Every Sunday night when we're home, Chris and I grill out and enjoy our quiet backyard, listen to the hum of lawnmowers in the distance, wave or chat with the neighbors and take in all of our blessings. This year the biggest blessing we are basking in, is sitting on a blanket picking grass and grinning from ear to ear.
Last summer, as I rubbed my baby bump, we daydreamed about what it would be like to have a little punkin' on the patio with us. Now that it's here, it's even better than we imagined. Kanyon has added so much to our world and it's impossible not to smile when he's around.
Having him has inspired us to do new things and make new memories. We were kind of homebodies before he arrived... we'd take Sunday drives and explore the area, but we weren't motivated to do "activities" per se. Now when the weekend rolls around, we're looking ahead to new experiences for our growing baby to enjoy.
Some of my favorite moments have been the simplest. Just me and Kanyon with a blanket and the great outdoors. He loves to listen to the birds (is always looking for the source of the song) and cannot get enough of the grass. He loves to try and eat it! He really likes the fresh air and just "sings" and "sings" and as of late, he loves to clap his hands and climb on mom.
Just a couple of weekends ago, I took him home to the farm. (Our family's hobby farm in MN) and as I like to say, we squeezed 10 pounds of fun into a 5 pound bag! Grandma and mommy took him to the county fair, took him swimming, took him for a photo opp in our Model A and took him for a nature stroll. It was so much fun!
I didn't know what he'd think of the lake, but he loved it! We swam until his little toes were wrinkled up! He did great at the fair... loved the corn dog breading he got a little taste of and enjoyed watching the bigger kids ride the ponies. He did get a little scared at the announcer during the mutton busting event. (mutton busting is hilariously cute and scary at the same time) and when it was done, my little summer son conked out in the car.
From the zoo to the playground, this little man has had a summer to remember (at least mom and dad will). We've got more pictures than we know what to do with or that I can afford to print and so many memories.
Now as Chris and I sit on the patio trying to absorb the fact that we're actually parents and the little one we dreamed about is actually here, we're already daydreaming about next summer when our baby boy has abandoned his blanket on the grass and is instead running around the yard as fast as his little legs will carry him.
What are some of your favorite summer memories? I'd love to hear about them!
P.S. I posted a link below to a YouTube video... if you don't watch the whole thing (which is mostly for his grandparents and boring for most of you) fast forward to 1:49 and watch his face! Cracks me up every time!!! Just thought I'd share that (and some new pictures on the photo tab).