I know that I missed documenting a million and one things that happened during the month of June, but here we go.
The kids and I discovered this lovely park not too far from our home. Not only is the playground a close second to an American Ninja Warrior course, but the field of wildflowers directly behind it is a photographer's dream at sunset!
Speaking of photography, I reached out to a local newborn photographer that I've been following on social media for awhile. We met up at a coffee shop and she answered my questions about the biz for over 2 hours! This is just a sample of her work. She's amazing and so, so kind. I hope that someday my work looks a lot like hers :)
I happened upon this guy through a blog I read and instantly felt drawn to his mission. I'm trying to be more aware of how I utilize my phone, especially when my kids are present. Am I ignoring them? Am I really doing something on my phone "real quick"? Just something to think about.
One evening Kylie and I went to a nearby park and did a little mini photo shoot. It was surprisingly difficult photographing my "tween" daughter. That age group tends to be pretty awkward so I was happy to discover lots of natural-looking photos.
We had 3 baby birds in one of our crabapple trees. I would check on them every day to see how they were growing and changing. So fun.
The whole crew made it to the pool one evening. I sure adore them.
We took the kids to Monsoon Madness at a local park one Saturday morning. It was suuuper hot and the lines were long, but the kids enjoyed going down these big water slides.
We've been trying to be more diligent about having family night once a week. The kids especially enjoyed a lesson on prayer where they had to "punch" different numbers on the clock and read a scenario about how prayer can be helpful. For instance, for 3:00 the scenario talked about riding home on the school bus in snowy weather, and how saying a prayer for safety could help.
Jackson had a blast riding this Lightning McQueen car that our neighbors let us borrow. If there is anything in life that makes us feel this happy, we should pursue it ASAP!
Kylie and I spent the better part of an evening visiting several home decor stores. At Home is definitely our fave!
It has been crazy hot and humid here, with a heat index over 100 degrees. We got creative on Wet Wednesday and put water balloons on the trampoline. The kids had a great time throwing them, squeezing them, smashing them, etc.
This dog.... We just don't know what to do with him sometimes. He had an ear infection for several weeks that wasn't going away so we took him to the vet. Over $200 later, he had clean ears and a direct order to go on a diet. Some days we wonder if we have the time, energy, and money to give him what he needs. Other times we feel like he's meant to be ours. We're seriously praying about what's best for him because re-homing a dog is a big, permanent deal.
Other happenings in June: weekly playgroups with friends, lots of pool visits, birthday parties, and a much needed massage for Josh :) He also started playing softball with a group from his office and they've won every game so far.