Well, well, well. I’m back! I’ve taken a nice month long blogging vaca, but I’m reporting back for duty. I hope ya’ll are ready for some more craziness, recipes, and rants. I’ve had a lot of free time lately to soak up all of Hattie’s energy with summertime activities, and boy, has it been fun to watch her play! And effing hot. Now, I don’t fake curse a lot, but when I do, I would like for you to catch the gusto behind it. Because that’s how hot Southwest Louisiana has been. I fool myself in the mornings with a really cold house, and almost daily I think, “I should make gumbo for supper…” but then I walk outside and reality slaps me, we’ll be eating watermelon. Really cold watermelon. And ice cubes.
Now for a July recap in photos to catch ya’ll up.
We started off July over in Alabama, at a family favorite vacation spot, Gulf Shores. My parents had taken their camper, and my aunt and uncle were loving enough to convince me to drive up and stay with them in their condo. My little cousin willingly gave up his bed (thanks Chan!) and so we trucked it over to meet them. We decided to surprise my parents and Paran Chase, and they were literally in tears when they saw
us Hattie. No hard feelings here….I get it. Hattie was too young to remember our last trip to the beach, but she took to that sand and the waves like a boss. She adored playing with my cousin’s little girl, Ella, who is 5, and a real life Disney princess (at least Hattie thinks she is). We were able to celebrate Chase’s 18th birthday while we were there, and I think that was almost like hitting Hattie’s first birthday for me emotionally. I cherish my little brother, so to realize how close he is to leaving the nest really makes my heart ache a little, but I’m so ready to watch him fly! He will do amazing things in life. My definition of amazing may be marrying a beautiful Guamanian, having really tan babies, going to church on Sundays, and watching the Hornets play basketball on Friday nights, because simple is the best kind of amazing. Am I right?
Since July has been so hot-I think we’ve covered this topic-almost every single day involves some kind of water fun. Water in buckets, water in kiddie pools, water slides, water parks, watermelon. You name it. We’ve done it. Hattie is a little water bug, except at swimming lessons. She hates those.
We’ve been able to catch up this week with Hattie’s buddy Rhett. It is the funnest thing to watch them play. They have been around one another since infancy, so their method of communication flows naturally. It’s impressive to watch Hattie boss him around, and him follow commands, and then switch roles with him pointing out what he wants her to do and her following along. They are the most adorable blue eyed, blonde hair best friends.
We have also been enjoying the products of our garden this month, and I am officially zucchini’d out. I had a whole patch of cantaloupe and watermelon, with plenty of little babies growing on the vines, but I was running into major anxiety trying to figure out when to pick them. Apple needs an app for that… This past week I finally ventured out to test out a few melons, and was surprised to find about 7 cantaloupe that had disconnected themselves from the vine. I’m pretty sure that was their last desperate attempt at screaming “Pick me woman!”. There were a few watermelon with very yellow bed patches on the bottom, so I assumed they were ready for picking as well. I ended up with a nice little melon abundance on Monday that I photographed and then shipped off to the ice boxes of various friends and family. I still think that the best part of gardening is sharing. Especially the sweet melons. Those are the best.
Ahh, what a random post to welcome me back to the world of Joleigh Blonde…I’ll see you all tomorrow, where I’ll be discussing our love of play-dates and chocolate. There may or may not be a recipe involved.