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(2011) In which I attempt a summer wrap-up

Summer: Where did it go? Somehow it's come and gone and it was filled with all the things that make summer great, like popsicles, waterparks, friends, swimming lessons, carnivals and lazy days.  So before we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall,  I thought we should take a little look back on our Malleycat summer. 

Oliver developed a love of goggles. Protective eye wear is very important to this guy.  He's also now two years old.  Remember when he was a newborn? It really seems like yesterday.

We got a kitten and named him Colonel Mustard. He is rad. Unlike Francisco, he is not mentally retarded (and I don't say that jokingly).  He licks his own nether regions, poops in a box, and is snuggly and friendly and hilarious.  Everything we wanted in a cat. And he's here to stay. 

We went to the carnival and it confirmed everything we knew about carnivals to be true: Carny folk are seriously frightening, carnivals are ridiculously expensive while being totally ghetto at the same time--which is pretty impressive,  and sadly,  our kids love them. Which means we will probably feel obligated to spend one billion dollars at a creepy carnival again sometime in the all-too-near future.

I won a pie making contest! That is not actually a picture of my award-winning pie, but that is a picture of Oliver getting in on the pie-eating contest.  I made a caramel apple pie that was fabulous--as evidenced by my blue ribbon! It had homemade caramel layers, apples, a cheesecake layer atop a graham and caramel crust. Good stuff people. Good stuff.

This has nothing to do with summer. I just saw this when I was at PetSmart getting some kitty supplies. I want to know if anyone has ever purchased one of these.  And then I want to meet that person and shake their hand.  Also, how psyched is that model to be the representative for such an awesome product?! I'm sure she's got that one in her portfolio front and center.

Thanks to a last minute standby ticket and the support of my incredible husband I was lucky enough to spend 2 days with these clowns--Wendy and Tyler of Blue Lily at a GoPro workshop, wherein I learned more about photography in 1 hour than I learned in an entire semester at the community college.  On top of that I laughed so hard I cried, and loved every second of it.  I know I already wrote a whole blog post about how much I adore Wendy and Tyler,  so I'll just say that I love those people, and leave it at that.  It was a weekend I will never forget, and it was made even more awesome by the fact that the rental car people gave me a VW Beetle for $15/day, and I executed the best surprise ever and got to spend the day with Mandy and Dusti.  Even writing about that weekend makes me all happy and giddy again.  I am so lucky I kind of want to slap myself.

So summer is ending and school is starting. Bennett started the 1st grade and was so excited to get back to school. I dropped him off on the first day of school, and the only person who cried was Oliver--who was NOT happy about Bennett leaving.  So when Bennett came home from the bus, I expected smiles--but instead I saw tears welling up in his eyes.  When I asked him what was wrong he put his hands over his face and said, "I didn't want you to see me like this!  I just want to be happy on my first day!"   I said, "Did you have a good day? Did something happen?" He said, "I had a good day--but I just missed you!"  I explained how we can feel happy and sad at the same time, and that it's normal to miss your mom on the first day.  He seemed comforted by that, and in no time was back to his happy self. But I swear my heart broke in a million pieces when he said that. What a sweet little guy.  The next morning he asked if I could take new pictures of his "first day" so that he would look happy in them.  And I did.  And he does. But this is the picture I will remember.

And to end our summer recap, I'll leave you with picture of who's coming this January.  When we told the kids that we were having a boy, Lincoln said, "4 boys coming in for a landing!!"  We still don't really know what that means, but it still makes us laugh.  I'm sure our son will someday be mortified that there is a picture of his wang in utero out there on the internet. I apologize in advance son. But you were unabashedly flashing your goods during that ultrasound so that even the tech said, "wow", and just stood there in admiration.  You made your dada very proud.

Seth Malley