Summer is the highlight of our year. As a teacher, I get two and a half months off to be with Linnea, and Ben gets the month of July off (with a very relaxed schedule in June). We reserve this time for travel, house projects, and most importantly, unstructured time to just be together. I savor every moment; it helps to balance the schedule we keep during the school year.
In June, with Ben still working, Linnea and I would spend the mornings together either at home or out and about before he got home for lunch. We would devote those mornings to bike rides, playdates, picnics, or trips to places like the zoo, art museum, or library. Often times, we would just hang out at home. I loved that I could nap with her, cook every meal with her, and read as many books as she would allow in one sitting. As a family, we also got really into the World Cup; Linnea kicked her first soccer ball this summer in the grass of an actual field–and didn’t want to leave, despite rosy cheeks and sweaty hair under her sunhat. She also had her first lemonade stand (her idea after seeing one in the neighborhood), started potty training bootcamp, and left plenty of room for playing outside with no particular agenda. Hosting our friends, Matt and Alli, from Seattle was also a treat, and Linnea was excited to also play host to them, particularly at the zoo.
In July, we traveled. For the first week and a half, we were in Nebraska (Burwell & Omaha) visiting all my family and meeting one new family member: Ansley. Linnea’s new cousin and I now share a birthday, which is an honor. Let’s just say next year–30 and 1–will be quite the celebration. I wish I could have posted many more pictures of our time with all of my family in Nebraska, but the truth is, I mostly just took pictures of Ansley. We also met up with my friend from college, Megan, and her adorable daughter, Nola. She and Linnea are only about a week apart, and it is always fun to see them together (Nola kept calling Linnea, “Buh-nea” this visit, which is sticking).
We had about a week of relaxation at home before we left for our beach trip to the Oregon coast. We flew into Portland and met Matt and Alli. From there, we drove to Pacific City and spent five, glorious days. No itinerary. No wake up calls. Nothing really to do, except be at the beach, soaking it all in. That trip couldn’t have come at a better time because when we returned, we were on a strict timeline to get the house ready to be put on the market. With one final trip squeezed in–a long weekend in rainy, cool Vail–our July was nearly complete. Ben returned to work on Aug. 1, and I began savoring the final days of summer even more. (I returned to work on Aug. 11).
The end of summer is bittersweet. My family and I are all sad to see it come to an end (including Howard who gets used to having us all around), but I am looking forward to what lies ahead.
“Remember deeply that the present moment is all you really every have.” -Eckhart Tolle
Summer Milestones/Memories for Linnea:
- Mostly potty trained by mid July
- First experience biking in the mountains
- First trip to the dentist
- First trip to the Denver Art Museum
- Last music together class (for now?) in June after attending for a year
- Found a preschool she loves (and attended her first back-to-school picnic)
- Saying things like, “I losed it” and “May I broom it up?”
- First time saying, “Namaste”
- Held a newborn baby (Ansley) for the first time
- Vivid imagination specifically with her baby dolly (She calls me “Grandma” and sometimes pretends/role plays that she is the mama and I am her daughter)
- Getting herself dressed now
- First swimming lessons in June (Comfortable in water)
- Even more scared of fireworks this year
- Began asking LOTS of questions; “Why” is now a common word
- Has started saying, “Remember when…” and she recalls specific memories
And a few snapshots: