Friday, June 23, 2017

This is Summer

It's the day after my birthday {and I'll blog if I want to}.

Doesn't have the same ring to it, but it's still true. Yesterday marked 33 years of my being on this planet, and I spent the day doing as little as possible. It was glorious. Today I have cleaned messes, taken all my children to piano lessons, and made sure my chickens didn't suffer heat exhaustion. We are nearing the stroke of Jonathan being home, so I thought I'd sit down and catch you up on our week. It's been a hectic one, and I am looking forward to a chill weekend. Read on for a rundown of this crazy summer week:

BABY CAT: While we were in Florida, a tiny cat decided to join our family. Now we have a furry pet in addition to our feathered ones. She's a sweet grey kitten and she's becoming more comfortable around us every day. Her {his?} name is Luna, also known as Lulu, and most commonly referred to as Baby Lu. Owen is our resident kitten whisperer, and I'm sure I'll have more on that later.

SWIMMING: Nora took swim lessons this week. By that I mean she smashed all expectations on Day One, bobbing beneath the surface to grab toys and attempting to swim in the deep end. Day Two she wouldn't even get in the water. Day Three the stubborn kid didn't decide to try until the last five minutes. She's not anti-water, but she's certainly anti-authority. She has to make up a rained out session next week, and who knows what she'll do. It's a start?

GROWING: Our garden is still killing it. It's almost time to pick cucumbers, and I've never seen such healthy tomato plants. The sunflower forest towers over all of my kids, and I know the blooms will make their way to the surface before long. When the sun is gone and the temperatures are more tolerable, I find myself pulling a chair between the pepper rows to simply stare at it all. It's not weird, I promise.

COLLEGE: This week marked Owen's first time to attend Kids College at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana. Although he tells me the extra-messy science lab was his favorite class of the week, college employees told me he was known campus-wide for his dance skills. Y'all know that makes a mama proud! Nathan attends his classes next week, and after that I'll fill you in on all the details.

DADDY: We started the week by celebrating this blog's patriarch. On Sunday Jonathan woke up to a stack of pancakes and a rather loud singing squirrel card. We also gave him a key chain that features his dad's handwriting. I wanted to connect Poppy to Jonathan's Father's Day present and this ended up being perfect. It was a tough holiday for my husband, but I think we succeeded in making him feel special.

Each of our kids look at their dad like he hung the moon. He's not perfect, and they don't think he is, but they still want to be just like him. He is their protector, their provider, and their greatest comfort. No stack of Father's Day pancakes can thank him enough.

There it is in a nutshell. What have you been doing during this first official summer week?

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