even though i haven't been around here much to declare it, i pretty much adore summer, home with my girl. don't get me wrong, we have our unsavory moments, plenty of them. but the overarching feeling of closeness, connection, and just pure awesomeness definitely outweighs the hardships of parenting. how freeing it is to be just mama and not all of the other titles of hats that i wear during the school year. i love being 'just mama'during our summers together.
this was the summer of horses -- horse books and stories, stick ponies, horse farms, schleich plastic horses, you name it...she's all about it. i think nearly everyone in our town has been introduced to nay, her stick horse. nay usually goes whereever we go. can you say endearing??? the downside to all of this new interest is that her beloved dolly has spent most of the summer on bea's bed. sniff. sniff. i knew the day would come, but my heart can help but break for dear dolly. some of her favorite horse books have been:
if you know of any great horse theme picture books or early chapter books, would you mind sharing them with me? obviously, we can't seem to get enough.
she is still madly in love with the ingalls. it took us just about the entire summer to read through by the shores of silver lake. just last night, we cracked open farmer boy. we've yet to complete charlotte's web though that one is in our rotation as well and oh, we've loved that one so much too.
goodness, we have quite a scattered book reading life these days!
besides having our noses tucked inside good books, we swam, swam, swam and played with pebbles a ton, and just stayed home and did nothing but play and hang out and get dirty and sweaty. pure and simple. nothing much to it.
bea has had weeks upon weeks of vibrant, imaginative play full of made up on the fly folk songs about the normal kinds of folk song topics such as sunshine, elephants, birdies chirping, rain coming down, horses galloping. we've also had dancing horses, parades, carriage rides with imaginary siblings, life on the farm, horse back riding through prairies escaping rattlesnakes, and whatnot. truly remarkable. i'm so grateful for this child.
and that my friends, has been our summer. on tuesday, we begin a new school year. summers are super special to us, but i'm eager to welcome the days of fall and winter home.