I had all kinds of lofty goals I was going to achieve this summer and the majority of those have become lofty goals I'm going to achieve this fall but then that's pretty much the way things go around here.
We were dealt a good hand and have had a great summer that has included lots of experiences and growth for all.
Annie had a couple of sleepovers - one being two nights in a row in another town after which she proudly declared "I wasn't ever scared and didn't miss you because it was so quick."
I had mixed emotions with this little step of independence (two nights away and I begin to panic about sending her off to college - someone hand me a bag to breathe into!) but am proud she is comfortable being away from us for short periods of time. She also added some new places to her "where I've been list" and is now constantly pointing out Abraham Lincoln to us.
Her maturity these last few months has brought some challenges as she's begun to test some boundaries and question why about a lot of things and now requires more of an explanation than "that's just the way it is."
While Philip and I remain the authority on all things (even if she disagrees with our decision), my sense of fashion and taste in clothes has become increasingly off-the mark. This should make back-to-school shopping in the next couple of weeks interesting.
Denver is currently "speed crawling" (he can match just about any stride with how fast he's gotten on his hands and knees), cruising, and is thisclose to walking on his own.
Through the summer he has started eating some solids and unlike the refined palette that Annie has developed of loving only chicken nuggets, PBJ, corn dogs, and desserts, he likes just about anything we give him.
He loves to talk and laughs at everything. His chattering now includes a definite Dadda, a close sounding Momma, and something that we assume means Annie. He may be little - but he's loud and makes sure we know he's around.
I'm convinced he's trying his hardest to experience a concussion before his first birthday.
He climbs on everything and may be beginning to think his name is actually "No Denver" because he usually turns around and smiles (see next picture) when he hears that and goes right back to whatever MacGyver move he's doing at the time.
We've caught him mid-fall more than once this summer and it's not unusual to see him on his tiptoes trying to grab something or hanging off the back of some piece of furniture.
Their lazy summer days have consisted of park playdates, attending the church co-op, story hour at the library, and swimming with friends.
Annie is always watching out for him and loves every last bit of him but now that he's mobile has begun to see what having a little bother is REALLY like.
She's okay with it. :)
Long holiday weekends, staying up late, vacations, ice cream, swimming, road trips...summer is so fun.
All the beautiful photography in this post (and on the sidebar and heading of the blog) was done by the lovely Leida Schimmer of Leida Schimmer Photography. She's the best.