Though it is just starting to really feel like summer (we've actually had to turn on our AC!), it is back to work for me tomorrow. Despite working summer school for the month of July, I feel like I've had a nice break and gotten lots done around the house. We really enjoyed our second summer in CT. Here's a taste of how we spent our time...
Home improvement. We made quite a few changes around the house this summer, the last being a makeover to the guest bathroom (pics to follow in a later post!). It's true that the work of a homeowner is never done, but it's something that enjoy we doing together.
Bar-b-ques. Dinner on the deck was one of our favorite ways to spend our summer evenings, and even a few breakfasts. Since the temperature was below average for so much of the summer, the weather was perfect for dining al fresco. We have yet to purchase deck furniture, but our old TV trays and folding chairs are perfect until we find some!Enjoying our beautiful backyard. I think Christopher got a lot of use out of his new binoculars. In addition to birds, we saw plenty of deer, woodchucks, and chipmunks this summer...and even one wolf.
Rain, rain go away. It felt like it rained for the entire month of June. Over the 4th of July, we only had one day of sunny weather. We went for a bike ride, but it started raining just as we were making it back home. (This was when we were up at Bretton Woods, NH for the 4th.)
Ice cream. Synonymous with summer in my book. Ferris Acres Creamery is only two miles down the road from where we live and it is without a doubt the best ice cream I've ever had. They serve pup cups, a scoop of soft-serve vanilla with a few doggie treats on top, and one day I took Bailey to get one. He didn't even come up for air.
NYC. We love living so close to the city and went several times this summer. This pic was taken looking across the reservoir in Central Park.
Being outdoors. Chris and I love taking Bailey to the park, but we didn't get to do much hiking this summer thanks to all the rain. I did get one hike in, on Bear Mountain here in CT with my friend Amy. Luckily we did not see any actual bears, although there were lots of signs to tell us what to do if we did! Chris and I spent quite a few lazy days at Sherwood Island State Park, a beach in Westport, about 45 minutes from us. We never did get any pics of the beach- we must have been too relaxed to pull out the camera!