I’m grateful for the adventures and experiences we’re having this summer.  Sure there’s been some chaos along the way.  Grouchy days and tantrums and meltdowns…tears.  “We NEVER do what I want to do!!”  “Stop copying me!”…..”Stop copying me!!”  There’s also been a thousand moments to savor in the midst of all that.  When I look back on this summer, I want to remember this sandy little butt and how she wore this one bathing suit nonstop because it was her favorite.  I want to remember these chubby little legs that are quickly growing long and lean.  I want to remember swimming in Lake Michigan and jumping off docks and watching my son reel in his first fish.  I want to remember exploring islands and catching grasshoppers.  I want to remember the smokey smell of my children as we carry them to bed after the late night bonfire.  Yes.  We have chaos in our lives, but we also have good, good days to remember.  What have been some of your favorite memories from summer?

Photos inspired by Carmen Farrell




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  1. Jill #
    July 24, 2012

    I think I would hold fast to summer memories, too, with that sandy butt . . . adorable! Enjoy the rest of it 🙂

  2. July 24, 2012

    Sunscreen and sweat are the smell of summer. 🙂

    • bethanypetrik #
      July 26, 2012


  3. July 24, 2012

    YES YES YES!!!
    I will forget all the whining and melt downs, but I will remember her hugging my arm as TIGHT AS SHE COULD and giving me kisses from wrist to shoulder. And the chubby legs. And how GOOD kids smell when they spend the day outside. And walking to daycare together in the morning with a constant stream of words just pouring from her adorable little lips. And how everything has to be yellow.

  4. bethanypetrik #
    July 26, 2012

    Chubby legs and sandy butts for the win! Every night when the light gets golden I take the girls outside so that I can get a shot (or a few hundred) for my 366 project. Through that, I’d say that chalk and popsicles make up our summer.

    They do go outside at other times of the day, but I rarely shoot then. As my husband has informed me, I am a light-snob. *Snort*

  5. Kevin #
    July 27, 2012

    My big fear come fall is that the “drought of 2012” will overshadow all the fun things we’ve been able to do as a family. Pictures like these help remind me that this summer hasn’t been all work and no play–and the photos are awesome.

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