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Things I Love (July)

on July 30 | in Things That Make Me Smile | by | with 17 Comments

The Way You Made Me Laugh . . .

Cry, sigh and - ahem – very possibly ovulate was one of the highlights of this month. Maybe you should post adorable squishy baby photos on my Facebook wall to dial up the baby fever a bit more, eh?

Seriously, though, thank you for sharing your stories of beauty and strength. I am in awe of you! Now, if you don’t mind, I’d like to share the little things that made my month sparkle just a bit more.

Things That Made Me Smile In July

  • Transforming a premature fruit harvest known as “Mommy, I shook the tree!” into peaches and cream, peach freezer jam, 6 quarts of pear butter and counting
  • Waiting for the figs to ripen, and trying not to shake the tree myself!
  • Discovering the “Stuff You Missed In History Class” podcast. Because yes, I really **do** need to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart while stargazing myself to sleep at night
  • Impromptu conversations with total strangers about Sandor Katz, Katie’s love of exact change, and what I’m going to do with 10 pounds of cabbage (here’s a hint)
  • These dessert bars, because I love anything with lemon filling
  • Rediscovering an old time-saving trick – easy meatballs in my freezer for a rainy day (or better yet, a sunny day when I’d rather be out playing than cooking!)
  • Losing my Southern Taco Queen crown to my friend, because I got her seasoning recipe instead
  • Finding a pearl in my oyster
  • Real, honest-to-goodness homemade French’s-style mustard for the perfect July cookout (with soaked white bean flour instead of arrowroot)
  • And of course, these moments ♥

 What made you smile in July?

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17 Responses to Things I Love (July)

  1. Amy says:

    Those are beautiful pictures! What made me smile in July? When my 19 month old appeared to be devouring the fresh peas we bought from a farmer’s market in Canada, but instead had stuck them all up her nose!

    • Heather says:

      Bwhahahaha! That is just awesome, Amy! My 22 month old just smiled up at me while nursing and then peed all over me – with his diaper on! Kids keep you on your toes, eh?

  2. Carrie says:

    Finding a pearl in your oyster is considered very good luck. Yay for you! My favorite part of July happens today – fig picking!

  3. Jamie says:

    Getting to introduce my parents to their first grandbaby <3

  4. Yesterday my 7 month old had the hiccups. With each one, he’d start giggling. :)

  5. That is adorable, Nadia Allard! Sometimes when Katie and I are having an “off” day we pull up YouTube videos of babies laughing – it’s impossible to be grumpy after that!

  6. Cassie Powell via FB says:

    When my husband texted me that he was going to get the oil changed in the car after work, so i asked him if he wanted me to lock up the kids. He said, huh?? Ummmm, PICK!!!! I meant pick up the kids!!!!

  7. Lol, Cassie Powell! Was it autocorrect or did you actually say it?

  8. Cassie Powell via FB says:

    It was an autocorrect. Lol…gonna end up on DYAC.

  9. I have one I should submit, too! Great idea, Cassie Powell! In the meantime, please keep the kids free range :)

  10. Joli Hart says:

    July was a good month. I smiled because i got to tell my parents they will soon be grandparents, i had the best solo indian buffet lunch ever, I danced in the rain to blues with my love, among many other things :)

  11. mimi and poppy says:

    These are priceless pictures of the kids. It makes us want to squeeze and kiss them.

  12. caroline says:

    Hi Heather,

    Cute pictures! Also, thanks for posting my lemon bars! My family devoured these :)

    http://www.mygutsy.com/2012/07/07/gaps-lemon-bars/

  13. Monica says:

    I loved seeing my 2 month old become more and more talkative!

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