I feel like I've been saying this a lot this year, but I can't believe another month has already come and gone! I've been decidedly absent from so many things these days (including, but not limited to: blogging) and just kind of struggling to stay afloat amidst this pregnancy. But June! June had so many wonderful things and it kind of flew by so here is somewhat of a recap post...
We celebrated our two June birthday girls with cupcakes and hum bows and a piñata in the park (our kids are now officially ages 2, 4, 6, and 8, how did that happen?!). They have grown up so much this year and I'm loving these ages. Naomi and I have a great deal of fun together, whether it's shopping or crafting or staying up late and watching Les Mis, I really do love having an older daughter.
Akemi and I were on our way home one night and she pointed to the sky and said "look mama! the sky is cotton candy!" her little face just beaming. Then she spotted the moon peeking out and said "the moon is following us, it wants to be friends with me!" melt my heart. She is so in awe of everything these days and it's such a great reminder of how precious this life is. It's easy enough to get carried away in the stress of day to day things and forget to look around and breathe it all in, but with her around, everything is exciting and beautiful and amazing. No matter what we are doing, she comes up to us a million times a day and says "guess what my surprise is??" and proceeds to show us something completely ordinary she found around the house (like her stuffed pig or a pair of Violet's socks...). She is such a sweetheart.
△ 8 month baby bump... can't wait to meet this little girl!
The kids have been tending to our little container garden, although it's kind of sad compared to our abundance of last year... I haven't been able to do as much with them and was totally late getting things planted. We had ONE zucchini so far and I was watching it grow bigger and so looking forward to making some zucchini bread and then some critter took it in the night! Is it ok to cry about things like this when you're 8 months pregnant? Because I was pretty heartbroken! And suddenly jealous of everyone with overflowing zucchini plants like "why can't that be me?" It's such a silly thing, I know. So we are back to waiting. Hopefully we will have somewhat of a harvest by the end of the summer, but I also recognize that this season in our lives is just different and we might not be doing as much this summer. Baby this year, garden the next :)
And speaking of babies, the way Henry just adores little Violet is pretty much the cutest thing on earth. He "gets" babies in a way other kids don't and is so gentle and sweet and loving. In fact he says he wishes he was still a baby because being a baby is awesome and you don't have to do chores and people worship you. (I guess we must love babies in this house?) These two play together every morning and she calls him in by yelling "oh henry!" and giggles when he runs to her. He is teaching her all sorts of animal names and her vocab for a 2 year old is PRETTY AMAZING. Although I do love how she calls her blanket YANKET. Let's just keep doing that for a while because it is sooooo cute when we tuck her in and she says "yanket pease!"
△ our days have been full of fresh fruit and rainy afternoon crafts and little lollipop eating girls!
△ father's day fish and chips and veggie burgers with our man ... and also, pregnancy cravings! △
△ Violet had a little virus for a week, but we made sure to get lots of cuddle time in.
△ oh summer... how I love your hydrangeas and fresh watermelons and breezy sunny evenings
△ also, this baby! she's the cutest and she totally cracks us up. though we really are trying not to call her a baby anymore since will soon be a big sister! ah she's growing up too fast!