What have we been up to?
Like the rest of the neighborhood, we've been enjoying the new Washington Park. Between the fabulous playground, the water features, and the great public events, we've spent a lot of time exploring our new backyard.
I've been taking the kids hiking around town, both on our own and with some other local families. I just strap baby E on and we take to the trails! It's amazing how many natural spaces there are in and around the city, so we've been working on familiarizing ourselves with the variety of options.
At the end of June, we took a week-long vacation in SW Michigan, where my family has spent summers since I was a kid. My oldest brother lives in the area now, so my kids were able to spend quality time with their cousins. And we took a sidetrip to Chicago, where the rest of my family lives, at the end of the vacation.
We've spent a lot of time at my mother in-law's house in Northern Kentucky, where my husband grew up, rainy days at the Museum Center, and the cooler mornings and the Cincinnati Zoo. We took the kids to a Florence Freedom baseball game and spent plenty of time at the public library. (I think my son has now seen every book they have about firetrucks, firemen, and fire safety.)
At work, we did a ton of beautification projects leading up to the World Choir Games in July. It as amazing to see such a transformation in our city and fun to have so many people visiting for the event.
The perfect capstone to the summer was my beautiful baby girls' first birthday party. (You can see it featured on Apartment Therapy here!)
Summer is great, but I don't like the heat and I'm looking forward to fall, when we pull out our sweaters. Next season I will (hopefully) have the energy to work on a few projects around the house before winter hits.
Time goes quickly, doesn't it?