I cannot believe how quickly the summer months are flying by, here we are at the end of June already. Where did the month go? I suppose things have just been too busy and fun to notice so many days had passed.
We have been spending a lot of time outdoors, mostly the mornings and evenings when the heat is bearable for my poor pregnant self. Our stumbling upon a used wooden play set for an affordable price has been a life saver for me because there are no parks within walking distance of our house and loading a car seat hating 2-year-old into the car for a trip to the park (which probably has a water feature turned on) is less than fun for me at this point.
We have also been to the library a lot these last few weeks and weekends. Our local branches are doing a summer reading program for multiple age groups, including birth to school age! Once Imogen completes 15 tasks (mostly related to reading, learning activities, or playing with us!) we get 2 free passes to the zoo for her and a free board book. Pretty neat. There are also a variety of activities put on by each branch, our favorite so far is the art cart on Saturday mornings.
While we have always tried to read to her on a daily basis it has only been this summer that she has really begun to show an interest in listening. It melts my heart when she brings me books to ‘pease bok’ (please book), even if we do have to read it 5 times in a row. And it is always adorable to hear her repeating word and phrases after us when we read to her. And I may or may not read her sentences word-by-word out of Game of Thrones just to hear her repeat them. All in all it is a lot of fun (as an avid reader myself) to see her eyes light up over certain books and get excited about reading about certain topics.
We have been taking a LOT of walks. My goal for June was to get 50 miles in and I surpassed that a few days ago. I am not sure why I had so much trouble hitting 60 in May, 60 is DEFINITELY something I will be shooting for in July.
I cannot believe (or stop counting down the days until) we leave for our Colorado vacation on the 4th. I cannot deny that I am just a bit worried about how well I will handle hiking the trails at 7 months pregnant! But more excited than anything. The husband and I have not been on a longer vacation since our cruise several years ago before Imogen was known about! We have had a few get away days here and there with family and friends, like trips to the zoo or down to Tennessee, but there is just something about getting away for at least a week that makes you feel much more refreshed when you get home.
I have a good number of things to get completed on my to-do list before vacation time rolls around, like clean the house up and put away our towers of clean laundry so I can pack successfully. And it looks like we are set up for several days of rain so hopefully I make it through the weekend with my sanity in tact. :)