These are a whole pile of random photos from the last month or so that I can't bear to delete but don't really have a blog post for.
Summer is for:
1) Elizabeth and Matthew "hamming" it up at the farm
2) Gymnastics on the rainbow rug
3) Playing with friends
4) Biking - check out Maria just before they moved and just after she had re-conquered learning how to ride a two-wheeler.
5) Matthew's first selfie (I think)
6) Monkey bars! If I haven't mentioned the whole monkey bar thing - I'm definitely leaving out a HUGE part of life these days... Elizabeth is absolutely OBSESSED. She rates parks by whether they have a playstructure with adequate monkey bars and she's quite frighteningly good at them. Of course Matthew wants to do them too...
7) Playing with our food
9) Cuddling with babies
10) Having fun!
Matthew is enjoying having Elizabeth mostly around for the summer and was not impressed when Elizabeth disappeared to camp this week without him! As a consolation, I told him we could do "toddler camp". Elizabeth was quite unhappy to hear he went to parks and museums without her, but we needed some activity to keep him from literally climbing the walls without his "Dee-Dee". Not to mention that it's quite difficult to return client calls with him in the house as we are still working on the concept of quiet when Mom or Dad are on the phone!
Our church celebrated Christmas in July today - the kids were thrilled that they even went to the trouble of putting up a Christmas tree and decorations. Then they got to eat all kinds of goodies while the adults learned more about our Christmas dinner outreach program and sang Christmas carols. It was a lot of fun, even if the end result was that the kids had cookies for lunch!
After church we went to the Agriculture museum for the Ice Cream festival. The kids blew bubbles and bounced in a farm-themed bouncy castle. I think this was Matthew's first time in a bouncy castle with kids other than his sister. We watched a cream separating demo (Elizabeth: "Can we try that with Mommy milk?" Mom: "No." Matthew: "Whyyyyyy???") and the kids were given ice cream shaped bubbles. I think there might have been real ice cream somewhere but we didn't find it. We could hear thunder and it looked like a rain storm was coming, plus I didn't want to have Amelia out in the sun any longer so we decided to go play in the sprinkler and eat ice cream at home.