Tuesday, May 25, 2010

....summer is here......

......maybe it's because today has been our hottest day of the year or that tomorrow is going to top 90 degrees, but it is really starting to feel like summer......

......and for some reason, I am full of abundant excitement for heat, sand, sunblock, stylish sun hats and ice cream......maybe it's because the winter was so brutal or maybe it's because my girls are a year older, which opens up the possibility to do many more adventures......

....I do know for certain that much of the excitement has to do with the fact that Stefan's test will be behind us.....11 days......and we can have some foursome family ventures.....whatever the driver for my overwhelming zeal, this summer can not get here fast enough.....I am ready to jump in with both feet.....and so are my girls.....




......we got started this week.......bare feet, sand, shovels, dirty hands, & sidewalk chalk.....

.....and lots of beaming smiles.....


......even at 2 years old, Elsie stops for a minute to take it all in......I love that about her.....


.....and summer isn't complete unless it's spent with friends, family and neighbors......


.....speaking of friends, Sara and I have a list going of all the places we want to take the kids this summer.....I love lists.....always have.....it's a way to feel accomplished, productive, goal oriented......I thrived on lists during my career; taking pride in scratching off each action item....I admit there were times I would accomplish something, notice it wasn't on my list, only to write my completed challenge down so I could immediately scratch it off.....exhilarating....

....since some of that Type A behavior flows into being a Momma, I make lists for each season.....experiences I want to have, places to visit, styles to try.....and since summer is here, it's time for our family summer list......

  • Horse drawn carriage ride in Central Park  
  • Experience Fleet Week- take pictures with the sailors
  • Eat lots of peaches and apricots
  • Go to a concert with my college girls and our hubbies
  • Play in the rain
  • Spend a weekend at the beach with Stefan and our girls
  • Watch a sunset in Florida
  • Make mojitos from scratch
  • Go strawberry picking in Long Island
  • Row boats in Central Park
  • Wear my hair in braids
  • Play on the slip n slide at Amy's house  
  • Kiss Stefan on top of the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Eat lobster for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Key West
  • Go wine tasting
  • Wear a splash of baby blue eyeshadow
.....Callie has recently begun to mimic Elsie's every move....she is picking up some great habits.....like constantly wanting to brush her teeth.......I walked in on this right before lunch today.....


........of course she wants to stand on top of the toilet like her sister, but we also had to upgrade her toothbrush.....


......that makes her happy.....clean teeth and all.....

......Happy Summer.....

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