Summer started out slowly, and then flew by all at once. With only a week and a half left before school started, we headed to one last Mariners game with my parents, my sister, and her family. It was the first Mariners game for my brother-in-law, and my niece and nephew...AND it was kid's day at the ballpark. The kiddos got Mariners backpacks and were able to run around the bases after the game. Such a great day.
On the very last day of summer break I decided to surprise Avery with what we ended up calling "The Best Day Ever." Our day started out waiting in line to get Dutch Brothers, which I usually have no patience for, but Avery loves their Grasshopper steamers. Then we headed to the Portland Art Museum for the morning. She especially loved Monet and all the modern art...and anything that looked like Pride and Prejudice (those were her exact words). She's definitely mine.
After the art museum we headed to Powell's Books. Avery had some money saved up, and the kid is almost a bigger book freak than I am. She was practically hyperventilating in the store and I had to ask her repeatedly to stop shrieking because she was startling the other customers. There was a lot of loud gasping, following by shouts like "THEY HAVE AMERICAN GIRL BOOKS!?!" "MOM! MOM!!! NANCY DREW!" "LOOK AT HOW MANY RAMONA BOOKS THEY HAVE!" "HOW WILL I EVER CHOOSE?!?!" She narrowed it down to eight books (because I'm a push over and it was the last day of summer). She did chip in her ten dollars, and left the store like it was Christmas morning.
After that we headed to Avery's very favorite restaurant, which we also went to on the last day of summer last year - Island Café. Erik actually delivers mail there when it's open (it closes in October for the fall and winter). We shared a turkey sandwich, fed the ducks and hung out on the patio in the warm sun watching the last afternoon of the summer fade away. And we didn't even mind.
And one more from Instagram...
Even though I was ready to be done with the long, hot summer days, the lack of schedules, and the constant packing and unpacking from camping trips, I do miss summer a little bit. It was a beautiful season of new adventures, wonderful memories, family, and friendship. I feel very blessed to have a job that lets me have summers off with Avery, and be present in these moments with my beautiful girl and my handsome husband. I'm the luckiest girl in the world.