Tuesday, September 2, 2014

State of Our House Address: August in review

Summer has been so busy this year, and I'm almost shocked it's almost over! It has really went by quickly, but to be honest, I'm so looking forward to fall.

We finished blueberry picking in early August, as the berries here were not great for picking after early August. That was kind of disappointing, but that's okay. We managed to put away quite a few bags of blueberries in the freezer, though I suspect they will be long gone before fall is over. Bug has taken quite a liking to them.

Jason and I went on our first solo date since Bug was born in August. We hope to make date nights a monthly occurrence, and I can happily say our first one was a success. We went to dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. We had not been there since Bug was born. After dinner, we went out to a new ice cream place. We were only gone for a few hours, but it was so nice, even though we missed our Bug.

It had been a long time since I had my hair cut, so I finally made an appointment to get several inches cut off. My hair is much easier and quicker to manage now.

Jason's aunt from California came to Michigan to visit, so we spent an afternoon at Nana and Grandpa Bob's house with his family. It was great fun, and Bug loved walking around Nana's big garden and chasing the "dinosuars" (aka chickens).

Bug turned 17 months old in August and is doing a great job of running around, helping with chores, telling "stories," eating and sleeping. She also has made progress on potty training and has gone without a diaper with no accidents. I'm very excited for all the progress she's made. We incorporated chores into her daily routine at about 14 months old. Bug definitely let us know she was ready at that time, and she has become a great helper around the house.

We enrolled Bug in our church's VBS. We had low expectations going in as to how much she would get out of it and be able to participate. She loved the opening and closing sessions, and for the middle part, she played in the nursery or just walked around and was crazy. It was a great time, and we will make this a yearly event.

As August drew to a close, we realized how much we had not been home at all this summer. Our goal for September is to spend only one weekend day out of the house (excluding church). We all do much better emotionally and physically when we are only gone one day instead of both. Here's to fall and cooler, lazier days!

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