August Sunset At The Colony Shoreline Trail

One of the most relaxing moments I enjoy is the sunsets at our local lake. These photos were captured in August 2013. In the meantime, I captured many more sunsets (after I learned, how to use the manual settings on my camera πŸ˜‰ ).

“HURRAY!” For Pool Time

Kevin installed the pool and filled it up, yesterday. Three hours later, Sara jumped in the cool water. This year, we set the pool up before Memorial Day. Usually we do it on the weekend, after school ended. ButΒ  By we supposed to have temperatures reaching the 3 digits by mid-week. What could be better than cooling off in the pool after a long day in school?! I can’t wait to stick my tootsies in the water.

Helios & Luna

YES! The rain has stopped and the Sun came out, this afternoon. Oh, these warming rays felt so good on my skin. I couldn’t get enough of this beautiful weather. Katelynn and Sara came out to play in the yard. Several times I had to tell them not getting too wet, due to the saturated ground and cool weather. But they were too busy rescuing worms from the stream and counting snails on the front porch.

This evening, Kevin and I sat with a beer in the garage. We watched the sunset, before we had dinner. It was beautiful, but it was not as fiery as I was hoping tonight. And it was nice to see the Moon, again. We haven’t seen Luna since it was in its New Moon phase.

Fun At The Splash Zone

This afternoon, we went to the RCJ Machado Potluck Picnic in Carrollton. Katelynn and Sara had a blast with their Jiu Jitsu friends at the Splash Zone. The food and atmosphere was great. And the weather was perfect. Here are some photos from the girls enjoying the party:

R.I.P. “Summer Escape” Pool #1 (2014 – 2017)

Three years ago, I was tired of the operation hours at our local water park. And my girls also love to go swimming, when the sun sets. So after a little bit of talking, I convinced Kevin to purchase a pop-up pool for the backyard. The pools themselves are inexpensive. It’s usually the smaller things around them, which adds up. But it’s not a big deal for us. We knew what we were doing, when we decided to buy this pool.

Once the pool was set up, Katelynn and Sara had a blast in it. I had a hard time to get them back out of the pool. And during the Summer break, the pool was used daily, weather permitting. When school was back in session, Kevin dismantled it and stored it in a plastic box inside the garage.

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Katelynn and Sara had a blast in their new pool, back in Summer 2014.

After we came back from our New York vacation, Kevin set the pool up again this year. The girls enjoyed the pool for a week. Well, life doesn’t come without a little hick-up here and there. And yesterday, the pool broke on it’s seam on the bottom. We didn’t noticed it, until the next morning, when the pool was empty and the lawn was saturated from the water. Kevin and I looked at the break and discussed what would be the best option. He said, “If it was a tear in the middle, we could fix it. But, at the seam …??!” “The pool was less than $90. It might be cheaper to get a new one, instead looking for a new tarp”, I replied. Kevin agreed, looked online and found the same size pool even cheaper. He went to the store and got it for another 20% off. Ha! Now, Kevin has to put the new pool up. And life will be good, again. But first, we go out to see good live music and watch some fireworks.

The Water Sprinkler

Warmer days arrive in Texas. And what’s more fun playing with water in the heat? Sara was asking her Dad, if she could have a kiddie water sprinkler. But when they were at the store, Kevin got something more sturdy and has more purposes then just having fun running through sprinkling water.

Now, this water sprinkler is not as fancy looking as a Disney or other character printed plastic sprinkler. But I’m sure, this sprinkler will last throughout this Summer. πŸ˜‰