This post is part of my Summer’s End photo project. Summer is a special time in my family. It’s time for us to be together without nights of homework, gaps of separation for school and school-related activities. This year our summer is even more special because we have a new member of the family to participate in all the fun.
I’ve been heading out to the towering tomato plant my dad planted at the beginning of the summer with my son every day for two weeks now, waiting for my cherry tomatoes to ripen. I’m the only one in the family who eats them. Or I was, because our 10-month old daughter decided the other day she’d try them out while I was picking some to see if they would ripen off the vine as my parents had suggested.
They’re not quite ripe and not the grapes she thought they were, but she still seemed to like them.
From the moment she wakes up, 10-month old Gracie is looking to explore. Our mornings are a blur of movement for about three hours until she crashes hard for her morning nap.
She’s recently started walking so each morning is a new opportunity to see how far her feet will carry her.
Often this walking and exploring starts before I am even fully awake. Her latest delight is walking but also crawling up the stairs and then waiting for me to carry her back down so she can do it all over again.
She’s also exploring cupboards and drawers and anything else her little chubby hands can open and get into.
It was a week full of relaxed summer days. It was time to reflect on how quickly my children are growing and how delightful it is to watch them bloom into amazing personalities.
My oldest is bright and funny and crazy.
He has inherited our sense of humor, our sarcasm (which is not always good), and our passion for talking about the things he loves. For now he loves Legos and Minecraft and Doctor Who.
My daughter is ten months old. She is determined, joyful and as amazing as her older brother. On this day she was climbing a slide and not too interested in slowing down when mama said ‘no’.
Ocassionally we take a trip somewhere, but no matter where we are, Saturdays are reserved for family time.
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It’s spring and it has me thinking about new life, but especially the one we welcomed in the Fall.
She was the surprise that caught me off guard in blissful shock .
Tiny little Grace bouncing on the ultrasound. Feet and arms moving everywhere at nine weeks and she never stopped.
Nine months later she was in my arms and she wasn’t new, she was familiar, someone I’d known forever.
We looked at each other that day as if to say “oh hello. It’s you again.”
Like Jonathan, she and I were immediate best friends, immediately symbiotic and immediately in love, with her my baby and me her mama.
I’m excited to experience her life as intimately as I have my son’s, but this time I am blessed to watch their lives intertwine like two vines up a tree.