Not the country like the US of A, but like…2 miles away from the center of town. You know, the country. There are more bugs up here, I’m convinced. There’s more snow too, but that’s a topic I’ll save for the winter (or if you see weather notes from last winter, I would be corrected, in that there wasn’t any snow at all) I digress….I’m over the bugs that probably only live on East Hill.
That said, we are in the thick of summer and I have no idea how we got here…it goes fast. So this is a highlights reel
We opened June with some serious strawberry picking. I would have liked to pick about a thousand more pounds than we did, but early June was surprisingly hot (climatechange) and the kids were a little worked after picking for more than an hour…so we ended up with less than a thousand pounds, and I think we’ve gone through them all already!
We also have the great fortune of having a close friend that has a pool, who likes to have us over to swim quite often. She opened said pool in June and Annie is a total water bug. She was a tad hesitant at first, to do anything not involving holding onto an adult for dear life, but she got her water legs quickly and now will swim with just a noodle. She’s soon to swim on her own I’m sure.
Annie was also a part of some swimming lessons, that really got her going in the water. I doubt there’s any turning back.
her birthday party during June instead. For about a week, Annie was convinced she had turned four. Probably I should have just gone with it and skipped having to throw a party myself… okay, that’s a little bit of the lazy mom talking, but really…would she have known?
The kids spent a little time painting outdoors for father’s day. It was a near miracle that my whole deck and each of their bodies didn’t end up covered in paint, but I had recently bought a couple copies of the Ithaca Journal for the coupons, and it makes for an excellent drop cloth. (It’s definitely worth more to me as a paint catcher than an information bearer) Projects like this show me how very different my girls are. The goal was to paint a canvas, then have each girl put some handprints on. After painting the canvas that awful shade of “all colors mixed together” Annie wanted to put HER handprints all over the thing…whereas Charlotte was satisfied putting her handprints where I asked her to. Either way, Danny loved it and it was a fun project to do.
One of the most important things that happened in June…Charlotte’s actual birthday!! The baby turned two. Now, it turns out that, for me, with the second child also comes the “oh, you’re two, you’ll never know if I gave you a big present or not” attitude…and it’s totally true (except for the fact that I’m writing this blog, and now she’ll know…sorry Charlie, didn’t mean to gip you) HOWEVER…she did get a very special birthday surprise. On the morning of her birthday, I made the decision that I would allow my kids to get all sugared up, and I would just deal with the fallout…and for her birthday Charlie got a new water bottle filled to the brim with M&M’s. Seriously, happiest.child.ever. She opened up this box, looked inside, saw the water bottle, was happy about the water bottle, and then realized what was inside, and said, with fervor “Opeh, mommy, Opeh…opeh.opeh.opeh!!!”
It’s fun, this whole thing.