For our 4th of July, we spent the weekend with some of our oldest friends. We've known the Blodgetts for 14 years. We had an awesome weekend filled with treats, swimming, playtime, movies, late nights and babies. I came home feeling really grateful for long standing relationships and looking forward to more fun memories! The kids all got along so well and they played so hard!

Maeve has an ear infection this week. So sad. But also, this down week has been really nice.

  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
  • The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
  • Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
  • Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward *
  • Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou *
  • Mating in Captivity by Esther Parel
  • Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro *
  • The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
  • His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Media *
  • A Burning by Megha Majumdar *
  • Daughter of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune *
  • Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See *
  • Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu *
  • Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo *
  • Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker *
  • Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
  • Deacon King Kong by James McBride
  • The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

I'm happy with the number of books I was able to read in the first half of 2021! Some of the books I listened to on audio. My most recommended are marked with an asterisk.

My little man is 4 months old! Oh Ira, I love him so much. What I hear people around me say the most about Ira is that he's a smiley baby. It's true! He is really quick to smile and his grin is so big and wonderful. Ira has big, round blue eyes which are also a show stopper. Ira sleeps through the night (what a blessing!) and he's a good little napper. Ira can roll onto his tummy from his back and vice versa. I love watching him do this because back to tummy is slow and intentional and often he grunts and groans in the process. He looks like he's working so hard! Ira has recently discovered his lips and his tongue. He likes to suck in his lips and kind of gnaw on them and he's beginning to try out blowing raspberries with his tongue. He's a chatty little fellow. So far, Ira is a bit of a shorty and no heavy weight but his growth is good! The other day at the grocery store, I saw a mom and towering teenage son. At the time I wondered if that would be me and Ira in 15-16 years, but who knows! The idea of having man children feels very foreign still. For now, Ira is a darling baby and I like watching his little personality emerge. I love him so much!

Stripey blue and hanging out on the porch. The two browned eyed children.

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