You wouldn’t believe it based on the weather here in Texas, but summer is winding down. The new school year is right around the corner, the pools are reducing their hours, our summer garden has given up on producing fruit, and Labor Day is just a few weeks away to hammer the nail in the coffin of summer.
Honestly, I won’t miss this summer much. We spent the first half recovering from storm damage, and the second half dealing with the fall out of another miscarriage. It’s been a busy summer, but not a particularly fun one. We do have a new roof, new deck, and new flooring to show for it, though, and insurance covered around half the cost, which is great considering they were things we were planning to do anyhow.
We had a great 4th of July. We went to a local fireworks show that also had a carnival, and Isla LOVED the rides and the fireworks. Also PONIES.
We spent most of the summer doing our best to stay out of the heat. Isla went to her first movie at the movie theatre (Inside Out) and cheap kids movies at the movie theatre have become a fast favorite weekend activity. We’ve also done a lot of indoor activities: art projects, dolls (I’m so tired of changing doll clothes, you have no idea), dress up, dance parties, you name it.
The only time we go outside at this point is to hang out at the pool, which we’ve done a lot of.
In milestones: Isla is huge. She can officially dress herself without help, right down to picking out her clothes. She can use the bathroom by herself. She’s picked up a few short sight words from Endless Reader and is working on sounding out letters and putting the sounds together. She taught my mom how to make french toast and is a great helper in the kitchen. And in a couple of weeks, she transitions to a new class at daycare. Just one more year until pre-K. In some ways, her newfound independence is wonderful, but in others, I want to put on the brakes and slow this whole growing up process way, way down.
I turned 31. I won’t lie. I’m sad about another birthday coming and going without being pregnant, and it wasn’t the best birthday ever. But I did get to spend it with good friends and try out 2 new kinds of sangria, which you should definitely try: White Strawberry-Lemon Sangria and Fruity Moscato Sangria. Here’s hoping 31 is a better year than 30.
We had a great crop from our garden this year, lots of tomatoes and peppers. No pictures, because I forgot I even owned a camera for most of the summer.
I’m already looking forward to fall. Sometimes I feel like I’m wishing my life away, but the last year has been so hard, and this summer brought fresh grief. I won’t miss it. Cool weather, fall holidays, getting greens in the ground and spending more time outside…sounds like a good recipe for much-needed healing.