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Hi reader! Thanks for being here. I wanted to share with you what’s been going on in our life for the last couple of months. Summer is my favorite season and we have had a busy one. We’ve had lots of visits from our family and the summer isn’t over yet. It started with a visit from Cody’s parents. They traveled from Spokane, Washington to spend a long weekend with us and we had lots of fun cooking and hiking. Also, Cody’s dad helped out on our basement project. We are working on making our walk-out basement fun and functional for our family. Cody will move his office down there and we are planning for a playroom/art studio/media space. Cody has been working so hard and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
Next up was a visit from my mom and my niece and nephew, Jackson (11) and Sadie (6). They have a ton of energy and we had a blast. We went to a museum, had movie nights, played laser tag and explored Baltimore and Frederick. We’re all excited for them to have a new little cousin to play with one day
Fourth of July week, my mom came back to Maryland so her and I could drive down to Myrtle Beach, SC for a week. Beach vacations were a staple of my childhood and I was very excited about this mother/daughter road trip. My mom and I share a lot and the beach is our favorite place to be. We spent the week relaxing in the sand, reading, and eating out. We watched a fireworks display on the Fourth (we love fireworks!), and rode the SkyWheel on the boardwalk. I really loved watching the kids that were playing on the beach and I would smile thinking about the future memories we would be making.
Our next visitor was my 16 year old godchild, Olivia. She’s going to be a senior in high school this fall, and I was so happy to be able to spend time with her before the school year starts. We had so many fun adventures together. We went to art installations, watched lots of comedies, played many games of Settlers of Catan, and even visited Edgar Allan Poe’s house in Baltimore. One of my favorite things that we did was a 1.8 mile hike to a beach called Calvert Cliffs. There are 10 million year old fossils on the beach and we had a great time taking pictures and finding treasures in the sand.
As the summer winds down and stores put up their “Back to School” displays, I think about how quickly time seems to be passing. This “waiting” period that we’re in makes me very aware of the seasons and I feel nostalgic for the past and hopeful for the future. Reader, I hope this finds you well and that you also have hope for the future. Thanks for reading:)