Happy Moments of Summer

This post is coming to you from beneath a pile of plastic dump trucks, tractors, and race cars.  One of them is singing in my ear, dangerously close to having it's batteries ripped out.  Camden has had me trapped in his idea of Jenga for over ten minutes.  Thank goodness for smartphones, where I can write in these kinds of situations.  Cam doesn't mind.  I'm not allowed to talk to him because I'm supposed to be "sleeping."  I can't move, or else a vehicle will become displaced.  So.  Smartphone it is.  Don't judge me.

Kids are funny, and Cam is getting funnier by the day.  And sweeter.  That's the word I get most often when people are trying to describe him.  His sweet, concerned personality is really starting to shine through.  He's a cautious, logical, friendly, expressive, snuggly, trampoline-jumping bookworm, and he's just the best.

Now that summer is officially here, we've been hitting up the pool a lot.

One of our favorite people ever came all the way from California to swim with us!

For about two days after Lynn left Cam was asking for her, or throwing up his hands and saying, "Oh!  Where Lynn go?!" like we forgot her at the store or something.

Understandable, since this girl is just fun.  At night we relived our jr. high days with ice cream and Disney movies.  Ok, ok, and our high school and our college days.  We're so mature.  At least we aren't eating straight out of the carton anymore.  I call that a grown-up win!

Considering the kind of heat we are used to, it's been enjoyable summer weather.  Still hot enough for a popsicle and some swimming, but not so hot that you need to dump ice into the water.  In Tucson I felt like I couldn't leave the house unless it included swimming.  But here we are still able to hike, which is one of Cam's favorite activities.  Last hike we went on he kept saying, "Mama, mama!  I love hiking."

He treats it like a mission.  Whenever we go with other toddlers and their parents Cam is practically running at full speed to the top of the hill, leaving behind the bug-spotters and grass-pullers.  Sometimes I wish he would slow down like the others, you know, enjoy some nature, but I also kind of love it.  This boy sets his sights on a goal and you better watch out, 'cuz he is going for it!

Buuuut on the way back he pretty much wants to hitch a ride with the longest pair of legs.

A few other happy things in our lives as of late …

Memorial day with my family.  My parents are moving soon, so we try to appreciate the last moments we get to visit the house I spent most of my teenage years in.

Of course we went swimming because… Tucson in June.

I love this guy--he's just my favorite.

Our new little trampoline is a huge hit around here.  Great exercise for Camden {who basically wants to live on the tramp} and also it does great things for my hair.

This boy and his great grandparents.  He really has a special bond with them, and asks to see them all the time.  Hate the distance. :-(

My sous chef these days.  He doesn't always wear pants, but he does a fantastic job pouring and mixing.  Sometimes we even try cutting.  With butter knives.

His favorite game is "hide from the lion!"  My favorite game is when he falls asleep hiding from the lion.

Camden loves church.  Last Sunday when we went to pick him up from nursery he yelled at us to go away.  "No go home!"

This is one of Cam's best little buddies.  We sure love hanging out with him and his mama.  Frozen Franny's is a special favorite, and the frozen yogurt only plays a small part.  The boys are obsessed with the working train set, little cars they can sit in, and this wagon that you can rent to walk around the square.

DIGGERS!  All day every day.

Have I mentioned that Cam is in a stage where he refuses to smile for pictures?
If I hold my phone or camera out in front of me, he scowls and yells, "No take pichas!"  Although it's certainly frustrating at times, it's also a fun challenge.  Pictures have to be sneaky, and catch the true emotion of the moment.

We have a lot of happy moments.

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