Summer snapshot

My sweet, sweet summer has come and gone. It’s back to work tomorrow and I’d be lying if I said I was 100% pumped. I mean, I am pumped, my job is really fun, but I’ve been makeup free and in elastic waist pants for several weeks now (you’re welcome, Creighton) and I’m just not sure about appearing in public like a human who has her ish kinda together. My kid is at SUCH a fun (challenging) age right now too, and I feel like this summer especially, I’ve really enjoyed and kind of savored my time with her, and I’m not quite ready to give that up! Some summer highlights for us:

The Fort Worth Zoo. Getting a family membership to this amazing place is the best money my mom has ever spent. (It was a gift, thanks Claud.) Not only is it an awesome zoo in general, I can’t get enough of the look of absolute, unbridled excitement and joy on Ramona’s face when she sees ANY animal (we had to put a bird feeder outside her playroom window because she was losing. it. over the birds.)

Playdates. I am convinced this is literally how parents of toddlers stay sane. Stay at home moms, you have my undying respect and I would love to buy you a drink. I love my child so much, but some days I think to myself “isn’t there anyone else you could be interacting with? Does anyone else in a 20 mile radius want to draw 50 ghosts on a notepad at your request? Is there anyone interested in listening to you narrate your entire life as it happens? Lemme make a call.” Thank you, friends with kids, for coming to my dirty house and pretending not to notice that my stinky dog ate your child’s snack out of your diaper bag. I have more snacks, and I will share. Bless you.

The Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine. This is right down the street from our house, and kinda expensive, tbh. But it’s incredibly well done and fun for small kids because everything is at their eye level and each room is different and super interactive. We love the sea turtles, the jellyfish, and the stingrays. We’re iffy on the touch pool.

The TV. Ramona may think the TV is her new mom. She’s at the age where she really loves movies and I will not apologize for watching Mary Poppins and the cartoon Beauty and the Beast a billion times each. I loved musicals from a very young age and I just get such joy out of watching them and singing along with my own kid. Thank you, TV. Ramona will be buying you a Mother’s Day card this year.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming of setting alarms, wearing shoes, and no daily adult naps. You’ve been swell, summer. We’ll miss you.