we took a long weekend at the shore and went on a little sunset boat ride.
a white dog with black spots like this fellow.
we are smitten.
he’s a coton de tulear.
and a lovebug.
he’s a 4 month old pup and a perfect mix of playful, friendly and mellow.
the girls have been begging us for a year now for a dog.
i always just said no with excuses like our house is too small. norah and i have allergies. too much time. too much money.
but luckily their persistence got me thinking more about it and we started to do some research on breeds and what kind of pup might fit well with our family.
well we found him and i can’t even believe just how perfect he fits in.
it’s like he has always been here.
on a very humid and sticky saturday last weekend we loaded in to the car all hot and bothered and headed out to a pond party.
it was a gorgeous spot in delaware on the property of a friend’s grandparents home.
the cement bottom pond was clear and refreshing and the rope swing was incredible.
everyone brought along a picnic and we ended the evening with fireworks and sky lanterns.
we walked back to our car with flashlights to the song of frogs and cicadas.
we drove home with the windows all the way down, our bodies cooled down to the core.
it was the perfect summer evening.
we are all packed up and ready to go.
my mom is up at the lake already and says it is in the 70s.
i’ve got socks and a sweater packed for cool nights by the fire.
lots of tomatoes for blts.
our favorite card games including milles bornes.
a knitting project.
a new book from the library.
cast iron skillets for dutch babies and bacon.
and a guitar, a uke and this book for lots of sing alongs.
i think this year i will post a few photos each day of our trip.
have a great week.
the heatwave struck a few days ago and we are retreating to the beach tonight.
we may be able to cross off a few things on the summer manifesto like ride a roller coaster, bike on the boardwalk, swim in the ocean and maybe even crabbing.
the sprinkler is on giving the garden one last drink before i go.
limes and tanqueray, and some farm veggies are packed up along with suits, sandals, sunscreen, a few games and a kite.
i think i’m ready.
our 5th year going to assateague island.
this year there were 70 of us.
we took over an entire campsite loop.
it was windy and cold but that did not stop little people and big people from going in the water. (i was NOT one of them)
there was much laughter.
the one thing i always look forward to is laughing with my friends.
yesterday as i was trying to figure out dinner norah asked to go on a picnic.
i thought it was a great idea.
we made some iced mint tea and packed a loaf of bread, some humus and a few clementines.
we headed to the park to find the skunk cabbages peeking up as well as lots of buttercups.
there was just enough light to head home.
when we got home norah made us each a milkshake.
then into the tub, some books and then off to bed.
i love tuesday nights with norah.
back in the fall when we first created hannah’s schedule of ballet, choir, archery and sewing class i thought that all of the driving back and forth and waiting would soon become mundane and frankly get old for me.
but this week i realized how wonderful it has proved to be for us all.
it has been fun exploring new towns.
we have found many new markets, libraries, cafes and thrift stores.
on the days we drive into the city we have enjoyed the time for listening to new music and books on tape. we are listening to this one right now.
i enjoy my norah time while we wait reading, drawing, playing a card game or two.
and when norah decides to hang back with a friend or papa, i catch up on knitting, making meal plans for the week while perusing new cookbooks or just simply closing my eyes for a rest while i listen and hum along to the songs that i now know by heart.
and above all i love how much hannah has grown to love each and every one of her new endeavors.
i asked her this week which one she liked best and she responded “i love them all the same”.
i couldn’t agree more.