Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer is up and Running!!

Our summer is up and going and it has been busy, but fun!  Luke loves playing outside in the long days with his airplane, riding his bike, and of course playing baseball.




He also started karate and he goes three times a week.  He absolutely loves it and I love watching him.  H is current goal is to be able to test and receive his gold belt later this month.  And I have no doubt he will do it.


We have kept up with going to the Ranger games.  



Luke's collection of baseballs is continuing to grow!  He somehow manages to get at least one ball from a player per game!  We have gone as a family, Josh and Luke have gone during "boys night out", and this Saturday Josh and I will go for a date night.  Luke was excited for the Josh Hamilton Beach Towel giveaway and the Snow Monkey below.





As a Junior Texas Ranger, Luke will be in a parade before a Ranger Game later in August.  We are all super excited about that!

We also had a trip to the water park a couple of weekends ago.  As we were paying to get in we realized that Luke is now tall enough that we must pay full price for him.  The lady at the counter was so excited for Luke and said, "You are tall enough to ride everything!"  I would have been okay with him being a little shorter and thus his ticket a little cheaper.  But, that boy is fearless at the water park and for the first time ever he did the big water slides all by himself!  Sorry, no pictures of of the water park.....we were having too much fun to remember to take them!


Luke is also into arts and crafts this summer.  


That little lizard now lives on my desk.

I took Luke and his best buddy went to the aquarium on day.  The boys had so much fun feeding the sting rays and petting them.  We also saw a turtle that was over 75 years old! 

Luke has also decided to be a movie junkie this summer.  So far, he has watched, Ghostbusters 1 and 2, Back to the Future 1, 2, and 3, Gremlins,  Karate Kid, Goonies, Teen Wolf, and maybe a few others I've missed.  Do you see a theme here?  Yes, he is on an 80s movie kick and we love it!

Last weekend we took our first trip of the season to Ham Orchards and bought some peaches, strawberries, jams, cookies, and of course ice cream!  





Ham peach and strawberry ice cream makes everyone happy!




The summer heat makes me not want to turn the oven or stove on to cook.  So, not many pretty and yummy recipes to post.




I did manage to make the cake above for the fourth of July and it was delicious!  I also made the pops, which are made with blueberries, strawberries, and cheesecake.  Yummy!  (And as you can see...we saw fireworks too!  We went with my Dad and Step-Mom earlier in the week and had a great time.)


But mostly, dinners are looking like this.





I love all kinds of salads, but this yummy fruit salads is perfect for the hot evenings!  Lettuce, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, avocados, and feta.



My hardy hibiscus plants that Daddy gave me several years ago are looking wonderful.  Most mornings we have 10-30 blooms!!




We still have so many fun things planned for the remainder of the summer.  We will be taking some trips to museums, the circus, more trips to the water park, more Ranger games (of course), a zoo trip, and Josh and I will be taking a four day getaway!


Hope you are having a fantastic summer as well!

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