Can you believe my baby turns one in THREE DAYS? This past year has flown by, and I’m doing my best to savor every minute.
A huge thank you to everyone who shared ideas for keeping the kids happy during our speech therapy commute last month – things are going much better! We still have some fighting and some fussing, but for the most part the kids are now used to sitting in the car for longer periods of time. It helps that they really enjoy speech therapy! Emma’s speech is moving ahead in leaps and bounds; we just added Early Intervention speech therapy to our existing service for Johnny, so hopefully we’ll have some Johnny quotes alongside the Emma quotes sometime soon!
July was a month full of friends and family. A bunch of Mike’s coworkers came over for a barbeque, and then a couple days after that we got together with some fellow alumni from our alma mater, along with their kids. It was great to catch up with everyone and see how much their kids had grown up since the last time we got together! I also really enjoyed our impromptu play dough party, and hope to have more casual get-togethers with friends in the coming months!
Mike and I attended our first-ever blogger event – a dinner at Myers + Chang, courtesy of MyBlogSpark and General Mills. I wondered about the General Mills part, and sure enough at the end of the meal I found this in my fortune cookie:
I’m always a fan of creative marketing, and all the more when it means Mike and I get a free date – to somewhere (much) more glamorous than Costco! The Wanchai Ferry entrees tasted great, although this fortune cookie did explain why the texture of the orange chicken was a little strange! I had hoped to meet some other local bloggers, but the set-up of the evening didn’t make that very easy, particularly since we were seated next to a couple of food bloggers who (it appeared) thought we were competing food bloggers. If only they had been willing to say “hello”, they would have known that I am no competition to any food blogger, and I could have linked over to their blogs!
I’m thrilled to report that I didn’t kill any plants last month! We transplanted our strawberries and most of the tomato plants, and they are all doing well. We’ll see if we manage to get any strawberries or tomatoes; so far a very well-fed chipmunk has beat us to all but five blueberries from our blueberry bush, and something ate the single green strawberry that had appeared on our strawberry plants!
We went to a farmer’s market, but it was a bit of a flop; the kids were hot and therefore grumpy. The market I picked was very small, and the vendors didn’t seem particularly pleased to see children. Maybe we’ll try a different farmer’s market in August, particularly since I want to participate in this event
. Massachusetts readers, do you have any recommendations of children-friendly farmer’s markets?
I also met my second bonus goal of sewing something. I made a veil
for my friend getting married in August, and a couple of fashion doll-sized sleeping bags.
I had a wonderful thirtieth birthday, and I’m excited to celebrate Mike’s thirtieth birthday in August alongside Lily’s first! Goals for August:
- Celebrate Mike and Lily’s birthdays. Target Area: gratitude
- Play outside as much as possible. Target Areas: peace, health, and education
- Plan and execute a road trip, first to Atlantic City (where Mike has a conference) and then on Philadelphia (for a wedding)! Any recommendations of things to see or do in either location, or along the way? Target Areas: peace and education
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MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.