I don’t know about you, but the month of June flew by for me. I missed sharing with you here on my blog, but life happens. It’s certainly nice to come back to my little corner of the world wide web though. Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to…please pardon the long post.
It seems we’ve been up to a lot while other days we’re able to laze about and do a whole lot of nothing. It’s been a good mix. Munchie finished preschool and will be heading off to pre-k in the fall. That doesn’t come without some emotions. Wimpy mama over here. I’ll distract my overactive tear ducts with a picture of some beautiful peonies Trader Joe’s carried for only 1 day. 1 day! What a tease. I grabbed a bunch for my peony-loving mom-in-law and myself.
Speaking of my mom-in-law, we celebrated her retirement from teaching (hurrah!) a couple of weeks ago. We had a backyard celebration with lots of garden fresh flowers, friends & family, and a yummy street taco bar catered by a taqueria. I filled the dessert table and printed off the little chalkboard sign below for table décor. Isn’t it cute?
Now both of my in-laws are retired and are jet-setting to Europe (England, France, Ireland) this summer just as retirees should. I’m very happy for them and a wee bit jealous. I have really fond memories of our trip to Europe a couple of years ago. One day I’ll share a few pictures from that trip when Munchie was merely a 1-year old and I developed an ugly and embarrassing case of heat rash in Russia during a performance of Swan Lake–no one returned to our aisle after intermission. I suspect it had to do with me scratching madly at myself nonstop. Good times.
In between play dates, swimming, walks, and crafting (I’ve been crafting!) we took a road trip to visit my family. My mom and dad have such a gorgeous yard. That’s a picture of one of my mom’s baby eggplants. I brought some back with me and have cooked them up just the way she always has for me. I love the story of how she craved eggplant cooked the same way when she was pregnant with me. Coincidentally, when I was pregnant with Munchie I craved the exact same recipe. It comforts me when I’m able to make recipes that connect me to home. Makes my little homesick being feel a tad bit better.
My parents have little spots throughout their large backyard for relaxing. If it hadn’t been 110°, I might’ve planted myself on this bench with a book for a bit. Not happening.
Back at home, Munchie and I have had a few impromptu tea parties. Even her “friends” have tea. She doesn’t want to leave anyone out.
And, as I mentioned, there has been much lazing about as demonstrated by Duke. We call this his Malaise Way. His “stop looking at me, what, you’ve never seen a person REST before?” look. One day he’ll find out he’s a dog and that the dog bed on the floor is for HIM and who knows what he’ll do then. I imagine there’ll be tears and some huffing.
Aside from organizing & continually purging items we no longer need (I’m addicted to purging!), I’ve enjoyed reading late into the night, many cups of tea, spending time with dear friends, having cozy date nights at home with my easy-going husband (usually including a good show or movie and ice cream), driving Munchie to and from activities like summer camp and swim lessons, and pretty, but practical gifts like the ones pictured above. My husband’s grandmother gave me two sets of china recently and I’m just in love with them. One set is from England and the other from Japan. In this home, china IS practical. I’m all for using and enjoying pretty things instead of relegating them to dust catchers.
Here’s a stack of the second set she gave me. They’re all sitting out on my counters because I want to keep looking at them and can’t bear to shove them away in a cupboard. So out they’ll sit until I come up with a better way to display them. A little hutch purchase is likely in my near future.
I’m the lucky recipient of many, many flower bouquets each summer, courtesy of my father-in-law. Among others, he grows a gazillion varieties of dahlias. I love the pastel ones best–look at that speckled one. So pretty. I have bouquets in every room downstairs, but I think I’ll start bringing them into the bedrooms. A nice sight first thing in the morning.
Each morning Munchie flips this little calendar to a new day. I couldn’t believe it when it said “July 1″ yesterday. Can you?
Every holiday involves Munchie decorating our kitchen door with window stickers or jellies. Yesterday she decorated for one of her favorite holidays. A little patriotism from a 4-year old. And with that, I wish you all a relaxing and laughter-filled summer. Hope you’re able to put your feet up a bit and reenergize. I’ll be back soon with a few recipes and hope you’ll stop by again soon. ♥