I can’t believe we’re already on the tail end of summer!!! July was a busy month… I only posted once a week, so to make up for it, here are 13 random happenings from the past month… a little of this and that…
1. We made Kale Chips.
They weren’t too bad. My Mom can eat them like potato chips, but Joey and I could only stomach one each. They are just so dense! Yes, they are very good for you, but I’d rather have kale in my smoothie. They are very easy to make tho – we picked the kale from the garden, cleaned them, added some oil and seasoning, cooked um, and ta-da, chips!
2. We went on a Bug Hunt!
Avery, Grampy, and I walked around the house for bugs.
We found some crickets, a slug, a moth, a centipede thing… oh and a snake!
Grampy handled the catching (with a fish net, you know, the kind you use for a home fish tank), and Avery watched in wonder… pointing, giggling, laughing, smiling.
Avery was soooo intrigued by the snake! It was a tiny garter snake.
We must have sat for an hour watching it, giving it sticks and grass to wind around.
When we let the snake go, it slithered away and Avery chased it, so cute!
3. We watched the Brain Freezer
Our friend from high school and her husband (shout out to Izzy and Alex) put on their second annual 5K race in Burlington, and we went to watch. Why didn’t we run? Well, for this race, you run 1.5 miles, eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, and run 1.5 miles back. It was fun to watch but we couldn’t stomach doing it! If you do, check out The Brain Freezer 5K Website!
While we waited for the runners to come back, we took in the views (Lake Champlain)…
And played at the park (Battery Park, Burlington).
After we watched the runners come in – Avery was cheering and clapping – he’s such a good sportsman! Then it was off to the waterfront for a picnic.
4. Avery’s First Shave.
Avery’s gotta do everything Grampy does, so when he heard Grampy needed to shave one night… well, he just had to join in!
First, they lathered up…
And Avery shaved too! (We had a fake razor in Avery’s Play-Doh set, which worked great)
5. We got invited to TWO weddings!
You know how much I LOVE getting mail… so I was very excited seeing TWO wedding invites in the mail within a week!
First was Kelly and Josh’s wedding invite. We’ve had the date on the calendar for a while, but it was nice to finally get the official invites – they were soooo pretty! Oh and note how it was addressed… Ms Meghan and MASTER AVERY Valyou… haha :) Very cute, Kelly! Kelly is my sister’s best friend from grade school… so it’ll be great seeing her tie the knot!
And our second invite was for Marcus!
Our brother, as Sarah and I have dubbed him since we’re like family, is getting married in January! So happy to see him tie the knot too, and both are in Vermont even though both couples live down south.
6. Joey and I Gave Blood.
I’ve been meaning to get into giving blood on a regular basis, but never fit it into my schedule, so Joey and I made a date to give blood together, and neither of us passed out! We’ll do it again in September :)
7. We visited Nana & Papa
Avery threw rocks in the creek out back, I raided Nana’s workshop for cloth for family reunion costumes, we had a yummy dinner of spaghetti, and angel food cake for desert!
Avery and Papa sat on the porch and watched birds. It was cute and sweet until Avery got comfortable and started smacking the window when birds came by, scaring them, and Avery laughed, thinking it was sooo hilarious.
Then it got a little crazy when Avery and CoCo (Nana and Papa’s dog) started chasing eachother around the house! Avery thought it was so fun, and CoCo kept barking and bouncing around taunting Avery to play.
8. We visit Gram & Gramp every Wednesday.
Most Wednesdays, Avery and I head over to the park near Gram and Gramp’s house and play there for an hour, have a picnic dinner.
Then we meet MiMi and Grampy at Gram and Gramps to visit for an hour before heading home for bed. Avery loves playing with the puzzles and legos they have.
We go for a walk, and Avery bikes circles around us on his tricycle.
9. We had fun OUTSIDE!
It’s amazing having a huge yard, garden, and garage to play in this summer. We’ve been outside all weekend long and every weekday afternoon. Avery’s been swimming in his big pool…
Our favorite games in the pool are chasing each other around in circles and catching his babies (baby/tiny animals/dinosaurs) with his fish net.
Avery loves mowing the lawn in his skivvies…
When it’s raining, we can still be outside and play in the garage – Avery rides his bike or we play with chalk and cars. Or we sit on buckets and shuck corn…
Avery moves his toys around the yard with his wagon from Easter.
Avery loves playing in Grampy’s garden too.. we’ve picked lettuce, rhubarb, peas, and wild strawberries and raspberries…
They’re the perfect summer afternoon snack! Avery LOVES them. He won’t eat the big ones from the grocery store though, haha.
10. Visits at Michael Eyes
This is Michael Eyes.
(He’s not naked! He’s on the deck without a shirt on because he had been swimming and he had blackberries smeared on his face from Avery, haha)
He’s my uncle (my Dad’s brother), and Avery’s great uncle, but that’s not his name. He is officially ‘Michael Eyes’. He was originally Uncle Micheal (not Mike), as Avery called him, but then he became ‘Tomato Eyes’ one silly afternoon playing with cherry tomatoes, and the two have mashed together, so Avery calls him, “Michael Eyes.” Well, we’ve visited with them a few times this past month – we visited the playground next door…
Enjoyed their pool….
And their nice garden and bridge over the creek running through their property.
On our most recent visit, we played in the pool, had a yummy dinner and desert, and sat by the campfire… while Avery played in a box with two nerf balls… he was sooo entertaining… and man was he having fun. Avery would sit in the box, throw the nerf balls to us sitting around the fire, and he would hide in the box. Two of us would toss the balls into the box. Avery would come up, point to each person and ask ‘Was it you?’ until two people said yes, he would laugh, throw the balls to those two people and we would do it again. This went on for an hour! Then one time we all hid when he was in the box and when he came up, it was pretty funny!
11. We celebrated Lorri’s Bday
Avery and I joined Joey and his family at Joey’s MiMi’s house and had a nice evening celebrating Lorli’s (That’s how Avery says it) birthday. Avery helped blow out the candles and he ate some yummy cake!
12. We went to a Wedding
Wedding number two of the year. One more to go to this fall.
Wait, lemme take a selfie…
Joey’s friend, Matt, from grade school tied the knot. Church wedding, reception under a tent – it was really a nice setup. They had horse shoes, cornhole, a bonfire, seating areas all over.
Joey was an usher. Here he is with the other ushers and the newlyweds:
And here’s Joey with his friends that went through grade school up to high school graduation together.
Joey and his Mom dancing during the mother/son, father/daugher dance – they asked other child/parents to join them… nice face, Joey.
13. Photo Op!
Joey’s Mom snagged some nice pictures of us at the wedding, so here’s our cutesy photo op :)
And that’s a wrap! But ofcoarse after 3 days of working on this post (yeah it takes me that long, lol), we’ve had some more happenings…so that just means more posts coming soon: Valyou Family Reunion (Disco Theme!), the Fairfax Egg Run, and my 10 Year High School Reunion. Oh and guess who’s birthday is coming… AVERY’S! He’ll be turning 3 at the end of September, so I’m working on party planning… I’ve started a page with the party info here, but it’s pretty empty right now. More coming soon!
Until then.. we’ll be off enjoying the summer :)