July has been a weird one. I feel as though we crammed three months worth of living into one. Thankfully it was all good. Not as many little moments to look back on but plenty of big, hearty chunks of time.
The first three days were spent cleaning and packing for our trip to the beach. Once all of that was complete, we drove up to St. Louis to wait for our journey to begin.
We spent the fourth watching a few fireworks. We don’t really celebrate the fourth in any way, so it was nice to at least make some sort of note of the holiday.
On the sixth, we began our trip to Florida!
We made a stop in Montgomery to spend the night, visit my younger brother, and meet his girlfriend – who is the sweetest lady – and her awesome kiddos.
The following morning, we made a short stop in Dothan to say hello to friends.
We drove down back roads to the coast. The drive was so pretty. We had rain on the way there and thankfully no rain while we were actually at the beach!
Between stopping for lunch, the car accidents we passed by, and the six storms we encountered, the drive to St. Louis took an extra five hours. Ha! It was still, somehow, a fun time for all of us.
Buckey spent the fourth to the fifteenth at my mom’s house. That’s a lot of spoilin’!
The moment we got home, I left to be a camp counselor. Such a fun week!
We ran some errands in St. Louis when I got back and made some detours to kayak shop. We didn’t get one, but the girls had fun testing out every display. We’re ready for some fall camping!
Finally made it out onto the river! Our first time this year! Can you believe it? Hopefully, we’ll get many chances to float this fall.
Sadie came down to stay with us for a few days. The girls had movie nights, fashion shows, chased cats and held the hens. Before we took her home, we took them for an afternoon in the city.
I attend a monthly book club with Zack’s cousins and my sister-in-law. It’s so nice to talk to other women, even if its only for an hour a month. I’ll take what I can get!
Zack and I also squeezed in time to see Mission Impossible – Fallout and eat at a restaurant sans kids.
A while back I promised Mae we’d take her to a global foods market to try and find a “green coconut.” We haven’t been there in a couple years, so it was time to follow through, and wouldn’t you know, we found one! We also scored on food from Japan, France, Ireland, Russia, Brasil, and Holland. Most of it was stuff we already know we enjoy. Next time we’ll branch out more.
We start our school year tomorrow and I am so so excited!! Zack still has one more week before he goes back to work. I’m sure it’ll be a busy one!