Ending August

August is ending. I can’t believe it. We’ve had the best summer but I’m honestly ready for fall. I am nervous if it gets colder that we won’t be able to spend as much time outside, but it’ll be ok. I love fall weather and I am pumped for the change in the seasons.

We’ve been spending as much time as we can at Cherry Hill, Graham is getting SO good at wearing his mask, we’ve been making yummy food as always, and spending time with family and friends when we can.

We went to the zoo with friends and it was SO fun! Graham LOVED it and was obsessed with all the animals. He wore his mask like champ, loved walking around and riding in the stroller, and of course was obsessed with the train that we rode.

I’m so excited to see what the fall will bring and hope it means less coronavirus and strife.

Summer Winding Down

I can’t believe summer is winding down. Kids are going back to school and I just can’t believe how fast it flew by.

We said goodbye to my brother and his family which was sad, Graham loved spending time with his cousins and we will miss them!

We spent the week playing with cousin Mel, learning colors, going to Cherry Hill (Graham is SO obsessed. We’re in trouble when it closes! Also this week we helped Graham and Mel learn how to hold hands and it was PRECIOUS. They kept wanting to hold hands everywhere and even when Mel was over it, Graham kept trying to make her hold his hand haha. We explained that if someone says no, you need to stop!), eating fresh peaches, reading Little Blue Truck a thousand times, doing crafts (Graham and I made pipe cleaner butterflies and he and Dad made a little August book), having nerf gun wars, and enjoying treats. Saturday we had a bunch of errands to run and had to return something to Home Depot. Graham is getting SO good at wearing his mask so we all went inside together for the few minutes to do the return. The super nice worker gave Graham a Home Depot apron and the kid’s craft! He and Randy had a BLAST putting together his little locker. So cute.

This week also marked the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. 100 years ago we made a huge step forward. Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Elizabeth Cary Stanton and thousands of other women used their voices to make change.
100 years ago some women were finally given the right to vote.
But it would take 45 more years for all women to get the right to vote. And more years after that for laws to be removed that stood in the way of women of color voting.
And today there are still obstacles in place that make it difficult for many women, particularly women of color, to have their voices heard.
So today I’m so insanely grateful for the women who have come before me, and done the hard work to make change. I’m grateful for women today like Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, Malala Yousafzai, my mom, sisters, and friends who are continuing to make strides for ALL women.
Today I’m so grateful for the rights I have. And I’m rolling up my sleeves and getting to work to continue fighting for every, single woman to get the things they deserve.
The future is female.

Family camp

We have been having the time of our lives here! We’ve been enjoying so much time with my family, social distancing together. Randy is a favorite with the kids, building trains with them and pretty much doing whatever they ask! We’ve played games and eaten so much yummy food, played in the water out side, played on the swings (Graham got a little foot in the face from one swinging incident but he’s ok!) and CAMPING.

My parents have a big beautiful RV and we took it up to Idaho for a fun camping trip. The kids had a blast running around, playing in the dirt and moving their chairs around to sit. We had to rope off the areas so they knew where to go and not go and it actually worked super well!

We hiked, ate caramel corn, played games, had smores and cake, roasted hot dogs and really just had such a blast. Getting there was a small hiccup, we had to turn around and meet my grandpa to deliver one of our car keys back to our landlord to move our car. And then a Jeep almost rolled while we were almost to the campsite, so Randy hopped out to help, but other than that it was smooth sailing! It was so fun just to escape with the family for a few days.

Randy was also pretty into working with the fire and found this amazing stick that was perfect for moving wood and stirring everything so it was burning well. He fell in love with that stick hahaha we even did a little photo shoot of him with it at the end.

We’re lucky and so sad that our family is heading home now, but we can’t wait to all be together again soon.

Only a few more weeks of summer—I’m not sure where the time went really. We’re sad but hope that fall will bring some new adventures and fun times, and hopefully more coronavirus help and a chance to get more back to normal.

How is it August?

I blinked and it is AUGUST. I’m not sure how it happened! We’ve been in pure bliss mode with cousins to hang out with all the time. We spend so much time at my moms playing around and letting the kids have a great time together. We’ve all been really careful to social distance around others so we keep each other safe.

We’ve fed the ducks and the kids loved laying in the grass, we’ve been having art class where we’ve learned about Jackson Pollock and Van Gogh, we play at my grandparent’s house (Grammy and Grampy to the kids) and that has be SO sweet and fun. And we’ve just loved being all together. And we’ve had game night with the adults complete with the great cookie tasteoff where we ordered SO many cookies and tried them all, which was super delicious and fun.

In the middle of the coronavirus crazy it’s been so great to have time with family. We miss my sister on a mission but we get to facetime her and that’s been super awesome. I’m so glad Graham gets to have such good friendships with all his cousins!