1. Last week the Olympic women's gymnastics team was picked. When I showed Olivia the picture of the team she grinned. When I said "what?" She said "two of them are brown like me!" When I told her the girl in front (Simone Biles) is actually the best gymnast in the entire world, her eyes got huge... and she grinned even bigger. White parents of brown kiddos, it's important that your kids know that people who look like them can and do succeed in every area of life. (#representationmatters :))
Go Team USA! We're on the Olympic games countdown around here.
2. The recent events with police shootings have been hard on all of us. One of the hardest things about having a spouse in law enforcement is the ever-present awareness that my kids could grow up without a dad... that random police shooting are a real thing. Dan is an amazing dad and it's hard to live in the tension that, one day, unexpectedly, our kids could lose that, forever.
I know there are bad apples in every bunch, but please.... The vast majority of police officers are really good people who willingly choose to put their lives on the line for you and me every day, for minimal thanks or pay, and truly, all they want to do is do their job well and go home safely at the end of the day. Doing this hard work affects their bodies and brains and families, and, in my experience, the effects of this stress can feel like PTSD. I know racism and abuses of power exist, and I am not here to excuse that behavior-- it is absolutely wrong and should be treated as such. But the law enforcement community is so beaten down right now. They are hurting. The great majority of officers do good work, protect and serve their communities with dignity in the fave of trying circumstances. and they do a darn good job of it. If you see an officer while you're out and about, tell them thanks. Drop cookies or a box of joe off at the station you drive by every day. Please support the men & women who do the hard work of protecting all of us. You have my personal gratitude!
3. Last week the kids went to day camp every day from 9-3. Emily was still in town so we went shopping almost every day ... nothing too glamorous, just the old faves Target, Old Navy, etc. It was so much fun. The kids loved camp and were utterly exhausted at the end of the week. Praise the Lord! haha.
4. Will decided he'd like to try tennis, so we've been knocking a ball around on the local courts. It's funny how none of the kids wanted anything to do with tennis until I got out there with a ball, and then they were ALL all about it!
5. Selina left Friday morning. We are going to KC next month to help Dan's parents with settling in and unpacking, and we fly in and out of Laguardia. We plan to snag Selina on our way home so she can spend another week with us! She's a treat to have around, and we are happy to have the opportunity to have her back again.
6. The weather has been great lately... hot and sunny. We've been at the lake almost every day. The kids are at great ages where they can kayak, hike, play, go off the rope swing, etc. for the most part, all independently. It's really nice... I am loving this stage of motherhood!
7. Five weeks of summer left. MAKE IT STOP.