How we spent the “last weekend of summer”

Note: This will not really be in essay form, so sorry to all you teachers out there, but I do have lots of visual aids (photos!) so maybe it will still make the grade?

The “last weekend of the summer” is such a misnomer around here, since we are going on at least a week straight of 100+ (usually 105) degree days here in the valley. Yes, it’s true we don’t have humidity, but dang, it is H-O-T!

So our gracious neighbors left for the weekend to go to the desert (where it is actually cooler, believe it or not!), and we had to poolsit catsit for their kitties, which of course meant we had to test out the pool, too. Emma completed her level of swim lessons last week, so she got to show-off a little for Daddy.

Little side note for a second – she is AWESOME in the pool. I was in serious amazement on Friday when they took the kids over to the “big” pool for their last swim lesson. Em jumped off the diving board by herself, no life jacket, no swimmies, nothing! And then she proceeded to swim, over to the lifeguard and side of the pool. Face in the water, stroking, kicking, by herself! It was really something to watch. I think another 2 weeks and she would be full-on swimming laps. It is crazy, but those swim lessons were the best $30 ever spent. (So cheap, too!!)

So anyhow, Daddy got to hang out and see her swim. We ran some errands and just tried to stay cool on Saturday.

Sunday, Uncle Jeff and Wendy invited us down to her Uncle’s beachhouse…soooo nice! So we spent the day at the nice, cool beach. Well, it was still warm, but the water was perfect, big waves, nice breeze. It was heavenly.

Addie pretty much kept it on the sand –


But she was very excited and wished Daddy, Mommy and Emma “Good Luck” when we all tried our hand at boogie-boarding.


Daddy is an “old pro” at this. He got all of the rest of us on boards and helped us get the hang of it.


And guess who is great at it? Yep, our little “fishy.”


I think she even got “rolled” a couple of times and maybe drank a few cups of ocean water – but she really loved it. I am guessing next year she will be out on her own board by herself.

It was so much fun, a lot of hard work, and by the end of the day we all trooped home…exhausted.

Monday was spent mostly taking it easy and recovering. Just soaking up all the Daddy we can get.


I hate it when a holiday falls on a Monday. It messes up our flow and I feel “off” for the rest of the week. And I’m sure the girls will be going through serious “daddy withdrawals” tomorrow.


But it was all so worth it.


7 Responses to “How we spent the “last weekend of summer””

  1. 1 Becky September 4, 2007 at 4:17 am

    It looks like you had a wonderful time together. I admit it looks like so much fun but also so exhausting! I hope the week goes by smoothly for you and the girls, without too much “daddy withdrawl.” Have a great day!

  2. 2 msscatter September 4, 2007 at 4:49 am

    I love that second picture of Addie!!! Looks like you had a great weekend and how could you not with a beach house!

  3. 3 Colleen September 4, 2007 at 5:44 am

    I love all the photos… but I especially love Addie in the hat. That is such a great shot!

  4. 4 Matthew September 4, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Love the photos! “Hi” to Uncle Jeff!

  5. 5 ksmcnulty September 4, 2007 at 9:28 am

    Sounds like a perfect way to send out the summer! Or what most consider the end of summer anyway.

  6. 6 Laura McIntyre September 5, 2007 at 1:32 am

    What a way to end the summer, i so love the last daddy shot – nothing more adorable

  7. 7 Christina September 5, 2007 at 9:56 am

    I somehow missed this post…it just popped up on my Google Reader. Looks like a fabulous weekend. Kudos to your litlle fishies – I think she’s a better swimmer than me!! I’m thinking we’ll do swim lessons for N. next summer.

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