Time for a photo dump, as apparently it’s now August, July is somehow over, and except for pictures I’m not even sure I would remember what we did!
Somewhat in order, with huge gaps because I did a horrible job remembering to take pictures this month, July was:
taking the kids to Norwood Lake (my one and only effort at “I’m going to get the kids to the beach this summer!”);
celebrating the 4th with no parade due to heat + humidity, but an enjoyable discussion of the Declaration around the breakfast table, and a long and lovely afternoon in Carina and Ricky’s backyard;
a trip to Maine where cousins are always the highlight, but beach trips and ice cream and pool time and baseball games are fun, too;
summer evenings of frisbee and reading and learning to do the slide by her 1-year-old self and somersaults and mosquitos;
starting the brain dump of school planning (if you follow Brietta on IG now is the time to laugh at her table of books vs mine. We all laugh over our kids and how “different each one is.” That never stops being true. My sisters all amaze me in so many ways!)
swim lessons that cousins did, too, and the fun day they stayed with us and we rocked the van all the way home to the tune of Newsies;
playground visits with a toddler who’s way less scared of heights than her mama;
waking up one morning to a lawn full of the tiniest, prettiest mushrooms;
slipping away from this one each afternoon (that we’re home!), and making myself pause to notice her sweetness — it’s always so tempting to rush to the list of things I hope to do in the one hour when everyone is napping/resting/reading!;
the summertime pleasures of juicy fresh fruit, free bouquets along the roadside that are yours for the picking, and a freckled daughter getting older by the moment;
a last hurrah with cousin Margaret before their big move, and laughing at all of her wild imaginations and antics and brilliance (they really are all so different, and I get to see that up close times 24, almost 25, make that 26… plus 4 on the other side… so many nieces and nephews to enjoy!)
Not pictured at all is my sister Camilla’s stunning performance in a community theater production that was so far beyond community theater quality; lots of work with Ryan as he keeps the ball rolling with his company; a church picnic that was lovely; play days with friends; lunches after church; lots of walks after dinner; chess obsession for the boys; Shakespeare camp; goodbye party for the Gilchrist’s; and beautiful sun-drenched mornings sitting with my Bible and journal on the side lawn, serenaded by a thousand birds and wishing it could go on forever.
July is over. Time to go inside and flip the calendar. A whole new month, another month of summer, although my thoughts are turning… Here, the past photo on my phone:
An invitation to fill those empty spaces with all the new hopes and plans for a year of learning and growing.
That first photo is GOLD! All the older children looking at the camera and smiling sweetly, and your baby facing the total opposite direction! Love it!