The Summer that FLEW

Back in March, just like the rest of the world, it felt like everything came to a screeching halt! School (pre-k) was closed up and I’ll admit that I was less than diligent with at home education. My excuse is a tiny baby and no capacity to keep up on someone else’s pace or ideas. Like most, I assumed we’d resume soon enough and all would be back to “normal”. Well, we didn’t go back to school so summer break seemed to set in WAY early in the Brooks’ home.

Yet- some how, despite having extra summer time- it FLEW by. But it was fun.

This coming school year I have catapulted myself into home-based education and we plan on starting September 7th. So technically we still have some time left to soak in some sunshine. And let’s be honest- homeschooling (especially Kindergarten and preschool) will take nearly no time during the day, so lots of play and adventures will continue well after the first day of school.

This year, due to COVID-19, we have been insanely lucky that my mom (and my oldest brother!!) has come to visit not once- but twice! I have thoroughly enjoyed the laundry help, the continuous empty sink, and the countless books read and legos built and beach days! Can I also say, I think we’re all exhausted though. So much fun. But exhausted.

We started the spring off with our major project of the year: the back yard. I used to loving refer to it as the wastelands. I know, sounds trashy. But, it just needed some TLC and a facelift. Plus I love to garden so garden beds were on “the list”.

So.much.dirt. And tiny little helpers. LOVE.
Teeny Tiny sprouts. And mid-project….

We also tackled a new play set and a sand pit for the boys. In addition to having a large Evergreen Tree removed, the yard tended to, to encourage new and better growth. (We live in the PNW, with lots of Pine Trees. Pine needles kill grass. So next year maybe we’ll take some trees down) We are mid back-patio project and then I feel like I am missing a million other little things. But needless to say- it’s been a lot. I don’t suggest tackling everything like that- unless you hire it ALL out. We did not. DIY all the way.

The Old….
The New…
Fresh bark, fresh sand, and a Batman… grass is growing! Yahoo!

The garden grew, as did the boys! we had fun harvesting what little we got this year. I am not sure if my seeds were not good, or the soil wasn’t great, or if this years unpredictable and interesting weather pattern just didn’t jive with what I chose to grow. But, all in all, it was a good year and I’m starting to see a few fall crop items in our future!

It’s been a busy summer. A fun summer. And this doesn’t include the birthdays we’ve celebrated, the victories we’ve won and everything else in between! Phew! Onward we march toward school and I cannot wait to document the highs and lows and all the lessons we (including me!) learn along the way!

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