Summer is finally here. The weather went from 60 degrees one day to 92 the next. Yay for hot weather. Hot weather makes me smile.
The kids have been playing outside and I have been enjoying time on my patio, surrounded by flowers, reading a good book.
The kids run back and forth from me to the playset to the bushes back to me. They show me each little rock and stick they find and ask me a zillion questions. I read a sentence or two and they are back again. Sometimes they find something picture-worthy and I jump up to grab my camera. Two butterflies landing on Ben's thumb make me smile. So does his joy.
I found a recipe for little s'more mini cupcakes online and OH. MAH. GAWD. They are good. No bonfire required. And the kids LOVE them. They were smiling from ear to ear.
We went directly from the church picnic to our annual family reunion held at a beautiful park. The kids played and ate and played and ate some more while we chatted with family and basked in the sun. It was a wonderful day. I wasn't the only one smiling.
The new rose bushes I planted are full of buds. One beautiful yellow rose just began to open.
And one of my favorite flowers was blooming as well. My lovely, round, purple firecrackers.
here for previous year's display). I can't wait. Makes me smile just thinking about it.
In less than a week my best friend and her family are coming to stay with us for four days. I know having 7 kids and 4 adults under one roof will probably be madness but I can't wait. I've only seen her twice since she moved to Oklahoma 4 years ago and we are overdue for a visit. We'll get to watch the ridiculous Bachlorette together on Monday night (instead of having to text each other during the show) and on Tuesday we are going to see NKOTB, Boys II Men, and 98 degrees in concert. It is high school all over again, man! I feel slightly badly for our husbands but I still can't wipe the smile off my face when I think about it.
It seems we have much to smile about around here. How about you?