Mid-Summer Check-In

Hello my long-lost friends! I took a somewhat unintentional summer hiatus, but am back to check in with you! I hope your summer is going well- it’s lasted about 30 minutes for us, or so it seems. I CAN NOT believe it’s already halfway over! It’s equal parts depressing and motivating. We’ve got a lot to cram into the last month of summertime!

But so far, we’ve had some fun, some work, some downtime, some travel, and I thought I’d give you a glimpse into our summer thus far today! Read on and take a look at the pics if you’re interested…

We started out with our favorite Memorial Day parade in Dacula (a town not far from us that hosts one of the only Memorial Day parades in our area!). It’s very special to us every single year.

Scott and I had the opportunity to get all gussied up for a date night to the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala! Scott was there to accept an award and I am not one to turn down an opportunity to get dressed up and have a fun night out!

We hit up Ponce City Market with some of our good friends! We enjoyed a good lunch (Fried Chicken Sandwiches for the boys, Holeman & Finch burgers for the girls) and then caught up over King of Pops. Perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

We went to Blue Ridge to see my aunt and uncle who were in town and for a fun moonshine tasting, hosted by my mom and dad! It was a quick trip, but a lot of fun!

We celebrated Brantley’s TENTH birthday! She wanted to go shopping and have a few friends over to spend the night, so that’s what we did. Cannot believe this girl is double digits and going into FIFTH GRADE. Last year of elementary school. Mind blown.

We went to our favorite local theater, the Aurora Theater in Lawrenceville, for a children’s Shakespeare performance of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, which we LOVED. I am not well versed in Shakespeare myself, so the kids version was probably best for everyone, ha! The kids were a little confused, but I was able to explain it to them during and after the show. But the Aurora always puts on wonderful shows- for kids and adults alike- and for only $7 a ticket, you can’t beat it.

The Farmer’s Market has been one of our favorite places to be! Every Saturday we’ve been in town, we’ve been at the Downtown Monroe Farmer’s Market. Fresh eggs, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, peaches, onions, flowers, bread, and so much more, plus fresh lemonade, cooking demonstrations, and crafts for the kids. We usually hit up a local diner for breakfast and coffee before walking over to the market, and then sit in rocking chairs at the courthouse for a bit while the kids play. It’s one of our very favorite things to do as a family.

We had a great beach week at St. George Island, Florida with my side of the family! It was our first time at St. George Island, but we really enjoyed it. Fun Fact: the beach house we stayed at was next door to Country singer Jason Aldean’s (HUGE) beach house! And we actually saw him on the beach- his little family parked right next to ours!! He was with his wife, nanny, and two kids, and played very loud music, haha (but not bad music- or his own music- so we didn’t say anything). There was something about them I couldn’t pinpoint that made them seem a bit different, and we even exchanged pleasantries about the kids and a rouge beach ball on the beach. But it wasn’t until later, after we were inside, that my brother thought that might have been him, and looked him up on Instagram, and saw the same dude we saw on the beach in blue swim trunks with the same kid we saw on the beach sitting on his lap!! We had been next to Jason Aldean on the beach all afternoon and had no idea! Honestly, though, I’m not sure it really would have made a huge difference to me- there are only a few of his songs that I actually know, and only one or two I like! But, it was pretty cool to have had a celebrity sighting while on vacation! I really tried hard to stay off my phone during the days, and not focus so much on taking so many pictures, but enjoy the time and soak up the memories. It was nice to not feel like I needed to document every last thing! But here are some photos from the trip:

We had a laid back Fourth of July, with a trip to Downtown Lawrenceville (for Mexican, of all things!), BBQ chicken and corn on the cob, strawberry cake, water play in the driveway, and sparklers in the rain.

We’ve had lots of work, plenty of lazy days, a few playdates, a few dinners out, lots of fresh vegetables, plenty of sunshine, but I CANNOT BELIEVE the summer is halfway over! We start back to school on August 1st, and we have so much left to do!! The kids are with my parents this week for Bammy and PaDaddy camp, so when they get home, it will be a mission to make the most of the second half of the summer!

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