Monday, September 05, 2016

end of the summer, 2016


today is labor day, the official end of summer, and so i find myself reflecting today on the summer of 2016.  as different as this summer was, we still did our annual tradition of making a summer bucket list, which i wrote about here, back in july.  shannon designed the bucket list with a patriotic theme, knowing that we would be vacationing in washington dc this summer:


and as awesome as that week in dc was, it certainly wasn't the major event of our summer.  no, without question, the mark of summer 2016 for the milinovich's was moving.  everything was either leading up to the move (putting all of our possessions in cardboard boxes) or resulting from the move (unpacking all of aforementioned boxes).


but we woke up the first day after moving out of our home for the last 6 years, a place that had become home to us, with great friends at a great church, and this is how that first morning greeted us:


and somehow, we knew everything was going to be just fine.

God is good.

and our summer was good, too.  beyond all that went with this momentous move, we did all kinds of other stuff, too:
-we saw a movie in the theater (zootopia)
-we made a summer mix cd

-we went mini-golfing.

-we visited the penn state university arboretum.
-we saw the constitution in washington dc.
-we spent the day at del grosso's amusement park.
-we celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary.

-we did special music at church.
-we watched fireworks.
-we joined a new library.
-we participated in music camp at our new church.
-we ate ice cream for dinner at meyer dairy (friendly edit from a very observant neighbor: we've accomplished this one at least three times this summer, if not more....).   


-we vacationed in lancaster.

-we saw a state college spikes game. (i got to throw out a first pitch!)

-we bought produce from the boalsburg farmers market.
-we celebrated Quin's and Shannon's birthdays.

-we entertained new friends.
-we attended kindergarten camp and soccer camp.
-we went to steelers training camp.

-we had a full, busy, and abundantly blessed summer.  we are excited about the fall, and how we will continue to live into this new chapter for our family.  it is a great adventure, and we love it!  have a great labor day, everyone.  peace.

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