Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Our Summer in Pictures (and Week I's winner!)

Hello, all!!

Before I forget to do this, let me give a shout out to all the awesome people playing along with Jennifer McGuire and her "Thinking Inking" class over at Two Peas! I have seen some seriously amazing projects! Fifteen of you left your links here to be entered to win week I's give away and the lucky lady was Carolyn. Carolyn's was the 14th name I wrote down and the one the random number generator picked!

So Carolyn - please email me with your address at kelly.goree@gmail.com and I'll get your prize out to you! Thank you all so much for playing and please, keep creating! I'll be putting up another announcement for this week's giveaway hopefully tomorrow when Jen does Part II of Week II!

Since I don't have much time for posting this week - CHA prep is in full swing here (just you wait!) - I wanted to at least leave you with a few pictures. Summer has been in session for over two weeks and here is what we've been doing to keep us busy...

Let's see...first we went to the library and got official library cards, then promptly brought home as many books as the library would allow. ;)

We started spending many evenings at our local park which is completely amazing...

Then our dryer decided to break down so we spent many evenings at our local laudromat which is not nearly as amazing...but we made do. ;)

We had lunch with my dear friend, Shannon and her cutie look-alike son to my son, Eli, at one of our fave restaurants...and even managed a Football Hall of Fame QB sighting in Phil Simms. Shan and I had salads, but Phil opted for grilled chicken and broccoli. (Not that we noticed or anything...my dad would have been so proud!) Btw, I love this photo of the two of them - darn if they aren't photogenic! (Lucky for us, I'd say!)

We enjoyed alot of "just being outside" and walking around before it got too blazing hot and after our van decided to blow up it's engine. (Oh yes, indeed...but it's all in the perspective, folks, it's all in the perspective.)

And once it got so blazing hot, we enjoyed many afternoons and evenings our our pool - which amazingly enough is in the same amazing park I mentioned before. Gotta love that.

Turner's really learning how to swim and showing so much grace at it - so much so that when he decided to go get all big and turn seven on me the other day, his grandmother bought him swim lessons as a present! I can't wait to see how he does!

And speaking of turning seven, we celebrated in style with cupcakes, presents and balloons galore...

Then that Daddy of ours had to go and have a special day all to himself so we were forced (ever so willingly ;)) to celebrate it with him. And that we did.

So that's been it in a nutshell. Whoever said summer break was relaxing??! So tell me - what have YOU been up to this summer??

Hope you're having a wonderful time at it, whatever you're doing.



Aphra Bolyer said...

Kelly, your photos are amazing. I am so jealous of your b-day photo...mine never come out that well.

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Congratulations Carolyn!!

Love the photos! The bare feet hanging on the wall capture summer so well!!!

And gosh.. An engine and a dryer??? DANG!

Hang in there..

Unknown said...

Oh I love that feet photo!!! You've got some great shots Kelly.
Yes, summer certainly can be busy! I should library cards for the kids too - great idea!

steph devlin said...

Kelly, hi its freezing down here in Australia, but I love this time of year.... and I can see your boys adore summer. Absolutely gorgeous photographs, your boys are growing up so quickly.
Hope everything goes beautifully at CHA, Im sure it will, I would love to make it there one year .... who knows.
Hugs **
Steph xo

Jocelyn said...

Oh Kelly....you never cease to amaze me with your wonderful photos!!!!! Love the sht of the feet also!!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

Jennifer said...

can i come visit you? your family looks so fun! :)

ThisKalilLife said...

Those are some really great pictures. Woo-hoo for summer.

Jennifer said...

Oh, I love all the photos! We've spent a lot of times at our library, too. I understand how you feel about the heat...is sweltering here in Michigan! Wishing you a fab summer!

GCD Studios said...

Kelly, These are all so wonderful. I love your photography. I LOVE that feet photo! LOVE IT!
You rock sista! Is there anything...you're NOT GOOD AT?! lol I really want to know!

lisa dickinson said...

looks like you're having fun - and taking way better pictures than me this summer :) i'll just blame it on lack of lens rather than lack of talent, umKay?

Ginny said...

Love those photos, you are so good at catching natural looking photos. My grandkids are here spending the month of June with me in Savannah.
Miley Cyrus is on our island filming a movie & my 11yr-old grandson has been on a Miley hunt. They needed extras for a carnival scene - soooo we had to go. Adults had to accompany children & they put me in the movie. Great - if I show up recognizable in this movie, I will have 2 dead grandchildren! But they fed me & paid me to work until 3am - movie sets are really not very exciting!

mademoisellechitchat said...

GORGEOUS photos. Did you use an action on them? If so, which one? Please email me! Thank you!

Scrappycath said...

Awesome photos. Looks like you are having a wonderful time! I love seeing your photos as they are so "real" and bring the moment to life every time you view them.

Michelle StClair said...

Sounds just as busy as our little summer break! Great photos Kelly!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures!