1) That it was hard. I know I've mentioned it more than enough, but managing a toddler and a baby has been a difficult combination for me. I'm disappointed that we didn't get out more this summer. I was hoping to spend more time at the park, at the pool, on the river, going on bike rides, going hiking, and having picnics. But it turned out that in between the kids' napping schedules there was really only time for one activity per day, and that was often going to the gym on Saturday and going to church on Sunday. We did (and enjoyed) all the above activities probably once or twice, but far more time was spent on the day-to-day care and maintenance of small children with the inherent tantrums and fussy moments and tiredness and general wrangling/coercion/distraction/bribery.
2) We did have a Super Duper Weekend when Tyffani, Bryn, Elliott, and Bandersnatch came to visit!
3) I also had a great time celebrating my 35th birthday at home and in Denver.
4) Summer is race season in Colorado and I did one race per month: the Narrow Gauge 10-mile in May, the Steamworks Half Marathon in June, the Kennebec Mountain Run in July, and the Thirsty 13 Half Marathon in August.
5) That the kids are wonderful. The other side of my first point is that the kids are adorable and funny and smart and sweet and I love them with all my heart. I will forever remember this as the summer my babies were babies. I have so enjoyed watching Swede grow from a toddler into a little girl, and is happening so fast. She says the funniest things. She is creative and smart and I love that she loves to read. Abel is so darn cute I can't stand it. He is absolutely thrilled and enthusiastic about being alive to experience this world. I adore his smile and his laugh and his chubby legs and his sweet baby smell and his determined power crawl towards whatever mischief he can manage.