- Various posts keep running through my head. The one stuck on repeat most recently would have been titled "Things I Thought I'd Never Hear Myself Say as a Mother", with the headliner of "Please get your face out of my butt". Yes, I've said that. More than once.
- But(t). I'm not in the mood. I'll just do a list-post to catch up on life.
- Jamie is starting to connect words with concepts. Like today, when he put his fingers in the bottom of the glass sliding door, then held up his filthy little hand and said, "Doh-dee". It took me a second for it to register, then I realized that he telling me that his hand was dirty. The sweet little fella.
- Or yesterday, when we were in the garden and he was nervous around the sprinkler. He kept on backing away and saying, "Cold! Cold!" whenever it veered in his direction.
- Speaking of veering. I am actively trying to reprogram my nickname for Schtinky. The time has come for a change, mostly because I don't want him to get upset about it as he gets older. Recently I've been calling him "Voosy", which is Squeeze's nickname for him, or have defaulted to my new one: "Tsamie". He answers to all of them. Schtinky, Stinky, Jamie, Tsamie, Voos, Voosy.
- Our summer has been very hot and dry. We've had one real rain in the last two months. All the grass is brown and we are watering our young trees to keep them going. Ditto on the gardens. Squeeze runs the sprinkler almost every morning or night.
- Because of the heat, we are going to have AMAZING melons, squash, eggplant, peppers, okra, etc. this year. It is looking doubtful for the tomatoes, though. The plants look phenomenal, but it isn't cooling down enough at night and we are losing blossoms, especially on the big juicies. No flowers, no fruit. Frustrating.
- This is definitely the hottest summer we have had here. Squeeze heard somewhere that these are the warmest temps in Minnesota since 1987. In the past, we've run our air conditioner maybe once a summer, perhaps for 3-4 days, during a miserable run of hot, humid days; but this summer, the a/c has been on for most of July. Life would be miserable without it, though I am getting very tired of feeling cooped up. We have enough of that in the winter months.
- My parents and sister are coming for a visit next week. They will be at our house for a few days, then we are all heading to the Twin Cities for my grandparents' 60th where we will meet up with another two brothers and a SIL. One brother and a SIL won't be able to make it, so it won't be a complete reunion, but fun nevertheless.
I love my boys. ♥