July flew by, and so has Anna’s babyhood – can you believe she turns two this month?! July goals were very simple, and I plan to maintain this approach to setting monthly goals for August. I had a lovely, mellow birthday, we unpacked and will be packing (and unpacking) again this month since we are driving to Vegas to visit Mike’s family. I thoroughly enjoyed BlogHer, especially meeting bloggers I have “known” online for years, and making new friends. For me, the lasting takeaway from blog conferences is the people and getting personalized advice, since you can find the content of pretty much any session on the internet somewhere.
I have a fun cake planned for Lily’s birthday – I really hope it works! In the meantime, we are enjoying lots of downtime, including piano practice with friends. The kids enjoyed some extra time with Mike while I was at BlogHer, as well as visits with aunts, uncles, and cousins. Mike’s uncle brought over some LEGO sets that his cousin had outgrown, and the kids have thoroughly enjoyed them.
The kids have learned a lot during our unstructured summer! Both Johnny and Lily’s reading has improved, and Emma has improved both in math and on piano. She is also working on French using the excellent Duolingo app, and making good progress.
August will be a busy month – three birthdays, and the kids go back to school! Here are my goals:
- Celebrate Lily’s 5th birthday. Theme: gratitude
- Celebrate Anna’s 2nd birthday – and Mike’s 34th. Theme: gratitude
- Enjoy visiting Mike’s family. Theme: gratitude
- Get the kids settled into school for the new year. Themes: responsibility and education
- Make the most of our remaining down time before school starts. Theme: simplicity
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