School is out and summer is finally here! Henry has been finished with first grade for about a month now. The end of the school year seemed especially final and bittersweet this year because we arrived there knowing that this fall we'll be doing school at home. Mrs. Martin set the teacher bar ridiculously high this year so I really feel the pressure to engage and push Henry like she did! Henry also finished up a fantastic baseball season. Watching his team play this year was so dramatically different than last year. Henry slowly but surely transformed into a great and consistent hitter and I bet could have outrun any player around the bases. He is so fast! All of the boys have learned so much and the last couple of games literally had all the parents on the edges of our seats!
With school and baseball done for a few months, it only took about five minutes for all of us to switch over to summertime mode. We've replaced school, homework and baseball practice with hours of zoo trips, swimming, gardening, and anything else outside. Mr. Zuill got us a membership to the zoo this year and it quickly became a favorite for Charlie. Each time we've taken her there's been one activity that was a clear winner that day. The first trip she was all about the 'ingos (flamingos) but the very next trip the carousel stole her heart. And as true love often goes, it's devastating when you're separated.
The beginning of my summer got off to a bit of a sketchy start one Friday night early in May. As it turns out, I significantly overestimated my rollerblading abilities and proved as much on my driveway. Yikes. A trip into the office the next morning led to a wrist X-ray which then led to me being the proud owner of an arm splint big enough to hit a home run with. Luckily it was a pretty minor fracture and I got off with a mere two weeks in a cast! I'm currently trying to work up the courage to get back on the skates but so far, no dice.
I got one other thing in May in addition to an arm cast. But it was green instead of purple and was a whole whole lot more fun.
If you ask me, however, one of the most fun things that has happened this year was the addition of some new friends to our property. Charlie was happy to supervise the preparation of their new home.
We've had our bees for a little over 4 weeks now and, I think, so far so good. Putting 10,000 bees into the hive was one of the most daunting things ever (not to mention that I was dumb enough to do it without a full suit!) but how cool! The bees are fascinating to watch and I catch myself going out there in the evening while Will is putting Charlie to bed. I love watching them flying around clumsily and wearing their little pollen pants. We borrowed Jack's bee suit for Henry to try out and I was so impressed with him at the hive. He was right in there with me and we spotted the queen for the first time and also saw a baby bee emerging from its cell! So amazing!
At the end of last month we took a little road trip with Gaga and Pappy to Chattanooga! We had planned a two day trip and boy was Henry Zuill so excited at the prospect of an indoor hotel pool. Unfortunately it rained the whole first day we were there (luckily inside at the Aquarium) and with 100% chance of rain the next day we decided to forego the trip to Rock City (boo) and do it another day. Even though the weather made us cut the trip a little short, I think we all had a great day at the aquarium. Charlie was fascinated with all the animals and is always up for a day with her Gaga & Pappy (who she called "Wayyyman!" alllll day long).
However, as we are all aware, "Wayman" isn't the only man in Charlie's life. She's insistent to get her time in with "Hudsy" too. She claims he's her best friend but you'd never believe if it you could hear the way she bosses him around.
We've really fit a lot of fun into the last few weeks. Busy but wonderful days. One thing we made sure to do was spend time with our Gobble/Gilliam/Zuill group. The Gobbles hit the road about 10 days ago for "The Great Gobble Getaway" so any time we got a chance to visit with them before they left, we did it!! Isabell just got her learner's permit so on the last day (for a while) that we hung out all the moms piled into the new Mini, gave Isabell the keys, and off we went! What a fun memory with some of my favorite ladies on earth. And oh my word, the hugging and crying that went on before we left! They will be back in April and thankfully social media is such a great tool for staying connected- but that's still a long time to not see these faces in person! We are so excited to watch their adventures!
So that's summer so far! Lots of sunshine, and lately, lots of donuts.