After a long fall, a mild winter, and a perfect spring, summer is here. The A/C is on. It's too damn hot to be outside at high noon. But life continues, nonetheless, and today that meant a brunch birthday party at a friend's house two streets away.
But first, let me introduce Louie:
He joined our family yesterday and so far fits in great.
Woke up this morning and after awhile, went to the garden to pick off stinkbugs. Determined to keep them under control so they don't devestate my cucumbers and exotic melons and squashes, so I head down there every other day or so to squish the mustard-like eggs and hand-pick any I see. Found six today, two ripe cucmbers, three strawberries, and these:
The year's first sunflowers! These are Lemon Queens and are taller than K, so about 8 feet or so. The cucmbers are twining up them pretty nicely.
Caspian helped me water but after a half-hour, we headed back up the hill, already hot.
Got dressed and headed to the party.
Where there was a backyard set up for fun-- boucy castle, sprinklers, pools, and of course, balloons.
A friend's baby, whom K has a special fondness for (I think it's mutual):
And so for three or so hours, the kids played relentlessly and the adults flopped in lawn chairs, drank spiked lemonade and Bloody Marys and let the conversations wander.
Some of us work with or next to each other. Some of them are my customers. Some of them are my vendors. Some of them have kids who go to the same daycare. A lot of us were pregnant at the same time. Almost all of us have known almost all the kids since infancy. We all see each other weekly, if not daily, in some way or another, and always at the kids' birthday parties.
I like that my kids are growing up with friends just blocks away.
Caspian and hus buddy G., taking the girls' new birthday present for a spin:
Annaliese ferrying various boys around:
She had a great time. Annaliese never cries or whines or even stops to eat at parties. Instead, she plays like it is her job.
Caspian, on the other hand, ate non-stop, whined a little, and got hot and tired by early afternoon.
So we're home now. Resting in the cool air. Talking about screening in the porch. Letting the heat have its way with the afternoon. We'll go back out again in the evening.
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