It’s October (okay, at publish time, now it’s November). The leaves are falling, everyone is pumpkin crazy and I’m already shopping for Christmas! Where DID the summer go? Well, I’m still here, but the season isn’t:( Life has changed immensely since our little Charlotte was born – it’s true. But, I must say that we had a fantastic summer. It flew by, but with a one-year-old in tow, it was full of joy, new experiences and is one of my most memorable summers on the books!
We kicked off the summer with a Memorial Day trip to the zoo with Charlotte! She loved it, although nothing could convince her to pet the animals in the petting zoo.
I ran Run or Dye with my sister and her friend. It was my third 5K – I still don’t care for running, but it’s a good feeling to finish:) And, yes, the second picture sums up how I feel about running.
Charlotte turned one!!! We got her a big girl chair and other gifts, she had a celebration at daycare, we enjoyed a great party at a nearby park and we just had a blast celebrating her big milestone.
We went on lots of walks and Charlotte enjoyed playing in her pool, in an area splash pad and with the new water table Grandpa Rodney and Grandma Diana got her. She had a great time at the area parks.
We took lots of walks to Snookie’s for ice-cream!
We had a great trip to Cedar Rapids, seeing family and friends, and attending a big family reunion for Luke’s side of the family. It was awesome seeing the Ostmos, the Wegeners and lots of other people we don’t get to see nearly enough!
We went to the Farmers Markets – both downtown and Beaverdale.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, we made the long drive to the Lake of the Ozarks. Our wonderful friends The Pinkstons welcomed us and several others to stay at their beautiful lake house. Charlotte got to play with little Sam, we played in the water/on the dock, went for boat rides, took Charlotte on a nature ride and just had a blast!
I had a blast with friends Mollie and Traci at Zoo Brew at the Blank Park Zoo.
We attended the Alice Cooper/Motley Crue concert in the Des Moines Register’s suite. Great fun:)
We took Charlotte on her first Adventureland trip for Luke’s work. I didn’t think there would be a lot for a one-year-old to do, but Char rode several rides, I got my Skee-ball fix and overall, it was so much fun!
It was great to spend time playing at the Evans farm with all the cousins – swimming, eating sweet corn and more!
Charlotte’s BFF Henry turned one and invited us over for an awesome pool party. He’s a cutie:)
We visited the Lucas County Fair back in my hometown.
We played with cousins Lea and Connor at Gray’s Lake. This was Char’s first time at a real “beach” (as real as it gets in Iowa anyway).
We celebrated a fun night at the Iowa Cubs game in the suites!
We took Charlotte to the Iowa State Fair for the first time. It was kind of yucky and rainy that day, and it turns out Char was running a fever, so she was crabby. But, she did love seeing the goats and baby animals.
Luke and I joined his brother Chris and wife Joy for some yummy food at Splash during Restaurant Week, then went to Evita at the Civic Center.
One of the last weekends in August, Luke and I went on our first-ever “nokidcation” to Minneapolis, while Charlotte stayed with Grammy and Grandpa Evans. We had a super fun time catching up with our friends Matt and Tovah. They made us a yummy dinner, we had brunch and Bloody Mary’s, hit up the Mall of America and attended a Minnesota Twins game. So fun!
We started off the Iowa State football season with lots of tailgating fun… and a loss, but that’s okay:)
We had more fun at the farm in early September.
The Lindquist family came to town and we had a fun slumber party with their little girls. Matching PJs all around! The next day, we took all the kiddos tailgating and to the ISU game. Charlotte loved running around the lot, eating all the tailgating food and cheering at the game.
We spent my 31st birthday going to dinner with my mom and stepdad, and then hit up THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Civic Center.
Charlotte, our friend Kaydin and I traveled to Chariton for nephew Dallas’ birthday party. Char loved chasing balloons and other kids around the party, and playing with Dallas and Kaydin at the park.
We met up with our friends, The Koopmans to say good-bye to summer and hello to fall, at Beaverdale Fall Fest. Charlotte and Henry were ecstatic to ride this car ride together!
So, that’s a snapshot of our speedy summer. Hopefully we will fit even MORE in next year!