July | Full and Fun

[this post is almost entirely pictures…i.e. the best form of memories]

July started like this. Lots of blue sky and a visit from Alex’s sister and her husband which included lots of time in CW… IMG_2244

but also some baking and playing with little J…IMG_2236

IMG_2237 They flew here but drove back to Illinois with Alex and little J in one day. 950 miles in 16 hours with a toddler. The day started with a 3:00am departure. Little J was an angel and Alex’s sister is my hero. He did amazing in the car and made me so proud. Varied activities, a 2 hour nap and the movie AirBud were keys to sanity.IMG_8534IMG_2391IMG_2386

A week later, I reunited with the crew after spending a week in D.C. for work and spent a few days in Rockford which included a baseball game and a trip to Brookfield Zoo.IMG_2306


IMG_2313IMG_2317A few days later we headed to Wisconsin to spend time on Lake Geneva with my family which included lots of sand and water and boating and our 6 year wedding anniversary.


IMG_2348IMG_2375IMG_2364IMG_2370 IMG_2374 IMG_2372 IMG_2371 IMG_2341And then our little family got back on the road and headed home this time with me in tow. We spent two days on the road and took our time. Stopping to play baseball a couple of times and to explore the town of Lewisburg, WV where we found and interesting little cafe that had a play place. #winning on the road!IMG_2380IMG_2379

IMG_2383And that friends was July. Full and fun indeed and we’re thankful. Thankful for quality time with friends and family who live 950 miles away; thankful for cool nights and the beauty of the Midwest; thankful for flexibility and summer warmth; thankful for a few weeks without a grocery bill; thankful that these pictures and memories will make me happy in November when the monotony of life is more apparent.




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