Sunday, August 21, 2016

Summer...that's a wrap!

Today our summer officially comes to an end and, as usual, I have mixed emotions because summer is always our time to bond as a family through fun activities, trips and much needed time off. 
This year our summer was very hectic, so much so that I didn't get to blog about our weeks as they happened (as I usually do) and I barely had time to even document anything at all. 
But because I plan to print out this blog some day, I have decided to do a quick recap about summer 2016, which was very eventful and amazing to say the least...so here it goes...
June was busy! School ended and we were on a plane to Panama the next day; we spent a month there and we met with my dear aunt Laurita who came from Venezuela to spend time with us; the girls really got a chance to practice their Spanish and Oliver basically learned how to crawl, stand and play alone all in that month...


We spent A LOT of time at the pool, which is always nice when it's that hot...


Lots of family time in Panama...


During that month, Gaby and I took a few days to travel to Lima, Peru to visit our friends, the Wadsworth family and Gaby's best friend Lucienne. We had such an amazing time in Lima and are forever grateful to our dear friends for being such great hosts.  Gaby had a wonderful time with Lucienne and I am so happy I made her dream come true by taking her to visit her dear friend. 


Gaby lost her front teeth and she got lots of money from the Tooth Fairy, which she quickly spent buying herself stuff in Panama...


We celebrated Oliver's first "4th of July" (our 3rd consecutive 4th that we celebrate outside of the US, ironically enough!). Oliver was sick that day but he still smiled for a couple of pictures...


On July 5th, we welcomed our new nephew Sebastian, born to my brother in law and his wife in Zanesville, Ohio. 


On the same day, Iggy turned 40 and we had a nice get together with some friends in Panama...


After we came back to the US, we spent some time at the beach and lots of time in the pool...


The girls celebrated their 7th and 9th birthdays with friends and had way too much cake that week!


The week after the girls' birthdays, Gaby's friend Lucienne came to visit from Peru (how lucky are these girls to see each other so often!?!). They spent a couple of days playing and enjoying themselves...


On July 28th, we found out we're having a niece! My sister and her husband are expecting a baby girl in early February and we are so excited to welcome her into our family.  The gender reveal was both emotional and exciting....


The girls attended tennis camp and Oliver joined in the fun!


In early August, Iggy, Oliver and I traveled to Colombia to attend the wedding of a very good friend of mine.  We spent a few days in Barranquilla and Cartagena and had a great time, met up with friends and strolled around in Colombia. The girls stayed with my sister, who graciously cared for them while we were away...


After we came back from Colombia, we all traveled to Ohio to meet our nephew and visit our family there. The girls had a great time with their cousin Isabella and we enjoyed seeing all the family together...


I got to hold our new nephew Sebastian and enjoyed the newborn cuddles for a few days...


 My mother in law got to see her 5 grandkids together for the first time...history in the making...


...and with that, we end our summer on a high note and we're incredibly happy to have spent so much quality time together doing what we love the most. We thank God for all the blessings, adventures and memories He has gifted us during this time and we're looking forward to a wonderful school year that kicks off tomorrow!
Every summer day was a blessing and was not taken for granted... so, summer...that's a WRAP.. you were SO GOOD to us! :)

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