Thursday, October 8, 2020

Summer Favorites from July & August

Picking tomatoes! This was one of my favorite activities of the summer-picking tomatoes with him, and watching him stuff his mouth and learn to LOVE them! My mom planted this plant for us back in April and it went CRAZY over the summer! Literally grew over six feet tall and totally took over the flowerbed.  It provided us with so many delicious tomatoes and Axton and I especially enjoyed them soooo much!July and August were the "family visit" months; almost everyone from my family was here at different times to visit. Some even came twice! So special for most of them to meet Elliot when he was so little! Here are a few favorites from our company and memories made together during these summer months!
Visits and stories with Uncle Taylor.

This little charmer just lights up our lives!

My latest decorating project, in the living room.
The aunties came for a visit!
Kisses from cousin Jubilee! 

We had my sisters in love over for dinner one night!

More tomato picking!

A fun summer visit with Gigi and mutual friends!

Snuggles with the boys.
Shopping with the sisters.

Such an angel baby!

Fresh muffin delivery to Auntie Mary, on her birthday!
Being funny with mama.
Poor kid gets into all kinds of predicaments these days! Here he was trying to take his shirt off and things got a little twisted for him. =)

Elliot's yawn though. =)
Allllll the guys searching for a lost ball underneath the couch. 
Axton LOVES to feed Ellie treats!

Walks with Grandma!
These three Maxwell cousins. Peas in a pod, and they love each other so much!!
Nana got to meet Elliot when he was just two weeks old!
We love the holiday parties over at my inlaws! This one was for July 4th.
Cuddles with Auntie Rebs.
Errands at Walmart and special one-on-one time with my firstborn.
He loves to listen to the children's cd by his uncles and aunts! And he still is loving this carseat as well! 
Stuck, while playing at Grandpa and Grandmas. =)
This little guy slept and ate so great and so much this summer!
Three very serious little boys. =)
We enjoyed visits from my brother Mitchell, Bryn, & Micah....
...and my brother Carson, Carolina, and Jubilee! Such a treat to have family visit. 
Allllll the baby snuggles.
My dad meeting Elliot!
I love these little bibs! They were given to us a few years ago and now this is the only kind of bib I use for Axton. The little scoop/catch feature at the bottom is perfect for catching all the things. =) If you have little ones, I highly recommend these bibs!
Mowing lawn with Daddy! John is such a good dad and does amazing at involving Axton in so many of his projects.
I'm including it in an upcoming "baby favorites" post, and will talk more about why I love them then, but for now, here is the link to the Ear Protection Axton is wearing above. Perfect for protecting those little ears from loud noises!
Stories with Auntie Allison, on her last visit here as a single gal! 
Playdate with a local friend and our babies! I first met her at the bridal shower my inlaws did for me, when John and I were engaged. At that time her eldest was just a couple of months old.
Fast forward three years, and we have five babies altogether! She has the girls, and I have the boys. =) Thankful for sweet friends like this and spending time together!
All three boys sleeping at THE SAME TIME means party time for the parents. =)  Settlers of Catan has been a Bontrager family favorite for a long time. Thankfully all the ones who have "married in" like it as well!
Time with Nana!

The end of August, we had a visit to the newlyweds!


Delicious BLT lunch--homemade sourdough bread by my sis, bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes from my plant!

And that's a few favorites from our summer months! I am so thankful for all the time we could spend with extended family and also our new little "party of four". We are so blessed.
Happy Weekend!

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  1. Thank you for this beautiful post. Those are precious little ones.

    I do wonder what kind of tomato plant you had. I always look forward to your blog.

  2. Oh my goodness, we also had a tomato plant go crazy like that this year! My son also loves picking/eating tomatoes. Your boys are adorable! Love all the happy pictures; it really gave me some cheer today when I needed it. Thank you!

  3. I really enjoyed this post! Your boys are both so cute!

  4. Thank You for sharing you beautiful family photos.
    Joan,Marilyn and Marion

  5. I enjoyed all the photos! Axton and Elliot are so cute!

  6. I love to see updates on what's happening with your family, thank you for sharing. Also, your boys are adorable and they have beautiful eyes!

  7. Your boys look so different from each other except the eye color! So adorable.

  8. I'm still getting used to seeing Alli with her HUSBAND!! What in the world!? <3

  9. I would love to see a post on your favorite hairstyles!

  10. Happiness and Blessings in 2021.
    Joan,Marilyn and Marion


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