Joyful June

The summer has kept me so busy that I’ve gotten behind on my posts! It’s almost July and I haven’t even written June’s blog post for the love of Pete! Never fear; I shall now get you caught up on all our adventures.

The biggest news of June? David got the remote control car he’s been saving up for. He used his birthday money, Christmas money, and 6 months allowance to buy this monstrosity. He nearly drove us crazy waiting for it to get here. We told him when the expected arrival date was, and I’m not sure if that was a good or bad decision because every morning when he woke up he looked at the calendar and told me exactly how many days were left until it showed up the door. I heard about all the things he was going to do with his car when it arrived MULTIPLE times a day, and just when I was ready to ban all discussions regarding RC cars it showed up on our doorstep–a couple of days early! WHEW!

He and his dad took it for a test spin at the Crawford Sports Complex as soon as the battery was fully charged. We wanted to make sure there was plenty of space for him to learn to drive it. (It does 35 mph!) I assumed it’d take some time for him to learn how to control it, but it only took a few days before he got the hang of it and now he’s the Kyle Busch of RC car world. (KB is his favorite NASCAR driver).





In other big news, I’ve been dieting since January, and I’m halfway to my goal! I’ve lost 10 pounds. The picture on the left is me at Christmas, and the one on the right is me last month. I’m proud of myself because I honestly didn’t think I had the will power to stick to it, but with the help of some really supportive, motivational friends I’m getting the job done. Thanks, ladies!




Crochet update: I finally finished the blanket I’ve been working on since Christmas! It was my first attempt at blankets and granny squares. It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty proud of it. Now, if only Christmas would come around again so I can actually display/use it without feeling weird. Heh.



I’ve started another project, and hopefully it won’t take me so long to finish it. That prospect isn’t looking so good currently, though, because I’ve been so busy reading this summer that crochet has sort of been put on the back burner.


Stuart bought a new vacuum cleaner because the “maid” (I use that term very loosely since she was probably the worst cleaning lady in the history of cleaning ladies) broke ours. That normally wouldn’t be newsworthy information, but since David offered to vacuum for me I wanted to record it for posterity. I’ll want to use this photo in the future to either 1. bribe him in his teenage years, or 2. prove to his wife someday that I really DID try to teach him to help around the house.



We camped with Tony and Beverly at Trace State Park and had a wonderful time. The weather was absolutely amazing; it wasn’t ridiculously hot like it usually is this time of year, and we had a really great campsite. We’ve amassed a huge amount of camping gear, so we’re no longer roughing it. Stuart and GR call it #fancycamping.



We used the GIANT driveway at our site to draw our version of Chicago with sidewalk chalk. The two major landmarks in our city are the Willis Tower (Sears Tower for you old school folks) and Steven and Kim’s house. Chalkago came to life as we drove matchbox cars, construction vehicles, and emergency vehicles all over town.


Nighttime was especially fun at Trace. We put out all our festive solar lights, sat by the fire, made popcorn, played camping bingo, and explored the cosmos on our Night Sky app.


Stu put up the hammock he bought me for my birthday. I relaxed with Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol (which I HIGHLY recommend) and Stu’s champagne sangria. Dave occasionally lounged with me and took every opportunity I wasn’t in the hammock to swing by himself.




That Sunday was Father’s Day, and Dave and I made pancakes for everyone at breakfast. They came in a variety of shapes and sizes, including stars, trucks, houses, hearts, and tanks!



David wanted to do something special for Stuart, so we made “Dad!” pancakes.


He was so cute when he gave them to his dad. (Check out his adorable little nervous, curled toes.)



We also framed this picture of us so Stuart could put it on his desk at work.





While Stu and I packed up the camper, Tony took David for a ride in the origami canoe. No, I’m not kidding. It folds up into a square when you’re not using it. It’s pretty awesome.



Stuart went to Philly in June for a business meeting, so David and I were left to our own devices for a few days. I had porch drinks with Claire and updated the pictures around the house (which served as an awesome reminder of a wonderful life I’m living). Dave and I had some pool time, played a lot of UNO (he schools me regularly), and watched nearly every episode of Mysteries at the Museum.







Dave got to sleep in my room while Dad was away. I read him Bad Kitty Takes a Bath every night before bed. Just look at that cute kid all passed out. Does it get any more adorable than this? I think not.




And now, June’s adorable animal photos:

While Claire was in Disney World we took care of Dug and Nico. David’s favorite part of this job was playing with all Liam’s matchbox cars.




Squeaky gets cozy. Under a blanket. In June. In Mississippi. Even though she’s already covered in fur. I don’t know what she was thinking, but she was adorable anyway.





While Claire and I had our porch drinks, Big Kitty made a lengthy appearance and demanded all the attention. If you know Big Kitty at all, you know his disdain for the human race, so this event must be documented.



Squeaky protested the joining of granny squares, mainly because it didn’t involve her getting scratched behind the ears being otherwise spoiled rotten.



David saved a turtle from certain death at the hands of the Wood Street Racers by retrieving him from the middle of the road and putting him in our yard.



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