For starters, I have a daughter in the house, and there are very few things that make me happier than having a daughter in the house. Unless it's two daughters in the house, but hey I take what I can get.
She loves walking in the door and having her picture taken. In my defense, she looked so adorable and teacher-y in her navy blue dress with the cute necklace and shoes I couldn't help myself.
Speaking of teachers...if you haven't read this post (Worst End of School Year Mom Ever) by Jen Hatmaker, and you're a parent or a teacher hanging on by your fingernails just waiting for the school year to end, you should. It made me smile, and then my daughter came home telling me how her fifth grade students turned their classroom into a wax museum today, with all the kids in costume. Made me laugh, although she said the students all absolutely loved it and were really into their roles. Not a slacker parent in the bunch.
Daughter2 is only home home for a week before she has to head back to uni and finish her final term in grad school. Not a long visit, but we'll make the most of it. Time flies when you're having fun, right daughter2? She might not find that funny with a summer full of classes looming large, but I am super proud of how this girl always puts her nose to the grindstone and gets things done.
Hubs collected her from the airport last night (flight delayed, of course), and then I met them at the diner for dinner because that's what we do on airport pickup days. Not a lot of options for dinner at 9 PM in tiny town unless of course I were to cook. Right. Who wants to cook at that time of night? 9 PM on a Thursday night is practically Friday, and I think it's been well established here I don't cook dinner on Fridays.
This morning daughter2 will have to rise and shine at the crack of dawn. Or rather, at what she considers the crack of dawn, but which in fact is not even close to the actual crack of dawn. She's going with me to help make and serve lunch at a nearby soup kitchen today, and lunch must be prepared at the 'crack of dawn'.
Next week we'll do some shopping, and some lunching, plus I've recruited her to help me bake desserts for my gourmet group, so we'll keep busy. We wanted to pick strawberries, and normally this would be the right week, but the weather has been so cool they're not expected to be ready. We'll see...it's pretty hot and humid here now.
We have some fun weekend plans involving a nephew turning seven. Daughter2 has never been in town on his actual birthday ever, so this one will be extra special.
And finally, today my sweet niece celebrates her birthday. FYI-we like to bunch our birthdays up around here. Daughter1's birthday is only a week away, and when they were little the two girls often had joint family parties.
I found this snapshot from way back when, my niece's 4th birthday and Daughter1's 3rd birthday party held in our backyard. This one had a little Mermaid theme and they both got Cabbage Patch Dolls and hot pink jellies. The 90's were fun, weren't they?
My niece is turning something more than four this year, but is still cute as a button-
Smart and funny too...Happy Birthday Miss K!
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