Summertime Update!

Summertime Update!

Wow.  I am seeing all this back-to-school activity online and realized I have not posted anything on this blog since school ended for us in June!  We are still 3 weeks out from school starting in our district, but I wanted to get back in the habit of posting and I still have a backlog of lunches to show you from the end of last year.  I’ll get started on those this week, but for now I’ll just offer up some fun highlights of our summer:



Summer camp kicked off on a rainy day, but the kids were excited anyway and loved dressing up for “sports jersey day.”


IMG_3440 The Pool finally opened and Little Dude fell in love with swimming and snorkeling!


Girlie won the “lucky sandwich” at camp! She also won a camp-wide Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament, Color War, and the Senior Camp After Dark Contest. She had an awesome summer!


We spent a lot of time in the nail salon!


My brother and his wife and their baby moved to PA! It is so great to have them close to us again!


We took up gardening! This is an early shot of our garden beds… they are now growing out of control, despite my attempts to prune back new growth!



They ate lots and lots of ice cream!



She got her ears pierced while I was away on business!!! My baby girl!!!!


I traveled a bunch this summer! I was in Atlanta twice and I also got to go to Madrid for 11 days for work! This is the symbol of the city of Madrid.


We crashed a rooftop party in Madrid and I got this great picture as the sun was going down.


I’ve been working hard on my diet and exercise routines. I tried to keep that up while I was away by booking a running tour of Madrid… at 5am, so I could get to work on time after. 12K and then a 12 hour work day. Awesome.


So yeah, I am working on my diet, but I might’ve eating just a little bit of paella in Spain!


The garden is producing some awesome tomatoes!!!


After living here for 2 years, we finally managed to do some sight-seeing in Philadelphia! We visited Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell last weekend.


I studied for and passed the Salesforce Certified Developer Exam! I now have 3 Salesforce Certifications, but this one make me feel like a real geek now! I am very proud of where my career is taking me and I love how much I am learning all the time!

Definitely a busy summer!  We’re in our last week of the kids’ main summer camp and then have a week of a different camp when this one ends.  We’ve got some end-of summer travel planned and then we are back to school the day after Labor Day.  I am very excited to get back to our school year routine and I’m more than a little nervous about my daughter starting first grade!!!  Little Dude will have a teacher that I love, but most of his friends are in a different class.  I know I have back-to-school shopping to do, but I haven’t received any lists or even any word at all from the public school my daughter is attending for the first time.  It is a little overwhelming as a first-timer, but I am ready to dive in.

When do your kids start school?  Do you have any strategies on managing back-to-school shopping?  I really don’t want to have to make 10 stops to get what we need.  I wonder if I’ll have time to do it all online? Wish me luck!

About rachel.beard

I live in Bucks County, PA with my husband, two kids, and french bulldog. I work as a consultant full-time and in my spare time, I blog about bento lunches, parenting, fitness, and any random thing I am thinking of at!

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  1. It does seem like you have a busy but wonderful summer! My little one isn’t back in school until September 9th! Luckily her school provides all her school supplies, but if I was going to be doing it, I’d be hunting for the good sales!

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