Little chefs flipping pancakes, jammied babied bodies play well past the jammie-wearing time of day, and the coming and going from outside, digging up worms and just being.
We're liking the nothingness being served up.
And it's just plain dreamy.
Dinner outside that's eaten in shifts because the fun that awaits is just too tempting.
Simple summer. Yes, please.
I'm into my 3rd trimester now, going to my lovely OB every 2 weeks. My OB is the berries, for real. She's laid back, loves my kids when they invade her office, and she's inside my head. Putting fears to rest and giving me orders when needed. My kids think she's a celebrity and I must agree. At this point I see her more than some of my friends.
Photo courtesy of Emma Doke.
In other news, I am feeling less Fred Flinstone...
The hubs bought me an iPhone. I've had this crazy cheap cell phone plan for years, so cheap we just couldn't let go of it. This year though, I wanted to smash it into tiny pieces and drop kick it as far as possible. Like when the ballet teacher kicked open the door for an impromptu parent watch and every mama there whipped out her iPhone to record her tiny dancer twirling away and I sat there, happy to watch, but knew I was missing this moment. Stuff like that, nothing ground breaking by any means but adding it all up, it was time to bite the bullet. Cave in and go for an upgrade. Chris keeps laughing at me.
Me: You mean you can press a button and your emails pop up?
Chris: (trying not to laugh or look at me like I'm an idiot) Um, yeah.
Me: You mean I can send one big text without breaking it up into 3 parts?
Moving onto way more important news, my Alice has some goodness to share. Dr. Bob, her physical therapist in OKC, has released her completely from therapy. He shared how she has progressed so well, how she no longer needs orthotics on her feet, and although she has delays, she's on her own road. Moving forward but at her own pace.
I did my best not to cry on the spot and do cartwheels out of the office.
I cried calling Chris but opted out of the cartwheels and went for cheeseburgers on the way to the park instead.
The Father is so good. My mama's heart is truly in awe of His faithfulness, His steadfast nearness to my girl. He is her blazing torch as she continues on her road, lighting her path and whispering truth of His mighty plans for her life. We are grateful.
We celebrated with a family walk to the Secret Place, a little park tucked away behind a few houses, a bridge lined with bamboo and a tree swing. It's the berries.
Plenty of space and time to listen to little ones and shower them with kisses.
The best thing is, we're just getting started.
Sun kissed babies, popsicles, slip n slides, playing outside until the sun goes down. Pancake breakfasts with friends just because.
The appetizer of a simple summer has been served, the monstrous entree is on the way. And at a summer feast, dessert is served around the clock.
This week, Alicia happily baked away in the kitchen, Boom Boom Pow cupcakes.
It's a party in your mouth. Vanilla cupcakes, chocolate buttercream icing, with caramel and sea salt in the middle. I almost ate the whole platter. I need to swipe the recipe from Alicia because this is soon to be a Doke family favorite.
Tonight is Family Night, which means a family walk, pizza, extra bubbles in the tub, popcorn and a movie. Much is to be celebrated this weekend, chips and queso will be involved. The hubs is off work Monday.
The weekend is here. Order up.
In the morning, Lord, I lay my requests before You
And my heart waits in expectation.