"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."
Author: Erma Bombeck
It seems like once July hits, the summer flies by as if it wasn't even here. So, I am soaking it all up while I can. Not loving the heat here in Texas, but making the most of it. Summer happenings fill up the week days, which keeps Annabelle and I from the "normal" days of the school year. I get to enjoy summer as if it's different than the rest of the year for us. All because of my sister and mom having time off and the typical excuses to just "play" more. :)
We enjoyed celebrating the weekend of the 4th with a party with church friends, and Annabelle's little nursery friends, on Sunday. Annabelle had a blast splashing in a little tiny pool, which I think was once a sand box, while Craig and I enjoyed fajitas and homemade ice cream over sweet conversation.
Monday was hot as heck, of course, but my mom and I decided to brave it like EVERYONE else seemed to be. We spent some time at the festival in the park, pushing the stroller through the crowd to get our bag of cotton candy. Cotton candy is basically the only reason I went. It doesn't feel like the 4th if I don't have it. ;) I remember last year when we were walking around, we kept saying, "Oh, next year, Aannabelle will enjoy this." Or "Next year, Annabelle can do the petting zoo and pony rides." This year, which IS next year, we said the same things and kind of laughed about it. I guess I was thinking that a 14 month old could go on a pony ride. Then, when we got there, I didn't think it was the best idea for her. Maybe even next year she can ride those crazy swings? But, NEXT year...
That night we had a party with awesome summer type foods full of salt, sugar and calories! YUM!! My friends are such a blessing, and was happy to repeat almost the SAME party as last year, with the addition of a few extra people. We live close enough to walk to the park for fireworks, which were basically the ONLY fireworks in our area due to a major drought. And they were good, and loud and bright. Oh, and NEXT year, Annabelle will watch them, and I am sure enjoy them. (My parents stayed back with her as she had already been asleep for over an hour.)
Next week, we have an E.C.I. evaluation and another ECHO. I pray that both go as super as they have been. This time, if the ECHO looks good, we won't have to go back for like a year or something. That is what we are praying for. I pray for Annabelle's little heart all the time, and have been incredibly grateful to God for how he has kept her healthy and safe. I tell you what, this little girl has definitely been used to keep my conversations with God VERY regular. For that, I am also thankful.
In a couple of weeks, Craig and I will be taking Annabelle on her first plane ride. We are going to visit some VERY missed friends and family in Minnesota. I can't even wait. I LOVE going back to Minnesota to visit. It is always such a breath of fresh air for both Craig and I. I come back with my spirit filled. ESPECIALLY in the summer time. THE MOST gorgeous summers anyone could ever experience. Especially after the continuous 100+ degree days we have been having.
So, clearly, I am enjoying summertime. Summer is just one big excuse to PLAY! :)
THIS picture is from Annabelle's birthday back in April. I just got this picture from a friend last week, and HAD to share it. One of my favorites from that day.