Goodbye Summer

Cannot believe that we are already in September. Seems like the summer just flew by this year. It is hard to believe that soon enough, the weather is going to get chilly (it already has in Vancouver) and the days will get shorter…

I was just reflecting on this summer that just pass and I managed to come up with a fairly lengthy list of things that we did or accomplished this season. I wanted to joint it down here so that I can remember this.

  • Gardening – We finally set up our own garden in our backyard after 4 years of living in this house and we managed to grow quite a bit of vegetables for our first year of gardening. We had a lot of zucchini (I made a lot of chocolate zucchini bread!), plenty of lettuce, some radish, a few carrots, and we are expecting a lot of tomatoes (they are still green on the vines now). Pretty proud of what we were able to grow this year. Must definitely do this again next year. I am also hoping that our pumpkins will grow before the end of October for Halloween.
  • Golf – I finally got off my butt and got golf lessons. Been going to the driving range weekly (sometimes a couple of times per week) and I am definitely seeing some improvement! Now I need to actually play the game or maybe try some pitch and putt before I get more serious. But I have to admit I am definitely enjoying this new found sport and wish the summer could extend longer so that I can practice more. Looking forward to next year so that I can get even better.
  • Biking – My oldest son (big J) learned how to bike a 2-wheel bike this summer! Was so proud of him when I took him to the park and taught him how to ride a bike without training wheels. I have to say that I am a pretty proud momma to help him with this accomplishment that he mostly did on his own. What a determined kid. So proud of my boy.
  • Swimming – Big J also improved on his swimming quite a bit this summer. He enrolled in swimming classes when he did not have preschool and he has definitely gotten better. He passed his level and will be moving on once swimming classes start again later this month. He also enjoys it a lot and it is great to see him enjoy these sorts of activities that build up his confidence.
  • Fireworks – For the first time in a long time, I managed to go see the fireworks again for the Celebration of Lights in Vancouver. After having kids, it’s hard to go out and participate in these sorts of activities. Now that the kids are a bit older and that we can leave them behind for a few hours with a babysitter, the hubby and I are capable of doing date-like events again (movies, fireworks, golfing range, etc.). It was enjoyable watching the fireworks at Kits beach. Big J also had the chance to go watch the fireworks with his daddy who took him on one of the nights. He really enjoyed the experience and I can tell it was a memorable event for him.
  • Blueberry Picking – Last time we went it was quite a few years back before little J was born. For some reason it felt really warm this year and at the end we just bought some more blueberries rather than pick them as the price by the pound is the same. Anyhow, the kids (mostly big J) enjoyed picking blueberries but I enjoy eating them and baking with them. I usually enjoy baking my blueberry scones after a round of blueberry picking. It is also nice when my family enjoys my baking and asks for more scones! My recipe can be found here in this post.
  • Other highlights include going to the night market, church picnics, birthday parties, going to the beach, hanging out at the water parks, going to the PNE, and our last out of town trip to Victoria.

This has definitely been a memorable summer. Sad that it is almost over but looking forward to a new season of change. Goodbye summer.

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