Monday, May 19, 2008

Summer's here!

It's been 3 years since I've been able to truly enjoy a summer.  It was the summer before Katrina that was my last good summer.  My apartment complex had a pool.  I was in it almost everyday.  I met people by the pool.  I cooked out with friends...and by myself.  It didn't matter.  I love summer and everything about it.  That was the summer of 2005.

The summer of 2006, we lived in Joplin, MO.  We didn't have a pool.  We did cook out (mostly with Cliff).  That's the summer we found out Bella was on her way.  Immediately we started planning a way to get OUT of Joplin, MO.  So, although it wasn't a bad summer, it wasn't what I'd grown to love, oh, so much.

The summer of 2007, Bella was 3-6 months old.  3-6 month olds are somewhat time consuming.  I'm bad at transitions (and 3-6 months is still part of the transition from not-a-mom to look-at-me-I'm-a-mom).  It took me until Bella's first birthday to feel like myself again.

And here we are beginning the summer of 2008.  It's hot.  It's sunny.  We have a pool at the complex AND we live 2 miles from my in-laws who also have a pool (and awesome barbeque and outdoor dining set...yay).  Today was the first day of summer activity (swimming, grilling, eating outside, naked baby running around in the grass, etc.).  I loved it.  I hope this summer is FULL of all those things!  And maybe the beach.  :o)


Jamie Stavenger said...

Holy hair, bella!!!

Heather said...

someday, i plan to make it to california to meet your daughter and husband. and also maybe hang out with you again. :)

Lela said...

I would love for you to come out here! That would be good times. :o)