Friday, September 3, 2010

A Look Back at Summer 2010


Welcome to Friday with Friends!! The other day, Hubbie and I were thinking about vacations and how it was unusual that we have not taken one (yet!) this year and I made the comment that this summer was a bit lame...or some such. Sad, but true. I was simply thinking - vacations! This summer has had its fair share of trying times, disappointments and challenges - along with the anticipation of Jordan's deployment. But, when we began to look back over the summer, there really were some good times - even some "probably won't ever happen again" type times!

I guess it is good to look back over events - because, if you are like me...how quickly we forget! So, the idea for today's Friday was born:) And this is my look back over the past few months of summer for 2010.

Summer began with the end of school - and Morgan, and the rest of Tyler's class, graduating from high school! And, now, they are all off to college and those next phases of life! Just the other day, Hubbie and I were wondering..and dreaming..where Tyler might have decided to go to college. With God's grace, we can actually have some of these conversations with smiles and sweet memories - and even some playful imagining......and not simply tears.


In June of this year.....this cute little bugaboo somehow turned TWO! Where did that time go?

and I was able to be in Florida for her big birthday celebration at Build-a-Bear! You remember, ten two-year olds, a couple infants and one interesting (and inexperienced) party host at a Build-a-Bear workshop!! It really was cute.

and Miss Roo was the sweetest birthday girl ever! How many times in one week can one sing the birthday song? Apparently, she was going for a record!

And then in July, I found myself here - learning more than I ever thought I would know about hitching a car to a 24 ft. truck and the best way to strap tight all of one's earthly treasures so that you can haul them all the way across the country. And that we did! Just my brother and I:)
We spent ALOT of time doing this (and a lot of money!)....and I never thought I would come to appreciate (make that even ENJOY).....

places like these!! Love's became our best of friend. Seriously, I rarely use a public restroom but drive a few hundred miles..while chugging your bottled water to try and stay on your new diet.....and it won't take long to change your convictions! :)

Honestly, I think this trip was the highlight of my summer. I was constantly awed by the always changing landscapes and sights as we crossed the different sections of our country. We did not do a whole lot of stopping and most of pictures were taken from the front seat of the truck cab (and usually after a quick "you gotta get a shot of that" as we are driving by...) but we did take a few obligatory tourist....or, weary traveler shots! I love these.


I have about ten such shots of my brother - standing in front of a great view. You can thank me now that I did not share them all with you! Scott so wanted to stop and climb all the different mountains we saw - really?? Keep driving, son.
I did get a few favorite shots..........


Yes, this is out the window - but I think Flagstaff was by far my favorite! I would so love to go back there for a visit!

Honestly, I have never seen SO many fields of crops as there were growing in California - as far as the eye could see!


And - we made it! To beautiful Carmel/Monterey!! I was not able to stay terribly long after we arrived but I had the best time spending those travelling days with my brother. I think he and his family are settling in and seem to be enjoying life on the West Coast.

And then, of course, August we FINALLY saw Jordan come home!! The Air Force had been holding him hostage - or so it seemed to this mama but he was here for almost ten days at the beginning of the month! Here are my two men:)

And the two kiddos that my heart happy!! Oh, and lunch at Carrabbas - makes us all happy:)

Yep - my airman!! He makes us proud and we were so happy for those days he was home before leaving. He is in Afghanistan until February. We do miss him but he is very happy and we are grateful. Yes, I would say it was a rather great summer after all.
I hope that you have some great memories from your summer as well - and that you will share them with us. Thanks for all the sweet compliments on my new 'do:) You guys are the best of bloggin' buds!! Enjoy a wonderful Labor Day weekend - always the official start of fall for us! So, get out those fall things and cuten up the house:)



8 comments:

  1. I'm so glad that you did this today! It was wonderful to look back over the summer and relive the memories, even if they were so recent. I had forgotten some of the things we did until I sat down and posted about them. Loved reading about your summer and the highlights of family joys, bittersweet moments and your fantastic trip with your brother. Hope you have a great weekend.

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  2. It sounds to me like you had a wonderful summer. I LOVE long road trips. Quite the bonding time. I haven't made one in a while, but Nov. we are going to Mel's for Thanksgiving if all goes well...woohoo....My summer of 2010 was sooo full of BIG moments....surgery, the move, the new house projects....one I'll remember for quite a while I am very sure...Have a WONDERFUL holiday week-end my friend. Much love to you, Deb

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  3. HI JENNIFER,
    YOU DID HAVE SOME NICE SUMMER EVENTS.
    LOVED ALL YOUR PICS. ACTUALLY WE DID TOO, JUST HAD TO THINK ABOUT IT TO REMEMBER, BUT HAVE BEEN SO TIED UP DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO DO ANYTHING.
    iF YOU READ MY BLOG YOU WILL SEE WHY.

    HAD TO GO BACK AND SEE YOUR NEW HAIR DO, AND I LOVE IT, JUST ADORABLE, LOOKS REALLY CUTE ON YOU,
    AND LOVED HOW YOU TOOK THE PICS.
    YOU ARE GETTING BRAVE IN YOUR YOUNG AGE!! LOL
    I HAVE MINE FLIPPED TOO. I REALLY HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THE FLIP. HAD IT WHEN I WAS IN THE 8TH GRADE. IT IS JUST SORT OF PERKY AND FUN. RECENTLY, I FLIPPED IT UNDER JUST TO SEE IF I WOULD LIKE IT, AND THOUGHT YUK THAT'S NO FUN, AND FLIPPED IT UP AGAIN!! LOL

    HOPE YOU HAVE A VERY ENJOYABLE
    WEEKEND.
    LOVE AND BLESSINGS, NELLIE

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  4. Hey Jennifer! You had a very nice summer. With all the sickness and deaths we experienced this summer, I'm not anxious to look back. Rather we are looking forward to the wedding in two weeks! But, I will say I am grateful for God's mercy that we are now free to do just that! Have a great weekend!

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  5. Was nice reading your experiance... Sounds nice :) Have a great weekend

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  6. Jennifer,

    It looks like you have had a wonderful summer. Thanks for sharing the pictures and the memories!

    Thanks too for always stopping by to offer a good word on my blog.

    Your comments yesterday just made me laugh! I can picture you in church tomorrow with your eyes closed! Should be interesting!

    Blessings,
    Melanie

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  7. Jennifer -- the trip was definitely the highlight of my summer as well. I couldn't have done it without you, and certainly not in five days! It was a great life experience -- thanks so much for coming along for the ride. I’m so glad we got the chance to share that time together. Remember backing out of the parking lot at that first hotel! Whew – pretty tight. Thankfully, the hotels only got better from there... ;-)

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