Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A summer day and some news!

We've had a slow start to summer this year, but from what I've heard from other bloggers and friends around the country, we haven't been alone.  There has been more rain than usual and it seems like we just can't get a run of hot summer days. And it's already halfway through July!

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!


Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Your day was almost tooo-chock-full of happiness. Almost! Can never have too much fun and happiness.

Love the look of concentration on tiny one's faces. Everything is so new. The little forehead has to wrinkle some, while holding head up, and taking everything in. :-)))

'Pop' here, wears one of those (are they?) Auzzie hats, too.

A new-to-me crock pot recipe! Yeaaaaaaaaa! Thank you.


Dewena said...

Congratulations on news of the newest family member expected! And what a good Monday it must have been for you with Brooklynn there to dote on!

Your dinner sounds delicious. I'll go check out the recipe.

Mari said...

Now that sounds like a perfect day! Congratulations on another grandbaby to love and spoil!

Melinda said...

Awesome day, awesome fun AND awesome news!!!!


Both of the girls are cuties for sure.

M :)

Susanne said...

Oh my goodness! Congratulations to all! I need a grandbaby to spoil!

Mereknits said...

You are the best Grandma! Hooray for the great news, a by that is just fantastic.