Goodbye Summer

Summer is almost over, and I am sad to see it go. But then...fall is my favorite, so I am definitely ready to sink right into it. Here is one last hoorah to summer with some random shots I captured these past few months and a look back on some of our adventures.
Overall, it was a busy, but relaxing summer. We were able to get away, spend time with extended family and most of all spend time with each other. With Hazel turning four and Owen on the verge of turning three, it feels like these little years a slipping right through my hands. Before I know it Hazel will be leaving me all day for kindergarten and Owen will follow along soon thereafter. And I'll just be sitting here wondering where the time went.

These days of being a stay-at-home mom for the past four years has been almost like a permanent summer vacation. Not that it was always sunshine and good days. There were a lot of hard times in there. Peaks and valleys. But I made my own schedule and we did what we wanted every day. I could come up with an idea on a whim, and we would go do it. And now it is starting to feel like those days will be over. Soon school will rule and I will have schedules to keep and early mornings to greet. Not my forte.

But every season has its blessings and growth to bring. I look forward to seeing how things change, but have a hard time letting go of how they have been. Change is rough, but we can't go anywhere if we don't do it. Here is a look back at where we have been...
We spent a lot of time enjoying the outdoors and playing in the dirt this summer.
We went on vacation to North Myrtle Beach and enjoyed the ocean and sight seeing.
Hazel turned four and we had one very Frozen party.
I started a series of "Moments in Real Life" with a call to capture the beauty you find all around you in the every day...
It doesn't have to be picture perfect all the time to still be beautiful and worth remembering.
I talked about the long days of motherhood...and shared my thoughts on soaking in these little years, even though they can be hard.
We visited family and Hazel held her first sparkler. (She wasn't a big fan)
She also learned how to raid my jewelry box and style herself.
I got a new camera body (this baby right here-affiliate link*). And then gave my old Canon Rebel to Hazel, who captured a lot of interesting shots herself this summer. 
She was pretty thrilled about it.
We went through the ups and downs of being two with Owen, but he made us laugh and filled our hearts to overflowing all along the way.
I started planning my master bedroom makeover with a super cool new rug (sharing the reveal later this fall!).
We also had the pleasure of spending a few days in the Adirondacks
In this gorgeous log cabin. It was like a dream. I could have stayed there all summer.
Both kids caught fish for the first time. Owen wasn't sure about that...
We "found" the North Pole and saw Santa's Workshop (in the Adirondacks).
It was a great summer! And I know it will be an amazing matter how much life changes.

Till next time...
~Alice W.

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  1. Great post, Alice! I always love seeing pictures of Hazel and Owen...yes, they are truly growing fast. But believe me, they will start school and by the time you have a cup of tea and sweep the floors, they will be home!

    So glad that you had a good summer. I love fall, too.

    Jane x

  2. Alice, I have so enjoyed this post today and looking at all of your wonderful pictures. The children are just beautiful! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  3. Looks like a fantastic Summer! You made some wonderful memories for the kids that they will not forget. I see Hazel is a budding photographer and stylist and Owen doesn't mind getting dirty. He will probably be a very creative adult some day just like his mom.

    Fall is when I come alive. I say bring it on!


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