Some random facts about me; I hate to write. I can't spell. I never journal. So, why blog? Well, as many of you know or will soon come to know, my life has taken quite the turn in the past months. My heart is on the mends, although, will never be completely whole again. Therefore, I am constantly looking for ways to comfort this ache. Over these past months, reading other blogs exclaiming stories about life, death, random facts, daily encounters and simple pleasures, have somehow tended to my aching heart and have allowed me to experience small moments of joy. Blogging has allowed our world to capture a small (although sometimes quite large) glimpse into another ones life, creating a thrill that is addictive and slightly contagious! My blog will hopefully nurture that thrill in hopes to offer you a 'front row seat' into my journey through this crazy experience called, life. Life, in the essence of what gives, breaths and sustains. Maybe my blogging will one day attribute to caring for another ones aching heart.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Summer Happenings...

Lots to catch up on over the past few months.  
The end of June consisted of celebrating my 30th birthday.  I wanted to spend the day as a family and that is just what we did.   We spent the day outside at Longwood Gardens, one of our favorite places.  No matter how often we go, the faces of Sydney splashing in the fountains never gets old.  

My family came over for dinner and dessert before Eric and I headed out to spend our first night away from the babe :)   

Eric spoiled me by treating me to a night away.... no monitors, no middle of the night crying, no early morning wake ups.  Something I had not had in over a year.

 Destination: The Four Seasons, Philadelphia, a special treat indeed!

Sydney did great with Mimi.  She slept through the night and woke up showing no signs of missing mama or Dada :)

Then came July...
Beginning with the 4th
We were ecstatic to hear our neighborhood put on an annual 4th of July parade ending with a cook out.  We remained spectators for the parade this year, although will be sure to participate next year as Sydney kept pointing and squealing as the children paraded by in their strollers, wagons, tractors and bikes.  So fun!  We met a handful of neighbors as well as a few little pals for Sydney.

Then came a weekend full of wedding fun with my old college girlfriends.  It was Emily's turn to get married, making an excuse for a reunion weekend.  Emily made a gorgeous bride, the day was perfect.  

Amongst all the wedding hype and craze of out-of-town guests, my family was experiencing a celebration of our own.  My very first nephew decided to make his appearance all in the same weekend.
My brother and his wife, Meredith welcomed little Owen William into their family on July 5th.

 Sydney quickly became smitten with her new little cousin.

The rest of July was spent mostly engaging in some sort of water activity, as the weather demanded it.

Sydney also received her first 'car'.  We have enjoyed going for a 'ride' after dinner or to a picnic lunch.

Before you knew it, August was here.  And with August, came yet another change in Eric's career.  An unforeseen, but very welcomed opportunity presented itself and Eric went for it.  Praise God, he got the job, giving him a few weeks home with the family as he was in-between positions.  We took advantage of daddy's days home and ventured on a few day trips.

First stop, The Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia.  Such a wonderful find! I am sure we will frequent the museum again in the months to come.

Daddy loved soaking up a few extra days with his little girl and she sure loved spending them with her Dada.

Another great find was our day spend at the Elmwood Zoo.  Yet another place we will be sure to frequent this Fall.  Sydney has recently become enthralled with any and every animal she sees.  To say the zoo was a hit, would be an understatement.  We enjoyed our day joined by the company of Didi and Poppy.

I feel as though this summer has grown my 'baby girl' into quite a little lady.  She is blossoming in every way revealing her sweet temperament and cautious personality along with those quick outbursts of excitement.  This little lady has left her mama and Dada quite smitten ;)