Oh, wow! Where did July go? It has been a busy, fun month for us, with all that we could ever hope for summer to include. As I am getting ready for the back-to-school professional development next week, I thought I would take a break and update y’all on our adventures!
The Fourth (and Our First Time Hosting Since the Plague!)
When we first got married, we lived on a lake. We spent our time hanging out with two other couples, and on the fourth of July, we always invited them over to watch fireworks on the boat with us.
The problem is that one couple is not in the picture, which is okay, because they have moved to Texas as well and we took a picture of them this year on the fourth!
We found a good anchorage on the bay and grilled up our dinner. Then this interesting-looking barge anchored disconcertingly close to us…
We realized that they would be shooting the fireworks from that barge. We wanted a front row seat, but we didn’t want to be so close that we had to worry about a hole being burned into to top of our boat! We moved back a little bit, and still got to be right underneath the fireworks.
All in all, it was a wonderful evening!
Two days after the fourth, it was time for Iliana and me to take a road trip. Our destination? Camp Blessing Texas!
Ili made a grand entrance, with all the staff cheering for her!
At camp, Ili met Baily, her high school buddy who hung out with her all week, and the two of them went to the cabin to get settled in.
While Ili was away on her adventure, the camp posted daily pictures, so we could follow along!
Days 1 and 2
Days 3 and 4
And then it was time to pick her up! Ili had a great time, and made a lot of friends.
While Iliana was at camp, Rob and I had our own adventure. You see, 20 years ago, on July 7, 2021, this happened:
I decided to begin our celebration with a cake!
Since Rob had the next two days off, we left early in the morning for an adventure in San Antonio. We got permission to park at our Air BNB early, so that we could explore the town on bikes. We started with tacos for lunch…
…And had lots of fun exploring the River Walk!
We then enjoyed our stay in a beautiful apartment in a cute neighborhood on the Riverwalk.
The next day we arrived at home in time for a beautiful sunset!
Iliana Stays Busy!
Once we got home, Iliana realized that she loves spending time at the marina, and she has been exploring the water in her new kayak.
She also has been having fun with black-and-white film photography. Stay tuned for some of her prints, once she finishes her roll of film!
And tonight she joined us on a bike ride to the food park in Clear Lake Shores. We ate at Okies, which, hands-down, has the best Shirley Temples in town! (I’ve introduced Ili to the joy of the Shirley T!)
And yes, Rob rode his penny farthing, but you will have to wait for Ili’s prints to see that!
Back to School
Not long after our return from San Antonio, I had my first meeting regarding our return to school. I am one of the special education department leads starting this year, so I will be helping to lead a training starting on Monday, and from there on it’s back to career-woman-mode for me! I will still update y’all on my adventures and thoughts, but it will probably only be once or twice a month. I will also aim to check in with everyone else’s blogs that frequently as well.
I hope everyone has had a fun, “normal” summer!