Lucille, the fair, and the great outdoors

 

We camp during fair week and it was like her world exploded with outdoor possibility. Between the open spaces, the family dogs and 4-H animals, her cousins, extended family members, and a golf cart, she was bursting to get out of the camper and start each day. So much so, and this is where her and I differ on something very fundamental, she was much too busy to care about meal times. :)

 

Lucille, the fair, and her cousins

 

So fair week for Lucille meant: camping, cousins, and other (outdoor) adventures.

First, cousins:

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I think it’s safe to say these two are buddies ^^. Or Lucille thinks so anyway. ;) She was quite fascinated by her rough and tumble cousin who was actually quite gentle with her and who she could hug and kiss at eye-level. He taught her a lot about courage, outdoor expeditions, and how to eat using kitchen utensils (although she doesn’t quite eat with his reckless abandon and I can’t say I mind- sorry Heath!). :) I loved watching her run and play with Finn and Henry, and am already looking forward to the next time they get to hang out…

 

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The Mays

I recently returned from two very fun and very full weeks in the great state of Indiana. It was the 38th annual (and final) week of my family’s county fair business – selling elephant ears(!). You may remember THIS 2011 post about the tradition if you’ve been around a while. ;)

I have so many great photos to post from these last weeks, but first,

my family – who together make the fair magic happen and who will likely be mortified at my posting this. :)

 

What can I really say about these fine individuals that make up the May family? Other than that they’re quite possibly one of the greatest, most unique, patient, loving, and fun groups of people there ever was. :)

It was a (very) good week at the Jay County fair and I did some reflecting and picture-posting over at The Daily May HERE and HERE if you’re curious about this strange family tradition involving cinnamon roll dough and carnival rides (among other things). ;)

 

 

when my cousin Jenna came for a visit

 

This was many weeks ago, I’m sad to say. Although as luck would have it, I’ll be seeing her again (this time in Indiana) – tomorrow! :)

It was her first visit to Pasadena, and the first time I’d been able to spend a good amount of time with her in (too many) years. We grew up minutes apart and spent much of our childhood carving out imaginary worlds – indoors and out – since she graciously indulged my active imagination. ;) As we grew older, conversations and time together became a little more serious – more about life and faith and future hopes. These conversations sometimes happened on country roads lying under the stars, and sometimes happened over weekly lunch dates in college. She was family, yes, but she’s always been a good friend. For as long as I can remember.

Thanks for making the trip, Jenna! Now if only we could reinstate those lunch dates… ;)

 

 

 

 

Playing at City Hall

City Hall shows up quite often on this blog. :) A block away and with plenty of steps, fountains, and pools of water, it’s no wonder. Lucille loves it.

On this particular day, Lucille in all her brave glory pushed right off the edge and into the 1 foot deep water. She tried her level best to squirm out of my grip and go for a swim, but we’re still working on her doggie paddle (also she was in clothes and there were other people nearby). ;) I actually think it was the little girl to her right (who she’s looking at in two of the photos above) that she was trying to impress. :)

 

 

on graduating and blogging about things other than being busy

 

There’s a lot I’d love to be able to catch up with on Sits and Swings… from the past several months. It’s been crickets over here, and I’ve missed it. I read back through some old posts last night and realized I spent a lot of time lamenting about how busy I was (sorry about that). But that’s no longer the case, mostly because this happened:

I was completely lost the week after graduating. It was the strangest thing, having nothing to do really, and most mornings I woke with a start, panicked over what reading I needed to get done, papers, paperwork, etc. Ha! I love being a graduate.

I vow to no longer blog about how busy I am and how I’ll get back to posting later, etc. etc.  :)