A few highlights from this week:
1. We had a park picnic and play date with the Beuters. Stephanie and Mark work with Boomer at Forbush, and their daughter Lyla is just a few months older than Emmy. The girls had fun, while the adults were able to talk too.
2. I had a meeting at school on Tuesday, so Emmy and I made a trip to Pilot Mountain. It has been over a month since I have been at ESHS! During my meeting, Emmy hung out with our friends Ashley, Harrison, and Griffin. Harrison is 3, and Griffin is 10 months, so Ashley was a champ to watch all three little ones. After my meeting, we played outside for a bit before it was time to head back to Kernersville for naptime.
3. Emmy and I went to the Science Center on Wednesday. Emmy got a close-up view of the lemurs and some of the marine animals. Afterwards, we went out to lunch at Freddy's. I was proud of myself for managing a solo field trip!
4. We moved up to new shoes! We finally packed away the old pink size-3 shoes, and now we are rotating between her size-4 Nikes and a new pair of size-5 pink tennis shoes.
5. We visited Great Gma, and Emmy liked riding on the front of her walker.
6. On Thursday, Emmy and I walked with our friends Megan and her newborn Peyton. After our walk, we had a picnic on the grass.
7. For the second Thursday evening in a row, we went with my parents to a summer concert in the park. This one was in downtown Kernersville at the Botanical Gardens. Emmy was quite a hit with the other concert-goers as she danced and showed off in front of crowd around us.
8. We closed out the week with a pool date with the Williamses and the Joneses. Emmy and Laurel were matching in their pink and blue bathing suits, with Laurel being a little more cooperative for a photo than Emmy.
We have settled into a sweet routine, and I am so thankful for these summer days. We are really in a groove. Usually the morning starts with Emmy waking up around 7:30AM. Compared to the school year when I have to wake her up at 6AM, this time is much more reasonable. Sometimes I will workout before Emmy wakes up, either going to the gym, going for a run around the neighborhood, or popping in a DVD. Boomer has to leave for work around 7AM, so if I opt to sleep in instead, I will bring Emmy along to the gym after she wakes up and then use the childcare room there. After Mommy's workout, we will head to our next adventure. This week was a good sample of what those adventures might be: walks with friends, the Science Center, picnics or the pool. We usually are back home by 1PM so that Emmy can nap. While Emmy naps, I will fit in some chores, shower, or (most likely) sit out on the back patio and read. After a full and fun morning with Emmy, I enjoy the quiet time for a bit. Around 3PM or 4PM, Emmy will wake up, and we will wait for Daddy to get off work. Our evenings have been spent eating dinner, taking walks, and playing in the living room. Bedtime for Emmy is around 8:30PM. As we reach the midpoint of summer, I can't help but begin to think about August and the start of the school year. I am very optimistic about the school year ahead; I don't feel any 'dread' in that regard. But I am sad to think about how our days will look very different. Being away from Emmy for 10 hours a day will be hard. I hope that the second half of the summer passes slowly!