June 2020

We’re more than halfway through summer (and 2020!)

This summer definitely has moved at a slower pace. There’s been less hustle and rush and I’m not mad about it. Walks around our neighborhood and park visits. Chasing the ice cream truck. Working on our landscaping, the house, and the garden, and decluttering. And shooting a decent amount of outdoor photo sessions.

Of course, everything that’s been happening is against the backdrop of coronavirus so you don’t have to look far to see and feel fear, tension, uncertainty, and disagreement. I found that the best thing to do is try to stay healthy, be considerate and cautious, and focus on our family. Here’s what this past June has looked like for us.

We started out the month with a few relaxing days at my in-laws cabin up north. Unlike previous years, there were no sib-in-laws or cousins. It was definitely a quieter time, but we still all enjoyed getting away from our own house and getting a much needed change of scenery. The kids enjoyed swimming, fishing, boat rides, and playing on the beach, and generally just not being at our house.

The cabin was fabulous, but for the most part, we’ve been staying in our neighborhood, but still having lots of outdoor time. You’d never know from the above photos that I was first and foremost a girl mom before these little boys all showed up!

Our little Archer man is getting huge and is full of personality. He loves rolling around on the floor, getting attention from anyone, lunging at our food,, especially cans of sparkling water.
Also, is it really June if I haven’t posted a peony picture? Two years ago our teeny peony had one bloom. Last year it had three. This year it had LOTS!

As part of my anniversary gift from Joe, he got me some SWEET rollerblades. Did I injure myself the first time I put them on? Of course I did. So I had to take a few weeks off from working out in any way which was a bummer, but I’m back at it and have been practicing cruising around the green space in front of our house in the mornings before the kids get up. (If you live in our neighborhood and see me, I’m not being rude if I don’t wave, I’m just trying not to fall).

With having all the kids and an endless amount of things to do, I try to use every nook and cranny of time!

Lastly, but not leastly, our family was featured in the June issue of Hudson neighbors (with our photos that my friend Tricia took)! Over the past two years I have shot other families for the covers of this local magazine and it was really cool to have our own family in there. The article about us somehow neatly summarized our marriage and family life with some fun details about our day-to-day operations as well as some stories about Joe’s racing endeavors and my photography business. I ordered extra copies so our moms could each have one and our kids could each keep one too because it’s, like, an ideal time capsule item and a cool way to commemorate our 10th wedding anniversary (aside from rollerblades and some new tech toys, we didn’t do much else!)

Well, I’m going to get back to kids, my massive to-do list, and maybe I can even hunt down my missing cup of coffee. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

xoxo,

rachel