Our summer bucket list adventures went full throttle in July.
* Zoo Trip: We kicked off the month with a long holiday weekend for July 4th. In May, my mom gifted our family with a family membership to the Sedgwick County Zoo. We took advantage of a cooler, cloudier Friday in July and headed over there for a picnic lunch with the animals.
* July 4th Parade & Festivities: The next day, Mackie enjoyed her first-ever ride in the Downtown Hutch July 4th parade. She rode her decked out bike (thanks to grandma) while grandma/papa walked beside her as a part of the TECH float.
Later that day, we enjoyed family time with cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandma/papa Conkling, as well as blowing stuff up with our neighbors. Nothing says Happy Birthday, America like setting things on fire!
* Swim lessons at the Splash: We wrapped up another successful summer of swim lessons. It was the first time in having kidlets that Jack and I did not have to get in the water - Brax finally was old enough for the preschool class! The little stinker refused to put his head under water for Miss Kaylee (our fave preschool teacher!), but - get this - not 30 minutes after his final lesson, he went to grandma's house for a swim and completely submerged his head. Again, little stinker. The kid is now a fish in the water and even doing some underwater swimming. Love seeing his progress!
Mackie, meanwhile, graduated from Level 2 and will be moving up to Level 3 next summer. We're excited to see her stroke refinement and get stronger. It helped being a part of swim team, too.
This wasn't on our bucket list, but it was incredible watching (in slow-motion) the "famous" July tornado that went about 2 miles past our house. It was the closest I'd ever come to a tornado - and it was fascinating!
* Running races: We've enjoyed several races as a family this summer. In July, Mackie and I took on one of our favorite (and HOT!) races, the Titan 10K and 1-mile fun run. After running the hot/humid 6.2-mile race, I went with Mackie to do the 1-mile fun run. She did great and ran a PR! She's definitely learning how to pace herself and not start out too fast so she can finish strong.
More to come - there's still plenty that we conquered these first two weeks in August!