old school blogging: a summer recap

School starts in less than two weeks, and I haz the sadz. I’ve loved having the girls home this summer. Even though they have nearly driven me to the looney bin.

You know I love a good recap, and this one from Elaine as a part of her Old School Blogging is perfect for the blogger who wants to live in the past and doesn’t really want to have to think too hard because it’s Wednesday and you expended all of your mental energy at a really loud, really stimulating mall bouncy establishment.


What was your favorite thing you did alone this summer?

Alone? Like with no one around me, talking, grabbing, touching, asking for snacks? I didn’t do anything alone. Maybe take a shower? 

Scratch that. I did travel to San Jose for BlogHer ’14. I love flying. Snagged an aisle seat on a full flight next to a couple that didn’t feel the need to chat until the very end of the flight, they discovered that our plane was not, in fact, landing in Vegas like they thought. Nothing like panicking that you’ve gotten on the wrong flight because your boarding pass didn’t mention a stop!

What was your favorite thing you did as a family this summer?

Went to San Jose for BlogHer. My family wasn’t actually with me, but I’m sure they had fun while I was away.

Okay, fine. We traveled up to Dallas to spend some time with my sister and niece at the Great Wolf Lodge in early June, and then in late June we went to San Antonio so I could attend the AdventureCon conference at SeaWorld, where we also got to do some fun behind-the-scenes stuff as a family. The best part of all of this was that Rachel and Claire are at the height where they can ride a lot of rides. The not-so-great part is that they’re not tall enough to ride alone, meaning we have to take turns taking them one at a time, because someone always has to hang with Zoe, who isn’t tall enough to ride anything yet. 

What books did you read this summer?

Am I supposed to remember when I read books? I have no idea. I just finished The Husband’s Secret (it was okay). Before that it was Naked by David Sedaris (it was David Sedaris). Before that it was The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan (also okay). Right now I’m reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. It makes me sleepy.

I feel like I need a REALLY good book to read. Always taking recommendations. (To get a load of everything I’ve read in 2014, check out my Reading page.)

What do you WISH you had done this summer?

When they go back to school on the 26th, I will say I wish we had gotten out more. I wish we had gone to the pool more, more splash pads, more adventures, more museums, done more crafts. But in the moment, I struggle with those things. Taking three kids anywhere is…. a special experience. And it’s too effing hot anyway.

What movies did you see this summer (if any)?

Well. Brace yourself. We saw How to Train Your Dragon 2 (loved it, but a tad sad, no?),

Every summer I say we’re going to go see a free movie every week at the Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp. We’ve been twice: Mary Poppins and Kung Fu Panda. Free movies and bottomless popcorn FTW! *jazz hands*

Where did you travel this summer?

San Jose for BlogHer, where I could NOT stop talking about the heavenly weather, and people who don’t usually spend their summers in a blast furnace thought I was crazy.

Dallas and San Antonio, you know, to keep it exotic and make the neighbors jealous.

What was your favorite treat (as in dessert) this summer?

My favorite treat is always ice cream: Amy’s Mexican Vanilla or gelato from Teo specifically. And now you’ve gone and reminded that I haven’t eaten nearly enough ice cream this summer. I shall be fixing that this weekend.

What did you celebrate this summer?

My niece’s birthday. Several friends’ birthdays. The fact that my kids can unbuckle themselves from their booster seats and exit the car without my help. 

Did you grow anything this summer?

I assume you’re talking about plants, which means you don’t know me at all. 

So let’s stick with hair. I grew a lot of hair this summer. In lots of places.

What is a favorite post (if you blog) that you wrote this Summer?

At first thought, I didn’t remember writing much that I loved. But I did! Having a terrible short term memory means you are often graced with pleasant surprises like this. 

In Apologies I talk about how I grew up not really knowing how to say I’m sorry, but I’m trying to rectify that with my own kids. And I was honored to have it published on HuffPo Parents.

On the lighter side, I wrote about things that happen when camping with kids. I love camping, but I’m just saying, if your kids head off into the woods, make sure they take some toilet paper.

Finally, on a more serious note, I wrote about recently getting my feelings hurt on the internet (I know, wah wah…).

What is a favorite photograph that you took this summer?

I can only pick one?


Are you sure?



I mean…..





What do you want to do next summer?

My goal next summer is to GET MY CHILDREN TO PASS THE SWIM TEST. Hallelujah, amen, raise the roof.

Next summer we really want to visit the beach. We had to scrap plans to visit our North Carolina family this year because SOMEONE took two trips (to Dayton, OH and to San Jose) this year. But next year I’d not only like to go see them, but I kinda feel like I want to make it an epic road trip. I might be crazy. But I saw so many road trips via Facebook this summer, it made me really want to try it.

If you were one of those people and you are screaming DON’T DO IT! at your computer screen right now, then please let me know. Preferably before next summer.



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  1. Sounds like a great summer. Especially the ice cream. I will be adding that kind to my grocery list.
    I always end summer wishing that we had done more special things. But really, I think what my kids love about summer is the unscheduled freedom it brings.

  2. I’m glad you posted more than one photo! Those are all GREAT! And I kinda love that they are all from Instagram. 😀

    I’m so glad you went to BlogHer this year!

    Also, I miss Amy’s ice cream terribly. Can we get some together next time I am in town?

  3. Cooool roundup! The pictures are great. And I really want my kids to swim well too. I’m taking them for swim lessons the last week of August. (We don’t start school ’til the first Tues in Sept)

  4. Your answers crack me up!! I loved The Husband’s Secret. I saw a woman reading it this summer at the beach and I practically attacked her to see what she thought! We took a 9 hour road trip to get to the beach. It was fine as long as we were moving, but when we hit traffic all the “are we there yet”s came out!

  5. I think you guys can definitely manage a road trip.
    The girls will be older (and swimming, I’m sure!), and it’d be fun to get away from hot, hot, hot Austin, right?

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