#SummatimeShoves

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Oh, summer! Fall is by FAR my favorite season, but since having kids, summer is definitely growing on me. There’s something magical about summertime and being a child — the salty hair, the sun-kissed skin, staying up late, eating popsicles, swimming until bedtime, sleeping in, being carefree and eager to adventure…I just love experiencing it all through my girls’ eyes.

We’re a few weeks in, and although I would prefer a bit more Me Time, we are having a blast. Our days are filled with pool outings (which is where we spend a majority of our days), playdates, parties, restaurant visits, and the occasional rainy-day snuggle.

Here’s a quick glimpse at a few things we’ve been up to since school got out:

Memorial Day we chilled at our neighborhood pool for our annual par-tay. Pizza, a million kids, and a lot of floats made for a fab time. Cricket spent most of her time making chalk paint in the kiddie pool, while E.V. pretended to be a teenager (and the older kids were sweet enough to indulge her). In fact, the other day she asked me, “Mommy, how soon will I be a teenager?” Slow down, kiddo. Slow. Down.

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In keeping with our hot-summers-require-water theme, we also visited a splash pad with our friends who live in the next town north. The kids were in heaven…until the injuries started. A bumped head and a bashed toe later and we ran for the nearest Chick-fil-a with a play place — where the injury count continued. It must’ve been a full moon, haha!

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We are in party mode over here, too! We’ve got lots of friends with summer birthdays, and we Shoves love us a good party, like this one we celebrated at Chuck E. Cheese’s. (The girls saw my outfit and both insisted on matching me…which cracked me up. At least no one doubted they’re mine!) Emma Vance hit the jackpot and won 100 tickets from The Price Is Right spinner game, which was a major highlight of the shindig! Oh, and apparently tokens have been replaced by swipe cards?!? #goodbyechildhoodmemories

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We’ve had a ton of pool playdates over the past few weeks, like this latest one with our friends, the Adams and the Engerts. Kids swim, adults talk (and manage kids), everyone eats. The perfect summer activity.

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We’ve had our share of rain over the past few weeks, too, so when we suffered a torrential rainstorm one morning and saw the light peeking through in the afternoon, I figured it was time to DIY. I had read about turning a float into a personal water blob on Pinterest, so the girls and I made an attempt with a float we got at Five Below. Womp, womp. Too bad it was TINY (despite being labeled “adult-sized”). Thankfully I had also gotten some clearance emoji beach balls, which we had fun filling with water and smashing, just like our annual autumn pumpkin smash. We may have found a new summertime tradition!

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The weeks ahead are filled with a lot of the same — with a few camps thrown in (because Mom needs a break, haha).

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