But I did take a week off for the holiday.
Anyway, I thought I'd share a little bit of what is going on around here.
My birthday at the end of June.
Since my birthday was on a weekday, Mike had to be out of town. But he did call me bright and early that morning to wish me happy birthday. I spent the rest of the day doing fun things I love. Went out to breakfast with the kids, got a pedicure, went to the library and did a little clothes shopping. A few friends came over that night and brought wine and we had pizza and cupcakes to celebrate.
We didn't do a whole lot for Fourth of July this year. We were lucky to have Mike home a few extra days, but really we kept things kind of quiet. An afternoon at the pool, dinner and a movie out as a family another night, and seeing a few fireworks was enough over the holiday weekend was enough.
The movie we saw...
I was also happy to have my brother and his wife in town for the holiday. We were able to see them for dinner the night we went out to the movie, on the fourth of July at my parents house and for brunch the next day. Ok maybe we did a little more than I realized last weekend! lol
On the left there, is a little Miami album Erin is creating on her own. I think it's going to be really cute. And I love being able to spend some time working together side by side on projects.
Iowa again to be with Mike. He had to work another weekend, and there is no way we were going to go almost two weeks without seeing him.
Evan has found a spot where he loves to fish, and it's a pretty popular spot. He was able to fish several times while we were up there.
We also went to the local water park one day and for the price it was pretty reasonable. It was $6 a person to get in but really only had a wave pool, three slides and a kiddie pool with a playground. I don't know about the kids, but I had fun!
And one day Erin and I went to lunch just the two of us. Evan was too tired from fishing all morning, and Mike was at work. Despite Mike having to work during the day, the good thing about going there is at least getting to spend time with him at night. Something we wouldn't be doing if we had just stayed home. And we had dinners with him, went out to get ice cream and even headed down to fish some more on the last night.
Podcasts! Like a lot. I think my whole ride to and from Iowa I spent listening to different podcasts. Here are some of my favorites...
Lots of good health tips and advice. Really educational when it comes to learning about how things affect your body.
A fun scrapbook podcast
Another scrapbook podcast, but this one is about pocket pages scrapbooking
It's a horror podcast, so not for the faint of heart and has some bad language at times. But nice and scary if you are in the mood
It's a public radio show and has had some really interesting topics and stories that draw me in.
An absolute favorite! It's not all just about being happy. Lots of good try this at home hacks and ways to simplify life as well.
I'm going to be honest. I'm not enjoying the second season as much as the first. And it can get a little gruesome at times. So I don't recommend this one if you are not a fan of horror. I'm not really a fan of the gore side at all, but I kind of got hooked on the story and seeing where it went the first season. I guess we will see if I stick with it.
I also have Welcome to Night Vale, Live Inspired, Alice Isn't Dead, Freakonomics Radio, Happier in Hollywood and Elise Gets Crafty in my podcast List. I just added the Feel Good Effect Podcast but haven't had a chance to listen yet.
And to wind down what has become a very long post:
We love summer here! Personally, I love being a mostly stay at home mom because it is just what works best for our family. But what I love most in the summer is how there is no school, longer daylight, sleeping in if we want, no rushing around most days, hanging out at the pool, and spending time with friends we don't see as much during the school year. Yes, there is some summer homework, but not a lot. And we do try to exercise in some way every day, whether it's walks, swimming, bike rides or yoga.
But I love the less stressful vibe of summer and being able to enjoy this time with my kids. Well, most days. When they are not fighting. lol
And I especially love the flexibility of being able to pick up and go on little trips if we want.
Summer is my favorite season for all those reasons I listed above and more.
Do you have any fun activities you love to do in the summer?