Summer of 2019

I have a few more cities left to post about from our United Kingdom summer vacation but before summer is completely gone and fall approaches I want to recap some of our summer fun.

We went for a little weekend getaway with family to Upstate New York to celebrate the 4th of July. We stayed in Corning and went to Watkins Glen to hike through the gorge.. which was simply stunning..

and then went a little further up to the Robert Treman State Park near Ithaca for some swimming..

We did some crafts.. we bought these model planes last summer and never got around to making them.. until now. 

Both of their planes are now hanging in their bedrooms.. 

We also made crystals with borax and pipe cleaners


We sailed on the Hudson with friends.. 

We read a lot.. our town library runs a great reading program and the boys get so many goodies after completing certain goals. We hit a nearby book sale as well as spent some birthday money at Barnes and Noble. A friend shared with me booksalefinder.com where you can find book sales near you.

We played a lot of board games.. Monopoly Jr was this summers obsession. And lots of time was spent in the yard.. H finally learnt to ride his bike sans training wheels :)

We tried to explore a bit of our own state and made a trip down to say Hello to Lucy, the elephant. 

She has been standing tall in Margate, New Jersey since 1881.. and her history was much more fascinating than I had expected.

We also made a trip down to Spring Lake as recommended by Debbie of It's All About Purple. To see the sculpture lined downtown. It was a small quaint downtown.. so quaint everything was closed on a Thursday evening. There were 16 sculptures made by J Seward Johnson III who was known for his sculptures of everyday people and H insisted to pose with every single one.  

and we ended the trip with the Godzilla of all desserts at the Coney Waffle in Belmar

and now the kids have gone back to school, both riding the bus together.. we are still working out our routine.. getting the hang of things.. 

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Jennifer said...

You did a lot of fun stuff!

Effortlessly Sophisticated

Jeanie said...

What a wonderful summer, Hena. I think if your boys have to write "What I did on my Summer Vacation," their themes will be very long indeed!

Kelly said...

Y'all had a busy and very fun summer!! You shared some wonderful photos here. :D

Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom said...

I just love all of the adventures you take your boys on. Those waterfalls are so pretty and I didn't know borax could do that to pipe cleaners, how cool!


Polyester Princess said...

Your Summer sounds like lots of fun and I'm sure the things you did with the boys will remain in their memories for years to come. I'm loving all the crafty things and what a great idea to make crystals with borax and pipe cleaners :-) And I'm super impressed by that photo of Watkins Glen, what a truly awesome place! xxx

Elephant's Child said...

It looks as if you all made the very best of the season.
And a big hooray for libraries and reading.

Laura B said...

What a summer! My daughter learned to ride her bike without training wheels too! It's so fun to see how proud they are!

Veronica Lee said...

Looks like you all had a fun summer. Fabulous photos, Hena.

karen said...

fantastic summer and it's nice that school is back once more. My husband is in academia and I do like the start of the school year, ha ha.

Red Rose Alley said...

Those waterfalls are beautiful. I really like the picture of your son pulling the other in the wagon. It reminds me of the red wagons we had growing up. I like the one of him reading the newspaper too, that's delightful. What a wonderful adventure you had here. And very nice pictures to remember it by. : )


Red Rose Alley said...

ps....the red wagons I was talking about were Radio Flyers. They started long ago, and they were loved by children everywhere. : )


glamorous without the guilt said...

the waterfall scenario is beautiful to watch and its an amazing place to visit with family

Have a nice day
Kinza Khushboo
Glamorous without the Guilt
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Monica Hein ~ Beauty Diary said...

Wow your summer looks so fun! I haven't done much.Mostly work

Jodie's Touch of Style said...

These are the memories you will talk about throughout your lives Hena. I love seeing these photos.

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra said...

Wow, that's so great that your family was able to do so many fun things this summer. Those photos from New York are beautiful!

Emmylou said...

Love how you guys tried to pack as many activities during the summer! And thanks for the heads up about booksalefinder!

NotJessFashion said...

What a fun-filled trip indeed. The kids are having a blast!

Jessica | notjessfashion.com

Natalia said...

Your Summer was full of fun, those pics are lovely!☺

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

These will be some great memories for your family to look back on in the future.

awhite said...

What an amazing summer where you guys made so many memories!

Le Stylo Rouge

Paola Lauretano said...

Such an amazing recap, beautiful pics and lovely family!
Kisses, Paola.


ALLIE NYC said...

Oh your trip upstate sounded and looked like so much fun and creating memories for a lifetime. I have not been upstate in a number of years. Would love to take a trip up there

Allie of

Doused In Pink said...

You did so many fun things this summer! Your photos of Watkins Glen are beautiful!

Jill - Doused in Pink

Mica said...

Swimming by the waterfall looks so fun! What a great summer! I am so impressed by that dessert too, wow! :)

Hope that you are having a lovely weekend :)

Away From Blue

Reckless diary by Anya Dryagina said...

Looks like it was a very cool three months)

Debbie said...

ooooh i loved this summer recap and i really enjoyed seeing spring lake included. i'm sorry all the stores were closed, and a little surprised!! we recently visited lucy also, i had never been there before!!

i have decided i want to live with you, will you adopt me??

Sasha said...

What a fabulous summer, Hena! That gorge looks amazing! The crafts you did look fab too! What fun memories for you guys to treasure! ;) XXX

iamperlita said...

What an eventful trip! That water looks really cold! Lol Enjoy your week!
PerlaGiselle | iamperlita.com

R.ChamberofBeauty said...

Such an eventful trip. That gorgeous looks amazing. Enjoy your week dear 😘
Have a great day.

Kimberly Kennard said...

nice waterfall and nice all pics and great enjoy your summer vocation. Thanks for sharing pics and blog.

E said...

I love upstate NY! Your pictures of Ithaca make me want to plan a trip back!

District of Chic

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Sounds like a wonderful summer! The pictures from your trip to NY state are just beautiful. I see you are a NJ blogger, as am I!

Kinga K. said...

Perfect recap❤

Jill said...

These pictures are wonderful!! Looks like you had a great summer. Enjoy your upcoming week.


Marina W said...

I'm in love with the vibrant colors and how you lay out the photos, so cute :)

- Marina W

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