However, yesterday was a really nice summer day. It was Monday, which is now my favorite day of the week, for this reason:
Oh my gosh. I'm lucky if a get a load of laundry done while she's here. I would much rather just snuggle with her and play with her than do anything else. As it should be, right?
But, first, yesterday started out as most of my days in the summer do. On the back deck with coffee, morning devotional books and journal.
And Lilly at my feet.
Around 7:30, Marcus and Emily dropped Brooklynn off before heading to work. After some snuggles and a bottle for her, (and throwing in that load of laundry), we headed out for a walk around the neighborhood.
It's important to wear a sunhat to protect that little bald head:)
(It's just like Pop-pop's 'Tilly' hat. He knows all about protecting the tops of heads.)
We took a walk through the neighborhood, so that we could peek in backyards and get ideas for my garden.
Love this gate with the trellis over top.
Later in the morning, Aunt Kathy came by for a visit. While she fed Brooklynn, I threw together some baked ziti in the crockpot. I found a great recipe at The Dinner Mom. The link is here. (I followed the recipe, adding ground beef and yellow squash). It was so easy and SO delicious, everyone loved it. A tossed salad and focaccia bread (from the bread machine) completed the meal.
At naptime, I snuck in some reading time and finished The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. I received it in our Christmas book exchange for Book Club, and highly recommend it. It has all of my favorite elements: history, personal growth and relationships, a hint of mystery.
By 5:00, Pop-pop was home, and it was time for our evening glass of wine:)
Then, Emily and Marcus arrived, and Luke, Miranda and Siefer, too, for our traditional Monday night supper. And here's the news! These three will have a new addition to the family come January, and it's a BOY! So exciting!
Here's to more sunny days!