|Mommy, Lala, and the Achoos|
And you know what? We're right.
This summer is a unique one for our family. In fact, I don't expect to have another one like it for the rest of my life. And because this is a fact I'm fully aware of, I'm trying to just plain enjoy it as much as possible. Why is this summer so unique?
- None of us are in school
- None of us are working
- We're setting up our new home
- Olivia's still little
- We only have one child*
- Both our parents will be visiting us**
- We're also going on at least one little vacation
- We can go to the zoo as many times as we want
- We are together all the time
**My mom and step dad are visiting us right now! Yay! Photo credit for these pictures goes to them. I've been soaking in all the fun family time far too much to take pictures of it.
Of course, all of this will change in just a couple of months. I may even be working full time. So I'm just soaking soaking soaking up all of this precious time with Bryan and my sweet little Lala. Lala who is talking like crazy. Lala who is full speed ahead. Lala who is addicted to the Busy Town show from the '80's that we have on DVD. Lala who always--and I mean always--calls elephants "achoos." As in:
Me: Lala! We're going to the zoo!
Olivia: Big achoo!
(translation: "Big elephant!")
I'm not entirely sure why she'll refer to an elephant as an achoo, but we're pretty sure it has something to do with the fact that Bryan and I used to make her stuffed elephant sneeze sometimes. (You know, "ahh--ahhh--achoo!") Anyway, Bryan and I are so accustomed to her little language that--despite three trips to the zoo in two weeks, we hardly ever use the word "elephant" anymore. But since Grandma and Grandpa are visiting and, you know, speaking normal english, it's caught us off guard almost every time they've said elephant. What a formal, stuffy word for an achoo. It feels strange in my mind and on my lips. I'm so used to speaking Lala.
Today we also planted a little garden on our patio. You can see the before and after pictures of that on my mom's blog HERE.
Hope you're all doing well! I'll be checking in... ya know... sometime. :)