Well, July is pretty much over. Hooray! This month seriously kicked our booty. Without getting into too much detail on the internet, July was a tough month for our family…leaving Curtis and I just completely exhausted and burnt out. Despite all the hard moments, there were many pockets of good. Isn’t that how life works? Our stressful month ended with California visitors! Seriously, having this family stay with us this weekend was absolutely refreshing and got us out of our funk. Yay for family! And for family who loves you, encourages and prays for you! Love you Holtzclaw Clan!
Laura and I with our babies and long morning conversations over coffee.
Oregon nights are warm! We had late dinners and lots of backyard hangs. The big kids and dads camped out in our backyard. Ev was not very into it, but James loved it. I think bedtime was like 11?! My kids just had so much fun.
We went to Pips donuts and the Farmers Market. Look at these sweet boys!
SO many kids! The cousins and their boys.
This month we’ve been harvesting like every week from our community garden. My first homegrown tomato! And the most lovely garden flowers. It was so fun to pick and choose and make a bouquet!
Jon is joining at the table and loves it. So fun to see them all together.
We went blueberry picking like 3 times this month. Oregon is BERRY LAND! All the amazing upick farms seriously makes my heart so happy. This outing was with a few moms from church!
We also celebrated Jonathan turning ONE!! I made his favorite (Sweet potato blackbean nachos) and a simple cake. We had small celebration with just us, but looking forward to celebrating with family next month.
We now have a 4 year old, a 3 year old, and a 1 year old. Phew! Pray for Curtis and I!
Curtis grinding the oats for Jon’s cake.
More garden stuff from another week.
Family blueberry picking day.
We are living in our backyard most days. SUMMER! SUNSHINE!
July was a month I took off from intentional preschool activities. It was really great. We’ve just been filling our time/days with lots of outside time, splash pads, playdates, park dates, ect. But, James has started writing simple letters on his own without my instruction…Look at that sweet E he made!
My wild children.
I’m telling you, Oregon and it’s amazing bounty of summer berries…More BERRIES! Blackberries are everywhere in Portland. The blackberries in our backyard are finally ready! So we pick some almost daily. Stashing them in the freezer and hoping to make this jam for canning club. I’ll probably make a cobbler or some muffins too. What else?!
Another awesome haul from the garden.
I GREW ALL OF THIS! This newbie gardener is obsessed.
I had planned on having a slow summer mostly at home. But, this month is when I started to feel brave enough to go on outings with the kids, ALONE! This past year I have mostly stayed close to home, our community group or our co-op. When I did go out, I never went alone, as the thought of wrangling three children made me really anxious. Praise God for his strength and peace though because all that anxiety and fear is gone and I am so ready to adventure with my crew again! I’ve been taking them to the splash pads a ton. They love it!
Curtis had his CASA volunteer training on Jon’s actual birthday, so he wasn’t going to be home. So, we met him for lunch and then the kids and I went to go get ice cream. Happy Birthday, Jon!
Look at the fun stuff I got at canning club. My kids LOVED the ginger spiralized beets. They ate it out of the jar! Haha.
Bourbon Peach Pie because SUMMER.
We spent the 4th of July at our friends new house and hung out and grilled some food. The kids had so much fun with the fireworkers. Although, their faces don’t show it! Hahaha.
Curtis has been working a ton this month. It’s so nice when he’s home!
We went to a local baseball game.’
Had a donut/park date with a couple friends too.
Post evening splash pad. We went to work on the garden and then picked about 2 pounds of blackberries. Blackberry brambles are everywhere!! Even at our community garden.
It’s 1am and our house is 82 degrees because we have been experiencing at heat wave AND our central AC broke! So, super late bedtime tonight. But, cold brew is waiting for me tomorrow morning. Yes, iced coffee in the morning because tomorrow is supposed to be our last HOT day.