The Summer Adventures

Well folks, it's a wrap. Summer, that is. I'm not going to lie... I'm a little heartbroken that it's over and I'm pretty sure I'm going to have a harder time with the first day of school than Spencer is. Going into the summer, I knew a few things... I knew that I wanted to make it one to remember, I knew that I didn't want to work, and I knew that I wanted as few plans as possible... and more adventures than we even thought feasible. I think I succeeded. Following is the evidence that I sure tried my hardest! 

Without further ado... here you have it: The Summer Adventures of Sprout and MoMo. All FIFTY of them! 


The Prequel: Some parents let their kids see "Jurassic World" ... We make our kids live it.


The Prequel: Some parents let their kids see "Jurassic World" ... We make our kids live it.

Summer Adventure No. 1: Splashing. One won't get near the puddle, one won't leave the puddle. Typical.


Summer Adventure No. 1: Splashing. One won't get near the puddle, one won't leave the puddle. Typical.

Summer Adventure No. 2: The Library. We now have three card holders in this house! The first checkouts? "Encyclopedia Horrifica" and "The One and Only Ivan." A study in contrasts, that one.


Summer Adventure No. 2: The Library. We now have three card holders in this house! The first checkouts? "Encyclopedia Horrifica" and "The One and Only Ivan." A study in contrasts, that one.

Summer Adventure No. 3: Swim Time at the Y! With both kids. Solo. Any tips on how to get them from the pool through the soaking wet family changing room that has no where to put your stuff and into the car would be greatly appreciated! Seriously.


Summer Adventure No. 3: Swim Time at the Y! With both kids. Solo. Any tips on how to get them from the pool through the soaking wet family changing room that has no where to put your stuff and into the car would be greatly appreciated! Seriously.

Summer Adventure No. 4: Rock Climbing!! 50 feet high and climbing. (I didn't go that high...that's just crazy!)


Summer Adventure No. 4: Rock Climbing!! 50 feet high and climbing. (I didn't go that high...that's just crazy!)

Summer Adventure No. 5: Kickin' it old school. It's safe to say that he's not a natural.


Summer Adventure No. 5: Kickin' it old school. It's safe to say that he's not a natural.

Summer Adventure No. 6: "Town Passport" ... A quest through six historical sites in town, looking for six golden boxes. Collect all six stamps, and you win a prize!!


Summer Adventure No. 6: "Town Passport" ... A quest through six historical sites in town, looking for six golden boxes. Collect all six stamps, and you win a prize!!

Summer Adventure No. 7: First Movie for Mo.


Summer Adventure No. 7: First Movie for Mo.

Summer Adventure No. 8: Discovering "baby beach" for the first time... Ever! I can't believe it's taken me six years to bring S here.


Summer Adventure No. 8: Discovering "baby beach" for the first time... Ever! I can't believe it's taken me six years to bring S here.

Summer Adventure No. 9: Strawberry Picking!! (I feel overwhelmed by the field too, Spencer.)


Summer Adventure No. 9: Strawberry Picking!! (I feel overwhelmed by the field too, Spencer.)

Summer Adventure No. 10: The Carnival!! Amusement Rides, Fair Food, A Midway... And A Bouncer!


Summer Adventure No. 10: The Carnival!! Amusement Rides, Fair Food, A Midway... And A Bouncer!

Summer Adventure No. 11: Pool Party!! Cannonball!! Kind of.


Summer Adventure No. 11: Pool Party!! Cannonball!! Kind of.

Summer Adventure No. 12: East Beach.


Summer Adventure No. 12: East Beach.

Summer Adventure No. 13: Michael's "Passport to Adventure" summer crafting series.


Summer Adventure No. 13: Michael's "Passport to Adventure" summer crafting series.

Summer Adventure No. 14: My friend Kate taught the boys how to catch sand crabs at the beach today. I had no idea these guys even existed! I always thought those were little pebbles rolling over my feet when the wave went out. Guess what?! NOT. PEBBLES.


Summer Adventure No. 14: My friend Kate taught the boys how to catch sand crabs at the beach today. I had no idea these guys even existed! I always thought those were little pebbles rolling over my feet when the wave went out. Guess what?! NOT. PEBBLES.

Summer Adventure No. 15: Afternoon Movie Marathon.


Summer Adventure No. 15: Afternoon Movie Marathon.

Summer Adventure No. 16: Minions Movie Opening Day. (Alternate title... Mama Be Crazy!! Let me tell you, I won't do *that* again! Sheer insanity and a packed/sold out theatre.)


Summer Adventure No. 16: Minions Movie Opening Day. (Alternate title... Mama Be Crazy!! Let me tell you, I won't do *that* again! Sheer insanity and a packed/sold out theatre.)

Summer Adventure No. 17: Tending the Goats at the CSA Farm.


Summer Adventure No. 17: Tending the Goats at the CSA Farm.

Summer Adventure No. 18: Water Party! What a great way to spend one of the hottest days of the summer. (So far.)


Summer Adventure No. 18: Water Party! What a great way to spend one of the hottest days of the summer. (So far.)

Summer Adventure No. 19: Making new friends at a sweet girl's birthday party! (Also, indoor splash parks are *awesome*)


Summer Adventure No. 19: Making new friends at a sweet girl's birthday party! (Also, indoor splash parks are *awesome*)

Summer Adventure No. 20: The Arcade! (No rest for the weary Mama!)


Summer Adventure No. 20: The Arcade! (No rest for the weary Mama!)

Summer Adventure No. 21: Fabric Shopping!! Huh. I don't think they are enjoying this adventure nearly as much as I am.


Summer Adventure No. 21: Fabric Shopping!! Huh. I don't think they are enjoying this adventure nearly as much as I am.

Summer Adventure No. 22: Ice Cream Truck!! I was just saying that we hadn't seen a truck all summer... And then today... Ta-da! Jokes on me though since they had dessert with lunch too.


Summer Adventure No. 22: Ice Cream Truck!! I was just saying that we hadn't seen a truck all summer... And then today... Ta-da! Jokes on me though since they had dessert with lunch too.

Summer Adventure No. 23: Needle Felting. A stormy Monday calls for some crafting time. For one kiddo at least. The other one is too busy screaming every time there is a rumble. Do they make thunder shirts for kids?!


Summer Adventure No. 23: Needle Felting. A stormy Monday calls for some crafting time. For one kiddo at least. The other one is too busy screaming every time there is a rumble. Do they make thunder shirts for kids?!

Summer Adventure No. 24: The skate park. With the big kids, and without any wipeouts.


Summer Adventure No. 24: The skate park. With the big kids, and without any wipeouts.

Summer Adventure No. 25: A visit to the new children's library in the next town over. It was absolutely incredible. One of the best spaces I've seen in the area.


Summer Adventure No. 25: A visit to the new children's library in the next town over. It was absolutely incredible. One of the best spaces I've seen in the area.

Summer Adventure No. 26: Story Hour with Miss Joan. A favorite tradition.


Summer Adventure No. 26: Story Hour with Miss Joan. A favorite tradition.

Summer Adventure No. 27: Making it to the dock in the center of the lake. See him?!?


Summer Adventure No. 27: Making it to the dock in the center of the lake. See him?!?

{Not an actual numbered adventure... but I love this photo too much not to include it!}


{Not an actual numbered adventure... but I love this photo too much not to include it!}

Summer Adventure No. 28: back-to-school shopping! Yes, I am actually counting it. New year, new school... Lots to be excited about. Not to mention the fact that everything he needed (even his lunchbox) fits in that backpack and was only a fraction of what last year's supplies cost! Woot!


Summer Adventure No. 28: back-to-school shopping! Yes, I am actually counting it. New year, new school... Lots to be excited about. Not to mention the fact that everything he needed (even his lunchbox) fits in that backpack and was only a fraction of what last year's supplies cost! Woot!

Summer Adventure No. 29: Geocaching!! Today we tackled two micro caches... Including a "mystery" cache (where you need to solve the problem to get the cache coordinates). It was soooo hard to find this teeny, tiny one! (Yes, that is Sprout's hand.)


Summer Adventure No. 29: Geocaching!! Today we tackled two micro caches... Including a "mystery" cache (where you need to solve the problem to get the cache coordinates). It was soooo hard to find this teeny, tiny one! (Yes, that is Sprout's hand.)

Summer Adventure No. 30: A weekend in the mountains with friends! Late to the countdown because it took a few days to download photos... But I wanted to include it in the adventures! Also, this marks Sprout's 14th state that he's visited!


Summer Adventure No. 30: A weekend in the mountains with friends! Late to the countdown because it took a few days to download photos... But I wanted to include it in the adventures! Also, this marks Sprout's 14th state that he's visited!

Summer Adventure No. 31: Picnic on The Bay.


Summer Adventure No. 31: Picnic on The Bay.

Summer Adventure No. 32: Green Animals Topiary Garden. This spot has been on my "summer list" for four years. We are finally getting to it. I'm efficient like that.


Summer Adventure No. 32: Green Animals Topiary Garden. This spot has been on my "summer list" for four years. We are finally getting to it. I'm efficient like that.

Summer Adventure No. 33: Bumper Boats!! It was Mo's first time... And not only was he a natural... He's relentless! (He's also got amazing aim, much to Doug's dismay.)


Summer Adventure No. 33: Bumper Boats!! It was Mo's first time... And not only was he a natural... He's relentless! (He's also got amazing aim, much to Doug's dismay.)

Summer Adventure No. 34: Water Play! An afternoon outside with all the water toys. (And an Adirondack chair for me!)


Summer Adventure No. 34: Water Play! An afternoon outside with all the water toys. (And an Adirondack chair for me!)

{Another image I just had to include!}


{Another image I just had to include!}

Summer Adventure No. 35: Going out for "real" Korean food... And "not the stuff Mama makes." 😂 (exact wording from sprout's list of things to do) And a kimchi eating competition somehow happened too.


Summer Adventure No. 35: Going out for "real" Korean food... And "not the stuff Mama makes." 😂 (exact wording from sprout's list of things to do) And a kimchi eating competition somehow happened too.

Summer Adventure No. 36: Yet another movie... This time "Shaun the Sheep"! Perfect match for a day of rain!


Summer Adventure No. 36: Yet another movie... This time "Shaun the Sheep"! Perfect match for a day of rain!

Summer Adventure No. 37: Donation Day! One car load of toys brought to the consignment store, one load of toys brought to the Salvation Army... And most importantly, six handmade pillowcases donated to the fabric store for youth in shelters!


Summer Adventure No. 37: Donation Day! One car load of toys brought to the consignment store, one load of toys brought to the Salvation Army... And most importantly, six handmade pillowcases donated to the fabric store for youth in shelters!

Summer Adventure No. 38: Del's! (Alternate title: only in ri...) Today's flavor selections were grapefruit and blueberry.


Summer Adventure No. 38: Del's! (Alternate title: only in ri...) Today's flavor selections were grapefruit and blueberry.

Summer Adventure No. 39: After Dinner Ice Cream Trip! (This adventure was made sweeter by the fact that it was paid for by dog sitting!)


Summer Adventure No. 39: After Dinner Ice Cream Trip! (This adventure was made sweeter by the fact that it was paid for by dog sitting!)

Summer Adventure No. 40: The Favorite Playground Tour. We made it to all our favorite playgrounds, near and far!


Summer Adventure No. 40: The Favorite Playground Tour. We made it to all our favorite playgrounds, near and far!

Summer Adventure No. 41: Cousin Time!!


Summer Adventure No. 41: Cousin Time!!

Summer Adventure No. 42: Freshly made donuts! Mmm.


Summer Adventure No. 42: Freshly made donuts! Mmm.

Summer Adventure No. 43: The Zooooooo. Always a favorite destination for S. M can take it or leave it. Go figure.


Summer Adventure No. 43: The Zooooooo. Always a favorite destination for S. M can take it or leave it. Go figure.

Summer Adventure No. 44: The Movies.... Yet again. This time, in 3D! (And with Daddy.)


Summer Adventure No. 44: The Movies.... Yet again. This time, in 3D! (And with Daddy.)

Summer Adventure No. 45: Setting up his *own* fish tank... While I realize that he really is growing up in the wrong decade. Look at those color choices!


Summer Adventure No. 45: Setting up his *own* fish tank... While I realize that he really is growing up in the wrong decade. Look at those color choices!

Summer Adventure No. 46: The Place That Shall Not Be Named. (Chuck E. Cheese) I can't even believe I got talked into this. It's the item on the list I put off the longest.... And today I caved. Can I at least be proud that we made it 6+ years before entering?!


Summer Adventure No. 46: The Place That Shall Not Be Named. (Chuck E. Cheese) I can't even believe I got talked into this. It's the item on the list I put off the longest.... And today I caved. Can I at least be proud that we made it 6+ years before entering?!

Summer Adventure No. 47: The Sandbar with Friends! Four hours hanging in the fresh air with old-friends-from-daycare turned new-school-friends.


Summer Adventure No. 47: The Sandbar with Friends! Four hours hanging in the fresh air with old-friends-from-daycare turned new-school-friends.

{And the view from the sandbar. It's hard to believe we live here some days.}


{And the view from the sandbar. It's hard to believe we live here some days.}

Summer Adventure No. 48: Pen Palin'!! While it was so much more work for me than it was for him, Spencer has started two pen pal relationships!


Summer Adventure No. 48: Pen Palin'!! While it was so much more work for me than it was for him, Spencer has started two pen pal relationships!

Summer Adventure No. 49: Meeting Interweb friends in real life! How fortuitous that they vacationed mere miles from us!


Summer Adventure No. 49: Meeting Interweb friends in real life! How fortuitous that they vacationed mere miles from us!

Summer Adventure No. 50: The Grand Finale. A blanket fort the size of our living room, a double feature (Night at the Museum 1&2), lunch from our favorite cafe, and kite flying. And that's a wrap on Summer 2015. (I'm so incredibly sad!!)


Summer Adventure No. 50: The Grand Finale. A blanket fort the size of our living room, a double feature (Night at the Museum 1&2), lunch from our favorite cafe, and kite flying. And that's a wrap on Summer 2015. (I'm so incredibly sad!!)


Aaaand... that sums up summer. I didn't realize when it was all going down exactly how many movies were watched and how many treats were consumed... but I guess that is what made up our "lazy days of summer!" It sure was a blast, regardless of the adventure. (And there were so many other fun things that I didn't document! Bike rides, backyard play, shopping adventures, lunches out... the list goes on and on!) 

While I'm incredibly sad that summer is [unofficially] over, Fall promises to bring amazing things our way as well... More to come on that soon. But now, I need to get to bed because that alarm is going to go off way too early tomorrow!