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July! Where have you gone? I almost feel like I blinked and missed you.
I suspect this will be a short post. I can only wax lyrical about going to the beach so much, and to be honest we’ve had a fairly chilled pool/beach/camp month. Just as summer vacation should be!
With the 4th of July falling mid-week we had a slightly odd start to the month, with a random family day on the Wednesday! We managed our first visit to the beach of the summer though which put us all in a good mood. The kids love it there as much as I do, and it’s definitely a favorite summer activity.
Our major event of the week was my eldest having four teeth extracted under anesthetic. Longest hour and a half of my life! He arrived home rather dopey (and slightly hilarious) but recovered very quickly all things considered.
In other news, we bought a large paddling pool, much to my daughters delight. It proved difficult to get her out of it!
This week started with a brilliant afternoon at a micro-car show at the Larz Anderson museum in Boston. Such fun! So many cool cars and we all got a turn being driven around in a few of them! Not all the cars were quite ‘micro’, but they were certainly mini and a lot of fun to ride in. The kids had a great time, as did the adults!
We made it to the beach twice, alongside play dates, (more) orthodontist appointments and a 5k race…
The beach days were the best though! It’s amazing what a positive effect being by the sea has on all of us. Much less bickering and more team work for the kids, and I am definitely calmer. In fact, we all are.
This was a rather odd week for me. All three kids were in camp; my eldest left for two weeks at sleep-away camp and the younger two were in a Lego camp 9.00-3.00… Despite great plans of lots of me-time and treats, I mainly spent the week catching up on laundry, shopping and errands!
I did however make it to the beach on my own on the Thursday morning. This had been my biggest wish for the week, and I made it! It was blissful. I drank tea watching the waves, I read a book and completely relaxed. A wonderful, soul-reviving, couple of hours.
The kids roamed the campsite in a pack, having the best time. The adults chatted and laughed and listened to an amazing 80’s playlist. We headed to Newport in Rhode Island on the Saturday and did part of the cliff walk, enjoying the views out to sea and inland to the famous mansions.
A great weekend. Just a shame about the tornado warnings!
The weather continued to be rather mixed, with a lot of rain and thunderstorms. So, we had a mixed week. Went to the cinema and managed one afternoon at the pool. But, other than that, it was fairly quiet. Caught up on a lot of ‘house’ stuff though, so that was a bit of a bonus.
Oh, and we were at the orthodontist, again. With both boys getting braces, it’s turning into the summer of the orthodontist.
Thursday evening was spent saying farewell to two of the expat couples who arrived in the US around the same time as us. We spent a lovely evening looking back and forward, and although it’s sad to see them go, such is the expat life, and I’m excited for them on their next adventures.
I made a cake, as I tend to do, which despite being rather hastily put together did the job.
It was brilliant, they put on a very abridged version of The Princess Bride and it was so well done. Hilarious. My son played Vizzini, and had a lot of fun with it. Such a great part, and he did a fantastic job.
Our new family catch phrase is ‘inconceivable’!
Once we had our boy back on Saturday we played some mini-golf and chilled out at the hotel pool. We then headed to the Ecotarium, a fantastic hands-on science museum, on Sunday before making our way home. It was nice to be a five again.
My favorite photo of the weekend though has to be this one. Makes me smile every time I look at it.
Hope you’ve all had a wonderful month! Head over to my Instagram feed to see the rest of the snapshots I’ve taken this month.
I began writing ‘Snapshots’ posts last summer, when my days were too busy having fun with my kids to spend time writing about the fun we were having. They are a way for me to record the moments, but not feel obliged to write War and Peace. Simply capture the days as they happen. No SEO, no pinnable images, no stress. So, I’m going to continue to write them, and keep those moments from running away.