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Summer Recap

I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will never be caught up on blogging. So much happened this summer! Rather than trying to figure out how to blog it all in detail, here’s a giant summer recap. Lazy much? Why, yes I am. We had such a great time the past few months that I’m kind of disappointed that I didn’t take the time to record it all here, but honestly, we were just too busy having fun. I think the only two events below that I have blogged are the two beach trips. Other than that, they’ve all been neglected until now. So here’s our summer at a glance.

Beach trip with Auntie & Cora. You know I love Southwest Florida beaches. We had a blast.

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A trip to Downtown Disney. Lincoln was a big fan of the T-Rex cafe and of course these giant Lego characters.

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A week in Marco Island with my family. Swimming, beach time, & the entire family together? Lincoln was in heaven.

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One of the perks of being a Central Floridian is all the parks, of course. We spent many afternoons at Sea World and Aquatica. We really have gotten our money’s worth out of season passes. The other great thing is that we have several friends and family members who also have passes, so we always have companions to come along with us. Lincoln has been obsessed with Sea World for a while, but when we introduced him to Aquatica this hot summer, he found a new love.

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I had the opportunity to go to Honduras with my church in July. Honduras is just crazy beautiful and filled with the sweetest people you could hope to meet. God really used that week to solidify some things He’d been working on in my life and heart, and I feel blessed that I was able to have that experience. I need to take the time to blog about the whole trip, because it was so inspiring and a big landmark on the spiritual journey that I’ve been on for the last 3 years or so.

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We took a trip to Dinosaur World with one of Lincoln’s little buddies.

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Lincoln has recently discovered how much fun the library can be. He gets really excited when I let him choose books to check out, and he’s finally old enough to sit still (kind of) for story time. This particular trip was special because the local fire department came for a visit.

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After a full circle afternoon where we stood in Florida Hospital one year after Mike’s surgery and heard how perfect his health is, we took Lincoln for a celebratory walk around Lake Eola and then to dinner. When we got to the lake, our walk turned into a ride on the swan boats. Once he saw the swans, there was no going back. He didn’t seem to mind that it was precisely 1,000,000 degrees on that July afternoon; he just wanted to ride the famous swans.

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One of our favorite things to do is just explore and walk. Lake County has so many beautiful lakes and parks. We never tire of visiting them and checking out nature. On this trip, we saw two different kinds of turtles, a raccoon, an alligator, and tons of birds.

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His first bowling trip. I am not exaggerating when I say that he never quit playing the entire two hours. I’m not sure how his arm didn’t fall off. He threw that ball soooo many times.

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I’m a little obsessed with our new yard and neighborhood. While our home needs lots of love and updating, the yard and neighborhood are everything I’ve ever dreamed of. We have a short walk to a lake that’s perfect for walking, running, & biking. Our afternoons spent outside as a family have become my favorite times we share.

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I got to take a trip to Chicago with my momma. Well, kind of with her. She was in meetings a lot, but we did get some time to hang out. It was my first visit to the Windy City, and I have to say that I am a fan, and I can’t wait to go back.

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It wouldn’t be a Florida summer without some time spent on the boat. My little guy is such a water kid. He took his first boat ride when he was 3 months old, and he’s been hooked ever since.

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Back yard shenanigans. Who doesn’t love a little shaving cream fun?

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I got a nice little weekend away at St Pete beach to celebrate the 30th birthday of one of my sweet friends. We sat on the beach, ate kid-free meals, stayed out late, and oh yeah…rode Segways.

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The pool deserves its own paragraph. My husband and little boy have logged so many pool hours this summer. You wouldn’t believe how much fun they have together swimming. Speaking of swimming, Mike taught Lincoln! The progress he made from the beginning of the summer to the end is insane. Mike was a great teacher. It became their evening ritual to get in the pool after dinner and stay until bed time (or past bed time many days). If the skies were lightning free, these two were in the water. I loved watching them play together. They have quite the bond. Lincoln certainly inherited his daddy’s love (borderline obsession) with all things water related.

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So there’s a peek at our summer. It was filled with the beach, water, great outdoors, traveling, & friends. Just the way we like it!

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