Lots of photos.Vermont Children’s Hospital receives books as our birthday tradition begins. A sibling bond. Fireworks.

June 25th was our big adventure to Burlington Vermont and the Vermont Children’s Hospital. The weather was very unsettled and the clouds looked really weird. Of course I took a ton of photos along the way. Ain’t no way we were forgetting this memorable day after all! It was a mostly rainy Monday but we didn’t let that damper our moods. So off we went, car loaded up with all the necessities of a well planned trip, complete with 65 generously donated children’s books! The sky grew darker the further west we drove.

When we arrived we had to go up four floors on the elevator, which Olive was not too fond of. She decided to read a book along the way.

When we arrived at the Vermont Children’s Hospital, we were greeted by a Child Life Intern named Alexis, who was just the sweetest lady ever. She thanked Olive for all of the books and let her know how grateful they were that she stopped by to donate them for her birthday and how meaningful it was of her!

We assured her we would be back in November so Brandon can make a donation, which he is very excited about! It felt so good to give back. I hope our children could feel it too!

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Brandon and Olive share this amazing bond. Now, when I was still pregnant and shortly after her birth I worried about how they would be towards each other with such a big age difference. Today, I realize that was all needless worrying on my part. They couldn’t love each other any more than they already do. This summer is turning out to be fabulous. They both get along and play together so well! I just love it!

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Just ’cause.

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Fourth of July day was gorgeous, and hot! We started the day by walking into town to meet up with our family to watch the parade which was totally awesome. Then, it was onto the little fair so the kids could ride the train. Olive had a breakdown when it stopped and she had to get off of it. Oh my goodness. So I had to persuade her back into happiness and smiles with a Sno Cone! It worked…until Brandon wanted to go on a ride that was right next to the trains and the crying started again. Poor girl. She knows how to have a good time and it was for sure not in her stroller. Besides that, she hadn’t taken her nap at eleven like she usually does.

We headed home shortly afterwards because it was getting hotter and there was very minimal shade. Olive fell asleep on our walk back home. We put her into bed and we too decided to take a nap.

When we woke, I noticed the thunder, dark skies, wind and lightning had started. Our electricity was out too. We were hungry. It was getting dark so Den made us dinner(by candle light) and we waited for the fireworks to start. Let me tell you, soooooo amazing. They were right above our house. We got to sit on our lawn and watch them this year. Best of all we didn’t have to drive anywhere, it was so relaxing!

Firework photos courtesy of Dennis, who is just brilliant. I love that man so much! Olive hated the fireworks but loved the parade, go figure. She kept saying “back out the house?” because she wanted to go back inside when they started hahah! She’s saying so much now. We love to hear her talk and try to put sentences together.

Oh, and our electricity? That came back on around 11:30pm, just as we were headed to bed.

a letter to Dad.

Dad,
Though yesterday was hard for us, there was no place I would have rather been on “Sunday”, unless of course it was sitting at your kitchen table sipping coffee and swapping stories. I miss that so much, but i miss you more.
It was a beautiful day, the temperature, the nice breeze. Your bench and marker were placed and it felt so good to finally have those there for you! Everyone remarked on how you would have loved the truck on your marker and how they wished you could have seen it.
It was good to hear laughter, stories from years past and kids playing in a place filled with only sorrow, hopelessness and tears previously. I hope you heard Olive whisper “I love you” as we walked away. Love you dad and miss you so much.

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