and then before dark each night they would take me back.  Did I mention that Frank was making me a delightful home cooked breakfast with fresh fruits and muffins and other yummies while they were eating camp food?

And guess what?  I didn’t feel the least bit guilty about any of it.

Little Guy in a Fat Suit

Sunset in the Adirondacks

A little later in the Summer, we went to this thing called ‘Creation Fest‘.  It’s kind of like a giant hippie, Woodstock, Christian music festival thing.  It’s set on top of the mountains in Mount Union, Pennsylvania and it’s actually a pretty impressive site to behold.  Look at this picture from the mountain top!  Look at all those people and tents and people!!  It goes on for about 3-1/2 days all told.  We only went on a one day pass because my husband and daughter wanted to see a specific band.

The boys and I just went along for the trip and played at the hotel, which ended up not being so bad since there were GIANT storms on the mountain top that night and it was a rain-soaked, thundery mess.  Kudo’s for the Creation crew though – they got everything back up and running and didn’t lose a lot of time on the schedule in spite of it.  No performances were missed, and everything really came off smoothly.  Very impressive.  We will definitely be going back, and next time I’m NOT staying in the hotel!

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Mike and Anneliese had a REALLY great time.  Anneliese got to meet, hang out, and get her picture taken with several of the bands.  In this one, she’s with Ryan Clark from Demon Hunter, which is the band they had primarily gone to see.

I don’t think a final tally has been made yet, but the day that they were out there, I was hearing on Twitter and FaceBook, numbers somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 thousand people in attendance. Crazy!  I look forward to getting a chance to go in 2013!

Anneliese with Ryan Clark, Demon Hunter

If you’ve been reading for any amount of time at all, you know we do an annual family day at the fair, and that kind of marks the end of Summer for us.  It was madness.  We had the two of us adults, my 15 year old daughter (thank goodness for her help!!) a 6 year old boy, a 3 year old boy, an infant, and a stroller to deal with.  I’m not going to lie. It was not my favorite day of the year.  It was very tiring and very stressful.  I don’t do chaos well.  We ended up renting a wagon for the 6 and 3 because the poor little fella’s were beat from walking and needed some relief.  It was a loooooonnng day.  I didn’t even care that in the chaos, I didn’t get to go to the arts building, which is my favorite.  I just wanted to give the kids happy, happy fun fair time and get outta there!  (This cow licked the baby’s foot.  haha)

Cows Like Baby Feets

The last ‘big event’ of the summer was that my daughter got to go to one of my husbands old club haunts from way back when, on an all-ages show night.  She went to see two bands: August Burns Red, and Of Mice and Men.  Once again, Miss Meet ‘n Greet was able to hang out with and meet the guys from the bands and get her pictures taken with them.  Oh, does she take after her mama.  haha  The pic below is her with her dream boat man, Austin Carlile, the lead screamer/singer from Of Mice and Men.  I’m pretty sure she’s in love.  I guess he is kinda cute.

Anneliese with Austin Carlile, Of Mice and Men

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of the summer was my husbands baptism.  I won’t go on and on about it here, or the significance of it, but if you’re interested, you can always leave a comment and I’ll get back to you by email.  That said, this video that our friend made for us to remember it by was too cool not to share:

SO, that was my not-at-all crafty but still pretty exhausting Summer.  I’m excited that Fall is here now, and it’s time for apples and pumpkins and festivals and baking. Lots and lots of baking.  If only Winter didn’t come right on the heels of it!  So tell me, what did YOU do this Summer?

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