We are here, we are here! We have just been super busy. Much too busy to be blogging! Here's a rundown of what we have been up to:
Father's Day picnic, hike in the woods, and fishing trip. We surprised Shawn with a morning massage (not us doing the massage, but we sent him out of the house for one!) while we packed the car for our day trip. No one caught any fish, but we all had a grand time and enjoyed our beautiful day at one of the local state parks.
Simon's Baptism was another hot, gorgeous day. I love taking out the baptismal gown which both Shawn and his older brother wore over 30 years ago and dressing another one of our children in it. I don't know which was more precious - naked Simon being immersed into the Baptismal font at church and letting out indignant shrieks or Simon in white smelling sweetly of the Chrism oil at our post-Baptism barbecue.
Shawn and Jamie went on a father-son camping trip with friends. From fishing to exploring to building and launching rockets to smore making to horseshoe pitching, it sounded like they had a blast.
And, most recently, we returned from our annual trip to Storyland, a children's amusement park. Despite the 100-degree weather, we managed to stay reasonably cool and had a fun-filled two days. This year, Clare enjoyed more of the rides, but she did have a tough time with the intense heat. Lots of water, strawberry smoothies, breaks in the shade or mist tents, and a hand-held squirting water bottle-fan contraption helped to keep Clare (and the rest of us) going in the heat.
It's been a busy month, but as June is closing, we are looking forward to the rest of our summer!