Monday, September 2, 2013

End of Summer Wrap-up

It's Labor Day Weekend! The unofficial end to summer. I thought I'd do a quick photo dump of some of my favorite memories from Summer 2013. It went so fast but we really got a lot in.

BLEND!

Spending time with my Grandma at my cousin's graduation party

Strolling the Farmer's Market downtown and in Valley Junction

Kati's wedding

Family trip to Omaha, NE


Waterpark in Omaha

Omaha Zoo


Many bike rides

The Color Run

RAGBRAI party, downtown Des Moines

In a parade with Papa for his company, Valero


Working in the garden

Work trip to D.C.

Many walks with the dogs

Catching fireflies

Asparagus hunting

Pool time!

Pedicures

Welcoming Baby Charlotte

Farmer's Market train ride

Des Moines Walking Bridge


More pool time!

Berry picking

Hot dogs and smore's by the fire


Fishing

Driving the gator

Iowa State Fair
Out on the Des Moines Walking Bridge

Trip to Build a Bear 

The house sold!

Summer Eats

Fresh picked raspberries

Fresh peach bars (recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction)

Onions from the garden

Roasted beets from the market (how-to coming soon)
I did some sprouting this summer! (how-to coming soon)

Blueberry and raspberry pie
Zucchini pasta with sweet corn, tomatoes, and basil (recipe coming soon) 

Best cupcakes I've EVER eaten! Furreal! From Georgetown Cupcake in D.C.
I'm sad to see summer go but now on to my favorite season of all, fall! I love everything about this season. Pumpkins, sweatshirts and jeans, apples, falling leaves, crisp cool air, the start of the holiday season, college football Saturdays, and on and on. I've said it many times before but it is hands down my favorite time of year! With all the summer memories behind us bring on fall and the cooler weather!