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This blog is a series of anecdotes from our life after losing our first child, a stillborn daughter, then going on to birth the two other lights of our lives!

Bear is 6: serious, organized, my cruise director and my time keeper.

The Comedian is 4: She is pure comedy always doing something unintentionaly funny that I attempt to put into words.

Enjoy our stories, conversations, and delights as we embrace the lives of our second and third daughters without ever negating our first.

Children's Widsom - Quote of the week...

Children's Widsom - Quote of the week...
"I Wish Emma Was Alive Because I Would Tell Her Where The Bathroom Is"

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Show and Tell -- A Summer Slideshow

To say this summer has been busy would be a gross understatement. I guess I expected that, as all summers tend to get cluttered with activities, but this year it was the sudden onset of our business took me by storm.

We began the summer (read: expectation / responsibility free environment) by playing hooky from the last day of school to escape to soggy Cape Cod. It was blissful, wet or no. And as much as I tried (vowed) to maintain that level of la-de-da, do what we do when we want to do it without looking at the clock mentality at home, the stressors seem to creep in! And, before I knew it, I had managed not just to book us solid for a week, but to overbook a thing or two!

Old habits and all. *sigh* will.do.better! For, I know when the girls look back on this summer they will not remember my superior scheduling ability or feel accomplished by the number of posts I managed to get finished or even families touched by Share Southern Vermont’s outreach.
They will remember:

Tennis Camp!
Strawberry Picking...
and processing...
and how amazing that fresh jam tasted!
And that mom made her FIRST PIE EVER that actually tasted quite good, but that she forgot to line the bottom of the stove with foil and it bubbled over. They will most probably also recall that mom exclaimed, "Thank goodness we don't have smoke detectors in the kitchen" (where - of course, we should) while opening every door and window within 12 feet. Yeah-- good times -- good memories!
Oh - and don't forget our 'borrowed' backyard. Looks sw-eet, yes? Seriously, our neighbor stopped and said, "I worked really hard to get the pool open and now all my kids are away at summer camp, so - use it, whenever you want, even if we aren't here!" Um...OK!
It's like having two of their favorite things...but not! Jumping on the tramp...
Swimming in the pool... um, I mean lounging!
Eating popsicles in the bathtub because it is Pouring Rain - AGAIN!
Hanging out in the boat, instead of on the lake, because...well - you guessed it...MORE RAIN!
Oh, and who can forget Comedian's face when Grandma lit a sparkler on the 4th of July??

Balance…balance…family, ‘work’, posting, SSV, commenting – oops, just fell of the beam again!

Here’s to summer. Here’s to memory making. Here’s to time well spent!!

Now, be sure to check out what the rest of the class is showing.


Lavender Luz said...

Priceless pix.

Yay on those strawberries and the yummy stuff you made of them!

Great memories, truly.

Lollipop Goldstein said...

Congratulations on losing you pie virginity. Summer is whipping by. I wish I could slow it down.

Kristin said...

I missed strawberry picking this year. But, around here that is a Mother's Day type activity. We will have to go next year. SOunds like you are making fabulous memories.

The Steadfast Warrior said...

What a wonderful slideshow! Trust me, they will remember these days, if not the specifics, but the feelings of happiness that they they produce.

Don't forget, while on the beam, to hold out your arms when you feel off kilter, to steady yourself. If needed, the spotter will be there to catch you. :)

Malky B. said...

Looks like you guys are having a fun summer. Yummy looking jam.

WiseGuy said...

Beautiful summer...love the jars and jars and jars of strawberry jam...is it all for the family, or did you gift it around as well?

Love the popsicle and the sparklers snaps a lot!

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Your beautiful girls will always remember that you made the time to share in summer fun with them, even if they forget the specifics.

Those strawberries and the jam look incredible!

Flying Monkeys said...

Mmmm, homemade jam is so tasty. I don't make it myself but a have a friend who spares me a jar of pie cherry jam every fall. To die for!
Summer memories never fade, it looks like you're making a lot!
And I LOVE the wind quote!