This guy. Mostly all smiles and looking like a long and leaner.
Sunset on the job. Not a bad thing to look up and notice.
In a little girl's life, new hairstyles are a milestone. Especially when they are pigtails!
This is not a hairstyle milestone. In fact, she looks like a completely different kid when she's got the scraggly bangs-in-the-face look.
Edwin and I en route to Little Rock, once more. Blue skies over Chicago this afternoon.
It couldn't have been a more beautiful setting to celebrate a more beautiful person. My middle school (and still today) best friend's mom passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. She was more than just my friend's mom. She was my friend, too. We travelled together, laughed together, and did many other things that would be embarrassing/incriminating to mention. All of it will make me smile forever.
Somewhere between Little Rock and Charlotte we saw the sunrise. While painfully early (we got to the airport at 4 am), I love to fly when there's an opportunity to see the sun from this perspective. It's peaceful and sobering, especially after all the loss.
First Ducky and Bunker (late) Summer Camp for LB and EJ commenced yesterday, a few hours after Edwin and I landed in Richmond. First on the agenda, naked bike riding.
Meanwhile, Andy and I are enjoying this incredible view while we celebrate Matt and Jeta sans kids! I think it's important to note that this is our first kid-free night/s since we went to see Ryan Adams in May of 2015. Whoa.
Ignorance is bliss. But come to find out poor guy is a mama's boy and giving Ducky and Bunker a run for their money these first couple days. (I know he looks perfectly cute and happy here. Misleading if you ask Bunker.) He did get better and even started sleeping through the night, which is pretty much a miracle in my book. Which would be titled, Secure the Upper Bonus. That's just a little Lydia trivia for you.
I wish we could do this every weekend. Really just more than once a year. These girls, bride not pictured, are six of the best things to ever happen to me.
All's well as far as I'm concerned!
How many bridesmaids does it take to secure a veil? All of them.
Just needed to document how well-rested we look.
Ducky and Bunker's Summer Camp ends with a bang! And one kid on her way to being potty trained and the other on his way to being sleep trained.
Nantahala National Forest, NC
We pulled over for the vista. Look at that heavenly light shining down on the angel!
All kinds of transitions for our growing girl. Four nights away from mom and dad and then we throw her in school. For two hours. That's how long it was supposed to last. This is the best we could do for a photo since she wasn't too keen on letting us leave her.
Her first school project and she ripped it all up. So we chose to decorate with tape. Totally intentional.
I've literally been waiting for this all summer. Every time a picture of a macaroon ice-cream sandwich pops up in my Instagram feed, I salivate. Well, we finally went and I was a little underwhelmed. It could've been the flavor option (saffron salted caramel something or other), but I'm kind of glad about that so I don't feel the urge to go every day.
Two little monkeys swinging in a tree.
Back on the home front, drywall gets delivered while there is still easy access.
These two cuties exchanging romantic glances with each other and the camera.
Back on the home front, easy access is no longer available.
Short Pump Mall
Spending the morning at a mall: better than one might expect. Water features and frog statues galore keep them busy. Thank you.
Field Day's of the Past
Dressed these kids in overalls for the farm animals at the fair. Leena's favorite part: the free sample of chocolate milk. Not the real calf next to it. She did love petting and feeding all the animals though.
Final dinner with Kiki before she hits the skies in the morning. She loves all her grands and they love cooperating for photos.
All these crazy caterpillars. Leena gets down real low and talks to them and says things like "aaah" in a real sweet voice.
Making sure Jonah has adequate dinner entertainment.
Celebrating four years of marriage with solo time, no electricity, and good food. Let me elaborate...Andy's gift: upgraded electrical service for the shop. My gift: kid free morning. Our gift: homemade empanadas and tres leches for dinner.
New nightly activity. Leena can identify all of her letters now! We think that's pretty special.
Catching the tail end of this cool little event full of local creators and kid activities.
Mother daughter selfie from the tree house. She loves to climb up in the windows.
He's probably happy because he knows food is coming.
The mess that is the upstairs play area. Precisely why I moved it all upstairs.
Some of Leena's early preschool art. I did not put it in a keepsake box.
She's taken charge of feeding the cat and standing watch to make sure she eats every last piece.