Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sweet SummerTime

We're really getting into the groove of Summer around here.
Cooking out, being outside, time on the lake, camping and the list goes on.

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, there are a ton of things still left on our bucket list left to do but we'll be marking things off of the list.
Just like spending more time on the water and rides on the boat.

We spent this past weekend at my in-laws house.
We drove up after work and enjoyed a sunset cruise.
I'm pretty big on Shelby's 7pm bedtime, but we're at the point that on the weekends we can be a little more flexible.
We're able to stretch her until about 9pm....maybe 9:30pm.
(Of course, it was different on our trip to Florida)
 Even Mr. Buddy loves a sunset cruise.
Really, he just enjoys any ride on the pontoon.
Funny for a dog that had to literally be dragged down the boat dock just 5-years ago.
We're so lucky to have Brad's parents keep Buddy on a regular basis for us when we leave town.
We call it 'going to camp' for him.
 A Friday night boat ride wouldn't be a complete without a few cocktails.
She's fascinated with any bottle.
Beer, water, anything.
 This year, Summer also means a lot of trips to Dan Nicholas Park near the lake house.
Such a hidden gem.
If you recall, this is where we camped a month ago.
Saturday we took Shelby back over there for a ride on the train, carousel and a little time on the playground.
All of which have become favorites of hers.
 Then back on the water......
 Shelby is doing incredibly well for only 18-months if I might say so.
Brad has done a good job working with her in the water.
Pretty amazing just how fearless she is.
 Of course, something to be careful of too.
 Our next camping trip is on the books.
We're headed West to Pisgah and explore all the waterfalls in and around Brevard.
I just love this area of Western NC, and am happy to be able to introduce Shelby and Brad to it.

So, giving that, Brad did a little tidying up the camper.
Shelby was all about helping too.
 Summer also means working and helping in Grammy's garden.
 This is Shelby's first year to experience the garden.
She seemed pretty intrigued.
 It's crazy to think that back when I was a kid I was embarrassed that my parents had a garden.
I always wondered why we couldn't just buy our produce from the grocery store like other people.
Boy, have times changed....
I love fresh, home-grown veggies.
 Shelby helped pick zucchini and squash.
 She was pretty excited.
 Summer also means more time at the pool.
The pool actually is better to teach Shelby how to swim versus the lake.
She seems to like it better too.
This past weekend was her first real time wearing a Puddle Jumper and boy was her Daddy proud!
 Sweet Summer Time.
Can't wait to make even more memories in the weeks to come!


Allena said...

Yay for summer! Drew doesn't get much water time because Trent doesn't really like it. I think we need to split them up some because Drew LOVES the water!

donatelli98 said...

So fun! So great that you are teaching her to swim at an early age. Best investment at the Donatelli house.

Sarah O said...

That picture of Shelby and the bottles is too funny. Looks like you will have a swimmer before you know it.

Anonymous said...

I laughed when I first saw the picture of Shelby picking up the beer bottles. Haha, not yet! She looks so cute in her pink overalls and all the pictures of her in the pool at the end are just so sweet :) Gotta love this beautiful weather!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

I love it! Embracing summer at its finest.

Fran @ Sassy Southern Bride said...

Isn't it funny now to think of the things that used to embarrass us as kids? I had to laugh that the garden used to embarrass you! Shelby is a beautiful girl, and growing fast.

Rachel said...

LOVE those pink overalls!!

Mandy said...

Her little overalls are so sweet!

starnes family said...

I love the many adventures you provide to Shelby. That's what life is all about!

Monica said...

Grammy has a great garden! Lyla gardens at school and I'm thankful for that b/c I am not sure I could keep the plants alive. I think it's so cool for them to grow their own vegetables and then eat them.