Sometimes summer brings along a few days with no chance for a nap, and bedtime getting pushed back a bit later. This all cumulates into a tired little girl. A tired little girl that is forced to get up for swimming lessons. A tired little girl that is forced to get up for swimming lessons that she usually loves.
She still loved them, all the way to the pool, and then... tears. Lots and lots of tears. So, after we tortured her with back floats, head bobs, and swimming with the instructor, it was time for a reprieve.
Today I'm staying home, and the day is filled with lots of relaxation, playing in her 'tent' by the back doors and most definitely, a nap.
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“To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.”
Have you ever tried to look at the world through the eyes of a child? It's wild with opportunity, brimming with adventure, loaded with color, chock-full of fun, dense with passion, and overflowing with questions. I think it's pretty amazing.
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The Giraffe Encounter at the Zoo of course! Which, by the way, is the answer to this question.
This is Honey the Giraffe.
Actually, I don't know what her real name is, but that's what I call her. Because she's sweet. And because she reminds me of honey. Just look at that beautiful caramel coloring. Maybe I should call her caramel instead.
I'll just stick with Honey. Honey the Giraffe.
This is Honey asking for a cracker. She sticks out her tongue and directs it just so that it points to the treat in your hand. It's sweet. Really sweet.
I was expecting to have a hand full of goo after she licked the cracker out of it, but surprisingly, Honey had a pretty dry tongue.
We enjoyed meeting Honey. I invited her to stay with us for awhile, but I guess my offer just wasn't too enticing. I wasn't holding the bucket of crackers, or the large leaf covered tree branch. Next time I'll be better prepared.
Since our house is currently being taken over by strawberries, this was my dinner last night. After a tiring, beautiful, long, fun-filled, exhausting, hot, laugher-laden, tantrum-averting, bright, sunny day we were hungry. As my husband and daughter attacked their dinner, I whipped up some biscuits, mashed a few handfuls of the fresh strawberries and made 'whipped cream' from coconut milk. This was the result, and it was delicious. I didn't want to eat anything else... and I didn't.
The day brought us to the local strawberry patch, picking, tasting and searching for the reddest, ripest strawberries. The best part was hearing, "Mommy, I found one!!" being squealed with excitement. That and running through the sprinklers that were watering the unpicked strawberry patch to cool off.
Fittingly, our first day of summer was spent floating around the pool. The high heat index and plentiful sunshine lured us out and into the blue water for most of the day. Splashing, jumping, swimming and spinning all joined in with floating to create a perfectly refreshing Father's Day and a splendid prelude to summer.
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"The best gift a father can give to his son is the gift of himself - his time. For material things mean little, if there is not someone to share them with."
~C. Neil Strait
The wedding we attended yesterday reminded me of these special pictures from my own wedding. Special because they're of my daddy and I.
Time spent with a father is truly a special gift, and I still treasure each moment with him. Happy Father's Day!
Of course I couldn't let you go without sharing a tiny peek of the precious couple from yesterday, my nephew and his new wife.
They had the cutest flower girl ever.
Ahem, although I couldn't be bais or anything.
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I had the house to myself last night, after finally getting Aliyah out of the pool and peacefully into bed. It was a long, fulfilling day, the kind that drains you, but leaves you with a smile on your face... and a few messes in the house. I decided to leave the messes, take a shower and relax. Usually I make the opposite decision when the house is "empty," running around cleaning everything that didn't get cleaned, picked up, washed or put away during the course of a few busy days.
But, what the heck. That stuff can wait, right?
Instead I nuzzled up to some flowers. Pretty, serene, happy flowers.
And all was right with the world.
Good thing I don't have a macro lens yet, or I'd probably be making out with it right now.
So we recently enrolled our, not so baby anymore, Baby Blue in swim lessons. It went about as well as was expected, she is loving them.
Already being the little fish that she is, she couldn't be happier to be in the water, even if someone is telling her what to do.
And it wouldn't be like her to not make friends with the girl that likes to splash. These two were having fun throwing water droplets our way.
So, next time, if she falls in our pool... Yes, I said next time, because she has already done it more than once. Although she is very careful around our pool and we are always out with her, just the frequency with which we are outside in the summer invites falling in a time or two.
So, next time, if she falls in our pool, she should be able to get herself to the side.
Don't worry, I won't let her try it all by herself.
Summer is definitely feeling like it's in full swing, and the thought delights me! I love the simplicity of summer. Not having to dress in layers, the option to leave windows open for a refreshing breeze, casual dinners out on the patio... meaning little cleanup. It's the small moments found in the everyday. It's been awhile since I documented the everyday in a photo. Winter to be exact. With the current sunny season being such a stark contrast to the last photo series, I thought it was time for another.
Join with me if you'd like and let's see what we can find in the simple, small moments of summer. I won't post this series 30 straight days in a row, but I will capture my 30 Days of Summer and share them with you here.