He’s six. Somehow, somewhere, enough days have passed to make this once pudgy little thing a tall, lanky six year old. Six. Six! When it was enough years to fit on one hand, it still made him my little guy. Now I feel like he’ll start rolling his eyes when I call him that, or not taking my hand as we walk into a new place. So far, he’s still taking it. And every time he does I think, “Oh, I’m so glad he’s still holding my hand.” It’s such a sweet, intimate act. We don’t say anything. My hand falls to my side, opens, and he takes it. Being a Mom is magic.
A friend and I met at our favorite farm yesterday for some raspberries and blueberries. It was so hot, but we did our pickings, and then got outta there. This weekend we’re celebrating PARKER’S SIXTH BIRTHDAY. I’ll refrain from going on about it now. Anyway, hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Some weekend reading…
It’s been forever since I’ve done a lately post, and they’re such a nice way to capture a whole bunch of things that we’ve been up to these days. We’ve been really busy, good busy, but really busy. I climbed into Parker’s top bunk the other night and started looking at a book on the planets with him. He starts rattling off the planets, “Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn…” in the correct order. He can’t read yet. So he’s reciting them because he just knows them. When did that happen? I asked him. “Parker, when did you learn these?” It’s strange when your kid goes to school and you realize that they’re learning things from other people not on your watch. I asked if he learned it there. He didn’t confirm. It’s a mystery. But it also was evidence of this: Time’s moving fast. A lot’s happening. Good stuff, but a lot of it.
Making: a lot of veggie/chicken sausage sautees (Steve’s probably reading this and thinking, “Really? A lot of them, Bridge? Sure you don’t want to retract that statement?”). OK, when I do make dinner (which isn’t as often in the summer as it is the rest of the year), then I make it. So easy.
Drinking: Hmm… smoothies! Rose! White wine! Water! How’s that?
Reading: I already said this, but digging into this book on parenting and really loving it. I’ll try to do a post on the highlights in the coming month.
Wanting: these bras in every single color forever; they’re truly the best (I had one–forever–and just bought two more because they’re that great.). On sale!
Watching: Game of Thrones of course. And if I were on that show I would not cross Arya Stark. Even over Cercei. Arya is a beast. Oh! And Captain Fantastic which I’ve already gone on about in my stories. But please tell me you’ve watched or you’re going to. Really good. And not a superhero movie despite the misleading title.
Listening: to my latest playlist. Probably a lot of songs you’ve heard on my IG stories, too. Check it out! I have a ton of playlists over there if you search my name.
Wishing: that cut flowers would last longer.
Enjoying: these summer days. Like so, so, so much.
Loving: the way Anders literally greets me like he hasn’t seen me in days every single time I walk in the house.
Hoping: that you’re all finding some sweetness this summer, any way you can.
Needing: more hours in a day. I want to read, I want to blog, I want to play card games with the kids, I want to grocery shop, clean my house, cook good dinners, go for a bike ride, do my hair, plan another trip, jump on the bouncy house, watch a good show. There’s just not enough time to do it all.
Feeling: like I just want to do right by my kids. More than pretty much anything in the world.
Wearing: these shorts; I don’t know what I did in the summers before them (wore other clothes is a good guess). This is my second summer with them and I wear them all the time.
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I made a list the other day on my phone. I’ve been lying in bed walking myself through our area, and particularly through the attractions that come awake entirely during New England’s summer. Ice cream shops, go-kart racing, farms with fruit fresh for picking, pools and splash pads, mini golf, quarries, beaches, fried clams, summer concerts or drive-in movies. I realized it’s already mid-July. Being away and losing the month of June in New England has made this summer feel especially quick. I never feel this way in February. So I made a list of things I want to try to accomplish before these warm days are behind us. Summer really makes New England shine. It’s a shame it’s as short as it is because New England has enough to offer in summer to last all year long. But the poor thing and its inhabitants have to frantically squeeze it all in in roughly two and a half months. An impossible task.
We had the coldest summer weather the other day–low 60s and rain–which wasn’t such a terrible break from sun and heat. The boys played with Legos, knights, and then had a picnic on the kitchen floor. All Parker’s idea. He got out his school lunch box and set it all up. I happened to catch the perfect scene. Love these boys so much.
Some weekend reading…
A few weeks back I was packing for our trip, or, more to the point, avoiding packing for our trip so I clicked onto IG stories and did a breakdown of what I bring along on trips as a sort of stay healthy or get back to good health kit. I had so many of you asking to link to these things in a bigger blog post, so here it is!
We’ve been home for two weeks and it feels like we’ve been home two days, but then when we were there, those three weeks, they crawled. In a good way. Travel time, in some ways (and very much not in others), seems to move at a pace entirely different than home time. Home time is frantic. The days bleed into one another. They all look the same. I was at a birthday party with Parker the other day and my friend asked, “What’d you do yesterday?” I had to look at my phone for clues in my camera roll of what I did the day before. Is there something wrong with me?
I made a caprese pasta salad for 4th of July in Salem. Here’s the start of it! (I share food stuff on IG stories a lot–this pasta included–so if you like that sort of thing, check it out!) Everyone loved it! (Except me. At 32, I’m still not a huge fan of raw tomatoes. I wish I could get over it. Note: I WILL still eat them!) Today it’s rainy so we might do a movie date with the boys, and we’ve got some plans with friends this evening! Hope you all have a nice weekend. I’ll be back next week to share some more of our trip (I’m really getting behind), among other things!
Some weekend reading…
After Florence, we had one week left in Orvieto. We’d visited Assisi during our last trip, so Siena was the goal this time for an accessible day trip from Orvieto. Just about an hour and a half, it was the perfect distance for a little nap for Anders. Did he take one? I can hardly remember. (On second thought, he didn’t! He fell asleep as soon as we got there and we ate with him asleep in the stroller. How could I forget that quiet lunch?) Even so, it was a good distance, and, we took a meandering return drive which was a highlight of the trip. In fact, this whole day was. Sylvia went with us, Steve drove her car, and she brought along a big bag of lumachelle. Bless her. I think I mentioned them last time, but they’re these tiny bread rolls with cheese and pancetta baked inside and I can eat approximately 27 of them in one sitting.