Okay, summer may not be over as far as temperatures go here in Texas, but school has started, and as you can see, we’re all thrilled!
Just kidding! That photo is just a reenactment. Emerson doesn’t actually start pre-school until tomorrow, and this is Akira’s actual first day picture:
We really do all look forward to school. And while our summers are typically laid back, we did manage to squeeze in some good times.
Michael and I took take a vacation to celebrate our 10th anniversary.
We finally got to pick the watermelon we’ve been growing (first discussed here). Michael didn’t think it was ready, I assured him that it was, but I was definitely holding my breath as I cut it open.
It was red! Yay! It was also unbelievably delicious!
The seedlings that we meticulously planted in the front yard died after about a month. It was just way too hot for their small, frail, leaf bodies. We replaced them a few weeks ago with these blu-ish/green-ish guys from Lowe’s:
Unfortunately, I can’t recall the actual plant name at the moment. They do seem to be doing well — some better than others. I’m not sure I love them there, but until we fill in the rest of the beds, they’ll just hang out there. It might be a while before we can fill the rest of the beds. We haven’t had any rain lately, so the ground is currently rock hard, and no bueno for major landscaping projects.
Every year, around this time, the high school band puts on a parade that marches passed our front door. This year it was the day we were cleaning out the garage. It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal in theory, but there is something really special about it, and it makes us love our neighborhood even more.
We did go to the lake that one time:
But we spent most of the time in our “pool”:
Oh! I almost forgot! Akira officially knows how to ride her bike! What! What! I wish I had a better picture, but the girl is fast, and this is the best I could get:
Until next year, summer!