I heart summer

Our dietary standards drop to include things like hot dogs and Popsicles.

We spend more time playing with friends.

We get to wear clothes that don't include fleece. 

We squeeze as much camping, marshmallow roasting, beach playing fun into our too short summer as we can.   

One of the best parts of July is the arrival of our 2 extra house hold members.

This is our third summer spent with my husbands only sister and her son.  She lives in Seattle but she will be staying with us for the next month.

I met her via email and phone for the first time 4 1/2 years ago, and then after a year and a half of building a long distance friendship we met in person July 2010...and we've been doing our summers together ever since.  It's been such a blessing to make up for lost years, watch her son grow up, and have them both in our lives. 

We spent this past weekend camping with my husbands brother and his family, and his sister and her son.  It was so great to get all the cousins together for a weekend of camping.  These 8 kids hadn't all been together since we reunited with Brook, and I took these pictures  2 years ago.  They've all grown up so much since then!  

We're headed off to a camp next week, which has become our traditional thing to do while Brook is here, so posts may get a bit sparse.  We've got lots to do before we leave!  

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