I really enjoyed writing the “Weekly Miscellany” posts. Blogging is the easiest way for me to record our memories at this point, and it makes it easy for those who want to keep updated with what’s going on in our lives! But it actually took a good bit of effort to produce it once a week, and once I missed a week, it was hard to get back on the horse. When I get a spare moment to blog, I’d like to write about more than just our family as well, and weekly updates take a good chunk of that time.
So instead I will be writing a “miscellany” post at the end (or beginning, ahem) of each month to recap our happenings, overload you with iphone pictures, and blabber about what Jude’s been doing lately. I may even round up what’s been going on around the blog (it’s obviously been very quiet the last couple months) and a few links to read. I don’t have much prepared this month, though, as it only dawned on me the last couple days that I could do a monthly feature and keep the updates hopefully regular.
Derek had to work the holiday, so our plans weren’t big this year. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law to`ok Jude and I out thrift shopping and then we went over to their house to grill dinner. Derek joined us in the evening, and we just hung out and chatted and played games. Sadly, we didn’t even see any fireworks this year, so Jude has yet to have that traditional American experience.
Lots of Family Get-togethers!
This has been the month of seeing family!
Derek’s extended family on his paternal grandmother’s side is very close and meets in July for the annual Brady Reunion. This year was the 35th (I think?) reunion! Everyone drives from all over the country to take over a hotel in a central location for a few days. We ate lots of puppy chow, went mini-golfing, had a junk auction with fake money, and honored our heritage (this year’s theme). It’s such a privilege to be part of such a great, loving, massive, loud, fun, godly family.
My mom’s parents (we call them Pake and Beppe) and siblings and their families all drove to meet at a park one Saturday. We had a picnic and just caught up–it had been two years since I’d seen some of them! Jude met aunts and uncles and cousins for the first time.
The week afterwards, my Pake and Beppe came into town to visit. At first, we had some terrible storms Sunday night that took out my parent’s power, so everyone came over to our apartment last minute and had dinner together. Later, it came back on and we went and visited my parent’s home for a meal of chicken satay, peanut sauce and fries. The flavors of this meal are from my mom’s childhood growing up as a missionary kid on Bonaire, a Dutch Caribbean island.
Jude at 17 months
Jude has fast leaving babyhood behind for being a toddler. He’s running full speed everywhere, and chattering up a storm. I don’t understand much he says, yet, but he sure has lots to say! A few decipherable words are “mama, doggie, thank you, hi, bye, no, night-night.” He’s shown a lot more interested in books and likes to be read to or flip through them on his own.
He’s super friendly to anyone, so this introverted mama has had many conversations with random strangers after Jude waves at them and says hello. We were at the farmers market last weekend and he was twisting around in his stroller to wave at people and launch into a string of jibberish. Before I could stop him, he even reached over to pat a lady on the behind who was waiting in line ahead of us to ask a few very intense sounding questions. He also waves goodbye for everything, even when I go in the bathroom and shut the door.
He’s also become really interested in guns. His uncles and cousins have let him play with their nerf guns and he loves it. We don’t have any toy guns at home for him to play with, but he is learning to be resourceful! He picked out a tiger-shaped puzzle piece to use as a gun, and also a letter “F” fridge magnet and will run around the house yelling, “Ba, Ba!” (bang, bang)
Jude also jumps at any chance to be outside. His favorite thing to do is go on walks, which we’ve been trying to do every day. Last week he brought me my shoes and went and sat in the stroller to say, “Okay, enough waiting, mom, it’s time to go on a stroller ride!”
Summer is half over, and it feels like I’m just starting to enjoy it! We’ve been trying to visit the park, go on walks, frequent the Farmer’s Market across the street, eat fresh produce, and have the windows open whenever possible. I’m determined to soak up every bit of sunshine left and am in no hurry for colder weather.
On the Blog
The only post from July was Ten on Ten, a monthly photography challenge.
A Few Links
A beautiful desktop calendar for August
I’ve been enjoying reading through some of the archives of this common-sense, wisdom from experience blog on the ins and outs of homemaking. It is like sitting down with an older woman for a chat on so many practical and helpful ideas on how to run a home efficiently. Check out the category The Reasonably Clean House.
Jim Weiss from Greathall Productions has lots of free audio to listen to on Spotify!
That’s all I have time for today—since we are having dinner guests tonight I think a shower and vacuuming the crushed cheerios off the couch are in order.
Linking up at Joydare Capture Your Journey