One of my favorite things about summer is hanging out in my parents backyard. The two of them put so much TLC into our childhood home & yard, even though they are empty-nesters now. My mom is a bird lover. Not one of those crazy-bird-lover types, but a bird-lover nonetheless. And their backyard is a sanctuary for those little creatures.
|Emeline and her PopPop looking for birds.|
So, we have a lot of cookouts there in the summer. Last minute, thrown-together cookouts.
|If there's a game on? Bring the TV outside. Because, why not? It's summer and anything goes.|
It's been HOT here. Yesterday I finally put Eme in her swimsuit and we played at the splash park. I honestly think it should be some kind of law for a little splash-zone section to be instated at every single park. Because, dude, IT IS HOT HERE. And the slides and other playground toys are stingy-hot right now, and pretty much impossible to enjoy.
|For being one of the littlest ones there, she held her own.|
I had a lot of moments at the park yesterday where I kind of scratched my head like, who the heck is that toddler? And why does she look so big? Surely that's not my baby girl.
I have a feeling those moments are going to keep on coming, too. I'm not sure how I feel about it either.
|Aunt Susie makes the park that.much.better.|
|Hello curly-q. Nice to meet you. [Eme & her 5-week-younger cousin, Ian.]|
|And with her big-cousin, Jayden.|
So the summer days are good. A little bitter-sweet...but good. I remember looking forward to this summer so much. Declan and I would talk about her being a big-girl, able to play at the playground, go in the pool, and run around & play. She's doing that all now, and it's like--whoa momma.
We're gonna enjoy it. Because next summer? Is gonna come too fast.