Somehow the end of summer is upon us. Last week Ian returned to his Parent's Morning Out (PMO) program, signifying the end of summer for us. I know summer lasts further, but it felt like a transition for our little family.
My heart felt the weight of that first day. Had I done everything I wanted to do with him this summer? Had he had a carefree, happy childhood summer? Have I listened and paused enough to truly hear and enjoy time with him? Had I been too snippy when the baby needed something or my mind was distracted by other things on my plate? I hope not. I hope he felt the love, the stillness, the warmth, and the joy of summer.
Recently, I uploaded pictures of our August. Here's a smattering of the photos from our camera. I've struggled because the phone is much easier to use to capture our days. Our camera is too bulky. If you want to see what we've been up to daily, find us on Instagram at "riverandshore".
Ian's started using the potty, occasionally. Here was one of the first times that he took an interest to sit on it on his own. I put a stack of books next to him on the dresser and he read them one by one, before putting them in a pile on the floor. Owen and I decided to keep him company :)
And then it decided that Ian's toes were a more desirable spot! It hung out for quite a while. He'd flit away and then return and land on his toes again.
That was an especially eventful day because I believe Owen tried his first solid food, as well! He's now had carrots and avocado. Carrots seem to have been the more favorable food, but avocado is good, too.
While Christine was here, we asked her to take a few pictures for us. I love how these turned out :)
She probably took about twenty and this was the only one worth posting! Thank goodness for a patient photographer who just kept snapping photos. This is a new favorite. It's been a long while since we've gotten a good family photo.
I'm still in denial that summer is almost over, but I have grown to adore fall. I cannot wait for crisp days, warm sweaters, apple picking, pumpkins and hay rides, and the beautiful changing colors of the leaves. It's a gorgeous time to live where we live.
Oh, and those mosquitoes in our yard? Yea, I'm ready to bid goodbye. It's time for us to enjoy our yard again, free of those pesky bugs.