Life. It just keeps on going, eh? John just rolled out of the driveway with a canoe on his truck and two excited girls in the cab. A fishin’ they will go tonight. And baby girl is napping, way longer than is probably good for her (or me in the middle of the night), but whatev. IT’S QUIET, YO!!! I don’t mess with quiet.
This will be a bullet point journaling post… with a few pics spliced here and there… maybe. We’ll see how it goes. I am a blog-as-you-go kind of person, rather than the plan-your-posts-and-write-them-in-advance kind of person. My grammatical errors and frequent tangents probably clued you into that already. Whatever. Its how I roll.
So here we go….
Sydney’s last day of preschool was this week. Summer vacation is upon us. As a dear friend of mine said, “its summer vacation now… where my little ray of sunshine will be home with me 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 4 weeks a month….smile.” I need to plan ahead and get some structure in place so we don’t waste the summer wasting time and energy wasting time. As a side note, Sydney… you know, the little cherub I have had great difficulties with for the past couple of years? She’s a dream child. No one told me age four is such a dream. I think I missed Adelaide’s 4 because Sydney was 2 and her age 2 slightly dominated everything at that point. But man, what a huge, gigantic, collosal difference four has been. I just want to eat her up like an ice cream sunday.
I am on day 3 of no wheat. I have to say that my willpower the last couple of days has surprised even me. I have never been known for my, uh, ability to stick to something hard. Yes, i am aware this is only day 3, but if everything i have read about this deal is true, it should only get easier after the first week or so. I actually turned down an entire dessert table at a picnic today. Booyah. This thing better work. Hope I don’t kill my family this weekend if the cravings get bad.
Wedding season has commenced for Chelsea Hudson Photography. Shot my first wedding at the beautiful Chesapeake Bay Foundation with the even more beautiful Kevin & Taryn. Can’t think of a better way to start off the season this year. It was perfect. Just perfect. You can check it out on the blog, if you so choose. June is full to overflowing with weddings for me… one in Phoenix, one in Arlington,VA and one in Towson, MD. All will be a blast to shoot and are with awesome people (including my lovely sister in law!). I really do think I have such an awesome job. There is another website renovation going on… this time because I realized my site is not viewable on mobile devices as is. And that simply won’t do. When the site launches there will be updated pricing, a mini session marathon and more announced! Stay tuned!
Adelaide is cruising through kindergarten. She is tall and sweet… with a side helping of attitude these days. No one told me about age six. Wow. I feel like it is a dead wringer for foreshadowing the preteen years. We had a blast at her school’s international night a few weeks ago. One of the teachers allowed her to wear a bavarian girl’s outfit and it was simply adorable on her. We manned a Germany Table complete with curry wurst, Ritter Sport chocolate, and pumpernickel bread. I love that her school is truly multi-ethnic and that she is making friends and interacting with so many different ethnicities in her class and the other kindergarten classes. Kindergarten graduation is just around the corner and I am sure I will be sniffling through it all. Here is a picture of Adelaide dressed up as a German girl, and then a picture of me, at age 5ish, dressed up as a German girl. CRAZY!
Nadia is 18 months now. Adorable and loud. We have arrived at the screaming phase. Oh Jesus, please help me. Sydney’s scream fest lasted so long I waned to just disappear until she found her words. And here we are again. Nadia definitely has an opinion, an agenda and is oh-so-determined to make it all happen according to her plan. Blows my mind. But when she smiles at me, walks over and lays her head on my leg and sucks her thumb looking at me with her big blue eyes, I am mush. Complete mush.
John is the proud driver of a bright yellow truck. It is part of the deal of his last promotion. We are a ray of sunshine in our neighborhood, now. Whether they like it or not. He is making little nature lovers out of the girls. They love to go fishing and hiking with him. Anytime. Everytime.
Speaking of the neighborhood, we had our second annual Mother-Daughter Garden Tea Party this past weekend in the neighborhood. It was so great! So much fun and just a perfect day. All the moms contributed food, drinks, decor, and crafts. They girls had a blast dressing up in all kinds of paraphernalia, decorating mini cakes, eating alot, running alot, and especially laughing alot. Like I said, it was just perfect! I am so blessed to have such rich neighborhood community here. (more pics and blog post to come on this one!)
I have had an incredible month of making all kinds of connections in the fight against human trafficking. God has brought amazing, passionate people across my path (in person and via the internet) and I am starting to feel a sense of community in this journey. I felt like it was time to launch a blog that could be devoted to just human trafficking and other injustices, and more specifically our response to them, and in so doing get my “family blog” back on track and back to recording and remembering life around here. DO A LITTLE GOOD BLOG is a dream that is starting to come to reality and I am beyond excited, humbled and anxiously anticipate all God has in store for me and others as we journey into this issue more and more. Check it out: http://www.doalittlegoodblog.wordpress.com
And that is about all for now…