Well, my summer vacation got off to a fairly rocky start. Our cat, who normally is very low maintenance, began to throw up. . . a lot. At first, I thought it might be her food. But after changing food several times, Tara was still throwing up after most meals. Then, the week after I got done with school, she started doing something she's never, ever done before. She started peeing outside her litter box. This was just not acceptable at our house. I was not going to have a house that smelled like cat pee AND it was clear that Tara just did NOT feel good. So we found a local vet through a local interest facebook page for our area and took her in. Turns out, a bunch of tests and $300 later, Tara had a pretty nasty urinary tract infection. Try giving antibiotics through an oral syringe to a cat for nearly a month. Yeah. Not my favorite. But as of right now, she seems like she is doing fine. I do need to make a follow up appointment at the animal hospital to make sure she is completely over her infection. We really don't have the money to spend on this cat so hoping we get the all clear. I don't want to have to make upsetting decisions about her if this thing has caused more damage, damage we really couldn't afford to fix.
In late June, our neighborhood HOA put on a fun event at the park across the street. Normally, I have no use for the HOA and the management company that controls it, but I will admit that they throw some fun neighborhood get togethers. They do a makeshift pumpkin patch in the fall and then this event in the summer complete with petting zoo, food vendors, face painters, jump houses etc. Ashlyn napped for most of it, but Claire enjoyed the whole thing and it was nice to get out and chat with neighbors we don't always see.
Claire performed in her second dance recital and third stage performance this year (her second one was her appearance as a Froglet in my production of "Honk!" at the middle school). It's crazy to me how comfortable she is with all of this. She has been going to concerts and productions since she was tiny so I guess it's not a huge jump for her to do this, but it's been really fun to watch her go from having to watch every little move her dance teacher was making in order to perform (and still only knowing a little bit of what she was doing. . . but she was so, so cute!) in December to being able to do some of her routine for me at home and then seeing her with confidence on stage in the Spring was pretty cool. I could never dance very well so hoping she gets her interest and talent from other areas of the gene pool.
|Claire's teacher's assistant, Miss Emily
|Claire's teacher, Miss Bethany
|Ashlyn at Dunn Edwards swinging on the counter ledge
|Goofy girl taking a shower.
Our evening consisted of our church's barbeque in the afternoon and then a walk down to the city's fireworks show. The fireworks show seemed to have a little trouble (started 30 min late, couple issues with the fireworks themselves) but for the most part it was a good show and it was nice to have a meal with church family and talk to people I normally don't.
So far, one of my favorite things about summer is this. Here. Every morning, instead of hurrying off to work, I get to have breakfast with my husband and family before he heads off to work. This picture was taken one Sunday before church, but it's one of my favorite summer views most every morning. Blessed party of one over here.