Childhood is built on holidays, vacations and summertime. My fondest memories growing up almost always involve one of those three things, and when I dreamed of being a parent, summertime seemed magical. We are finishing up Vada’s very first summer, and man was it a good one. When she was born in November I remember being excited that she would be sitting up and crawling by summer, and how much fun we would have. This summer did not disappoint.
-Celebrating our first 4th of July with a walk through Cornwall park, a visit to the Splash Pad, a BBQ, and an early bedtime so mom and dad could stand in front of our house and watch the fireworks go off.
-Swimming in our baby pool, at the Aquatic Center, in a bucket, and Lake Padden!
-Eating tons of peaches and fresh Raspberries from our yard, and so many blueberries!
-Going to the Elizabeth Park Concerts.
-Having Nana visit while mama and papa worked a big wedding.
-Lots of workouts at Continuous Motion
-Play dates at the FIG, Perch and Play, and Boulevard Park
-Front yard lounging on the big quilt.
-Bells Baseball games.
-First trip to the Fair
-Eating everywhere and everything!
-Spending afternoons at the restaurant.
-Happy hour with Grandmas at Jalapenos, Pepper Sisters and Rock N Rye.
-Trips to Semihamoo and Birch Bay to play in the sand.
-Eating Mallards ice cream and Fat Pie Pizza.
-So many walks to the park, to swing on the swings.
-Play dates with Avery, and Birthday parties with Lucas and Kendall, and BBQs with Katy and Charles.
-Visiting papa at work, and at weddings.
-Petting and kissing lots of dogs, and kitties, and even a turkey!
-Strolling around the Farmers market.
I know this is just the beginning of all the cool things we will get to do with Vada, but I’m a little sad her first summer is over, and that the days will be getting shorter and colder and darker. We are planning on staying busy this winter so we don’t get bored and depressed. We have a BIG FIRST BIRTHDAY coming up, and the holidays, plus music lessons, swim lessons, and play dates galore.
I feel so lucky that I’m getting to spend so much time with Vada these days. There are times when I am burnt out, annoyed and just want some relief, but mostly I am thankful for our lives and for my family. My 29th birthday is coming up on the 12th, my last year in my twenties, it flew by. I know this year is going to be extra challenging, and so full of emotions, being pulled in different directions. Work more? Work less? Working on budgets, and balancing time with Mr. Gaunt, with Vada, and with myself. Continuing to work towards self fulfillment, and comfort in motherhood. The never ending goal to be happy and content and to step back from frustrating situations and look at my life as a whole. To not let anxiety and guilt debilitate me, to stay positive. To cherish Vada’s youth, her memories, her life always. To continue to respect my husband, to hold his hand, to be his equal, and to settle more comfortably into our “with children” roles in this relationship. Let this fall bring warmth, joy, and excitement that will carry us through the winter with plentiful happiness.