Saturdays are family days, and we had a full morning – including some scenic driving, window shopping and meeting Granna at Rao’s for lunch. So this afternoon, we decided to put the girls down for their nap, and relax together on the couch to watch a video we had rented.
Yesterday, June 22, was the anniversary of the day Jeff and I met. For some of you who may not know, we met in China. My friend and I were visiting on a 2-week trip, and Jeff had just moved to the city. That day, he took my friend and me to see the beautiful glacier in the city where we lived there. It was a long, hard walk to the top, and after we caught our breath and realized that we weren’t actually going to catch a glimpse of the glacier, due to the massive fog, Jeff opened up his backpack and gave us each a Snicker’s bar and a mini can of Pringles, explaining that we’d need an energy boost because of how hard we had just worked our bodies.
After showing us around town, we ate at a local “restaurant” called “La Mu’s”, where we had chocolate-banana milkshakes for dessert. Well, as close as you can get to chocolate-banana milkshakes.
So, in honor of that special day 7 years ago, I made fried rice for supper tonight, and chocolate-banana milkshakes for dessert. And for Jeff’s lunch tomorrow, I packed a Snicker’s bar, and some pizza-flavored Pringles. It’s the little things.
We went blueberry picking again today, and I know I just posted about blueberry picking (read more in our earlier post.) But when I caught this on camera, I just had to share it with all of you.
Maggie had a bucket in one hand, and her cup of water in the other. So what else was a girl to do? It was too funny, although she couldn’t understand what we were all giggling about. Don’t you love it?
Well, we were at a baby shower for our friend Treasure last weekend, and as everyone was cleaning up afterwards, Maggie found this bow made of tulle and ribbon and someone put it on her head. She was thrilled! She really is the best of both worlds. She loves babies and bows and pretty dresses. (The best is when I’m getting dressed on Sunday mornings and she says “ooh, mommy pretty!) But she also loves puppies and grass and running barefoot outside. I love my girls!
Blueberries and the spray park.
These are two things we’ve been enjoying lately here in hot southeast Texas. The spray park just opened the day of Maggie’s birthday party, and this past Sunday, we took our sandwiches I’d prepared for supper and ate them at the park. The we took the girls over to the spray area, where a dozen or so other families were enjoying a refreshing break on a hot Sunday evening. Children were running around squealing; dads were holding their kids under plastic palm trees. The coconuts filled with water and sporadically spilled over to everyone underneath. Maggie was thrilled, and ran around from one sprinkler to sprayer, squealing, and voluntarily sticking her face in the water. It was so fun to watch . I’ll have to take pictures next time. I was pretty leary about taking my new camera near the water! But here are a few shots of the afternoon.
This morning, we got up early, picked up our friend Lindsey, stopped for some McDonald’s coffee (just for the adults), and headed north to a blueberry-picking farm.
Griffin Berry Farm is not yet certified organic, but uses organic methods in their farming. And the results – yummy, fresh, juicy blueberries. It was Maggie’s first time to pick, and she was quite good at it. Her method was one for the bucket, one for me! She ate so many her teeth were blue. The farm is family-owned, and it’s a great place for picnicking too.
It was hot, even in the shade at 10am. But it was so fun, and so worth it.
I am really looking forward to next year, when Lilly can pick them too.
Sunday, Maggie turned 2-years-old. I now understand what people mean when they say it goes by really fast. I can’t believe how big she’s gotten, so quickly. In many ways, she is so grown up, and it’s been a fascinating journey – from sweet, tiny, curled up baby to bright, inquisitive, joy-filled little lady – and witnessing every day in between.
Here are a few pics of our fun-filled day on Saturday:
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And I LOVE this picture. This is our friend Liam, and he loves trains. he brought his trains to the party, and in this picture he’s telling her the names of each train. She is listening intently, probably because she loves trains too. It was a super sweet moment I was glad to catch on camera.
A lot has changed in a year… just look at Maggie here on her birthday one year ago!