Happy Friday + Randomness

Happy Friday! What a week – it’s been full throttle fun. Yesterday, we had a gathering of friends with an awesome spread of food to celebrate the Fourth of July. Three long tables filled to the gills with snacks and treats and grilled goodness. The kids careened down slip ‘n’ slides (and a few adults too) and we even had a keg of beer! I chatted with old and new friends, and didn’t snap a whole lot of photos, which is unlike me as I’m usually the unofficial photographer. Around 10pm, we corralled the group and headed down a few blocks to plunk down blankets in the middle of the closed-off street and watched fireworks blasted over the small, local lake.

Normally, K would be super-charged with energy at 10pm, but I think we’re still on Michigan time, because she curled up on my lap and fell promptly asleep while the fireworks kaboomed all around. We were surrounded by throngs of people and yet it felt like we were in our own world: K’s warm body nestled on my knee, the skies bathed in bright showers of effervescent lights. Summer is here.


K is a big reader and likes to share nuggets of newly acquired knowledge…

K: Mommy, you know what word I’m really into lately?

Me: Hmmm?

K: Doofus.

Me: ……Huh, that’s uh, well…


Wishing you a beautiful weekend, friends! I have been thoroughly enjoying reading all the comments for the giveaway. So many lovely remembrances of childhood pastimes — books and forts and outdoor play; real and imagined travels, and reenactments of shows (Miami Vice! Love that one)…and here’s my little haiku:

Sizzle Fizzle Pop
Loved ones, food, fireworks too
Summer: feeds the soul

6 thoughts on “Happy Friday + Randomness

    1. Thank you, Karen!! It’s an old digital illustration that I modified quite a bit last night. She used to have pigtails 🙂

  1. You illustration touches my heart. And it speaks “childhood” to me….to feel safe and secure, engulved by love. Beautiful. Thank you!

    1. Thanks so much Ute – this one if one of my favorites. It’s based on a photo of K when she fell asleep with her tummy showing and arms sprawled upwards. She was probably about 1 1/2 at the time. It was such a sweet pix that I had to try to capture it in illustration form too. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. what an idyllic description of the perfect way to spend the 4th! Despite the jet-lag, glad you were able to enjoy such a wonderful day:)

    1. It really was a fantastic Fourth, though I’m hurting a little from jet lag and the aftereffects of a big party! Hope yours was lovely too, Lucinda!

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