Onto other things...yesterday we let the butterflies free.
Even though part of this process kinda grossed me out (5 giant caterpillars stuck in a tiny jar) the end result was really cool. Layla unzipped their home for the past 2 months and we watched and waited for them to figure out that they could fly free...
One by one, they found their way to the top of the net and they were off...
Yesterday also marked an official start to summer for us...swim lessons for the girls!
When I was a kid every summer was marked with swim lessons at Bogart Pool. They are some happy memories for me. I absolutely love being in the water. It can be a pool, the lake, a river, a swimming hole, the ocean (by far my FAVORITE!)...whatever it is I'm in. I have passed this love on to my children. They are little fish and I just wish there were more swimming options here in our small town. We have a couple outdoor swimming options, just not enough time in the summer to enjoy them as much as we'd like. Swim lessons are a good way for them to grow their gills and they love them every year just as I did. I just wish I could get in the water with them, for some reasons the instructors frown on this. So, I just get to sit and watch and take in my little fish.
I still think about one day leaving this cold climate so we can spend every day in the water. That, or figure out a way to get a swimming pool in our backyard. One day.
The girls and I got to spend the day with my sister and her kids today. We had a picnic outside, the kids worked on father's day gifts and I got to enjoy having my sister back home again. (To stay this time, please) It is just so wonderful to hear the noise of cousins playing around. It is very loud and very happy and I love it. Speaking of cousin time, we got to spend all weekend with them and as a bonus got to use our camper for the first time. It isn't officially camping when we are at the future home of my parents river house and we are simply parked on the property. But, we did have a campfire complete with roasted marshmallows so I count it as the first camping trip. (and we had to back out of our usual first camping trip with the Frasers, so this one had to count. Hopefully we will make it up this coming weekend!) The weather was not exactly good for being at the river, so we took the kiddos into town to the carousel and for ice cream. Fun was had by all.
Ever since the girls were born our summers have always been full of time with my sister and her kids and I look forward to more of the same this summer. Throw in the added bonus that my little sister and son are coming to town next week and I start to feel like that kid on Christmas morning again. Things are looking up.
Enjoy your day.