1. Gilian has become quite the outdoors queen - as you'll hear more about from our week at the beach - two of her favorite activities are playing with sidewalk chalk and bubbles. While I don't have any good pictures of her chasing bubbles around the yard, she's way to fast for my camera, I do have some great ones of her playing with her dad. While she gets the idea that chalk is for writing, and we highly encourage keeping it to the sidewalk, she also likes to color herself. Notice the no shoes and scraped knees - they have also become a part of G's summer experience.
2. Gardening has also been a lot of fun for Gillian and myself. We have had great luck with our basil, tomatoes, and squash this year. We planted a fig tree that is doing well, but no ripe figs yet. Gillian has become quite the little water girl!
3. Gillian and I have also enjoyed baking together this summer. She helps me break eggs, pour in measured ingredients, and her favorite part "mix & mix". Dad likes the hobby too, as he gets to eat the goodies.
4. Our latest adventure was a week at the Outer Banks with my family. Needless to say, with eight adults catering to her every whim, Gillian had a blast. The twins will be quite a shock I think when they come and stay - stealing attention while they're at it. Gillian learned several new words this past week - ocean, crane, and tube were some of her favorites. Her mantra for the week was OUTSIDE! While screaming the word every time she had to come inside, it was clear between the pool, the lake, the ocean, the sand, the swing, and the deck Gillian felt no need to ever come in. She got lots of playtime with Momma Roz and Grandpa John - and Rusty and I got some great rest! She learned how to play in the tube with dad, dig great holes in the sand, and how to feed turtles. Shelley, Laura and I had a great time catching up too. It was so wonderful to spend the week with family, it was hard to leave.
So, all in all, we've had a lot of fun this summer. Gillian is growing up way to fast. I'm so glad I have the opportunity to spend my days with her. She is learning new words daily, is becoming quite a helper to her mom, and can always bring a smile to people's faces. I will enjoy these next few months of it just being the three of us, but the adventure of twins is coming soon!