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Summer Is Here!

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Summer is in full swing here and, so far, it has been superb.

The days have been hot, the evenings have been warm, especially within the walls of our non-air conditioned home.

Bed time has been pushed way back, making mornings a little hard to wake up for.

Faces are sticky with ice cream and melted s’mores.

Jack’s skin constantly smells of sunscreen.

The backyard smells of charcoal mixed with the aroma wafting from a lightly brushed basil plant. And, you will be hard-pressed to find us eating a meal indoors.

I often struggle with life in Seattle. The endless gray and drizzle for much of the year can feel very monotonous.

But in the summer, all of that goes away.

Summer shines in Seattle like nowhere else; there is no place I’d rather be.

We are extending our days with the sun, excited to soak it all up.

Hope you are doing the same.

Still catching up on our weekly photo series…
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Four weeks ago, we were at Green Lake with some of our best friends, The Gallardos, who were visiting from Florida. The kids were stopping to explore as we walked around the lake and this particular moment of exploration, that we happened to even catch on camera, turned from fun to terrifying really quickly when Jack fell off of the dock edge into the water. (See him in the above photo starting to lose his balance?)
It all happened so quickly, thank goodness, but it was still horrifying thinking about all of the “what ifs…”. Jack was brave, but it also hit him like a wave as his shock wore off and he processed his own fear.
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A few hours after the incident when we were alone, he said to me, “Mama, do you know what I was thinking about when I was in the water? I was thinking I might not ever see my house again…”. Oh, you can believe that I had trouble choking down my emotions with that comment.

This little boy…I love him more than all else. And, sometimes it feels like I can’t possibly keep him close enough.

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All about the World Cup in our house this month. Jack cheers for both teams, every game. This sweet boy hates for anyone to feel sad about losing.

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This photo was taken the day we received our “Red Balloons for Ryan” shirt in the mail, Jack added his own Spider-Man flair to it. Indie Nook, along with many other amazing companies, designed products in support of the family of Ryan Cruz, a little boy who lost his life after running into the road to get his frisbee and being hit by a car. The story touched my heart and sparked many tough conservations around here about being safe near cars. We hold hands almost always now when taking walks and in parking lots. I can’t lie and say that I mind…

(Always working to get caught up…I really need to find my groove with photo organization. I’m hoping if I can find a way to make it simple, then I will start to organize them from my phone weekly…in my dreams!)

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Jack played t-ball for the first time last month. In fact, it was his first team sports experience outside of school. I won’t say it was all fun and games…there was one night where we both left crying after a long and completely frustrating protest of t-ball playing. It was one of those moments that leaves you, as a parent, wondering why you are even doing said activity in the first place. It drove me to read parenting articles and blogs, which led me to a clearer perspective of my goals and a plan to use in navigating this obstacle moving forward.

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And, I’m relieved to say that, aside from that one night, we all 3 had a blast meeting new friends and Jack loved being part of a team and learning something new. He was quite serious about it at times- check out that look of pure determination when he’s running the bases with his tongue sticking out, just as his Auntie used to do- and there were moments where he was completely the opposite of serious- when he twirled around in the field with his glove atop his head or when he sat on the base cones and pretended they were horses. In other words, he acted just a t-ball player should.
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This week Jack starts a new t-ball league, with actual games, that lasts through August. We are looking forward to more fun, more new friends, and more mastery of skills. And, of course, the most exciting things- trophies and end of the season parties (with baseball cupcakes)!

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These sweet freckles make me weak in the knees.
Photo credit goes to David; picture taken on Jack’s last day of Lil’ Sluggers t-ball.

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I’m a little behind posting the weekly photo, so I’m playing catch up this week. Thank you Aunt Laura for this incredible picture of Jack! She took it at Seattle Center and sent it to us while we were spending the weekend away (We did a date weekend at a winery…with a pool! More to come on that…). This picture made us smile big!

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