We spent the weekend with my family in my hometown and it was one of those perfect end of summer weekends - We were celebrating my niece leaving for UNIVERSITY (oh my word, how do I have a niece heading to University?! I remember rocking this child to sleep!) The highlight had to be sitting around talking with everyone after dinner. I love my big family and my mom always pulls out all the stops - I don't know how she does it sometimes! Never-ending energy!
I was a bit nervous to disrupt the "routine" for June again after the week of being away from home, but she was an all-star - for sure this girl does not nap but we've been lucky to have her sleep through the night on more then one occasion in the past few weeks so I think we're close to hitting a milestone here folks! Also, can I just say that I feel strongly like life should not end when you have a baby? I know it's still early but it's been our goal to try to keep pushing out of our comfort zone even though we're "new parents." When we bought our stroller off of a couple from Kijiji last Spring they looked at us like deer in the headlights and told us quite seriously that "you don't leave the house for four months." It hasn't always been easy or pretty - and there have been melt downs (both June and I) but we've almost reached 3 months and managed to leave the house. That was a bit of a tangent but hello, is it not true that you get SO much advice when you are having a baby, but it's really just about finding your own level of comfort as a family when you start to venture out into the world.
On Sunday we went to the cutest farmer's market in a little town just outside of town. All the produce is just overflowing right now and it made me remember how much I love gardening and growing food; I wished I could have had my own booth. I know it's such a huge job to do that, but it's got me thinking about what I want to do after my year of maternity leave with June Bug is up. Isn't that flower stand down there just the cutest thing? Hard work, but so much reward when you put it all together like that.
As we were driving out of town I remembered why it's so hard to visit my hometown. It never gets easier to leave the place you grew up. It's the landscape, the people, the familiarity - its just that feeling of home that you don't get, even after years of putting down roots elsewhere. But the strangest part of it is, my heart is in two places; when we got back to Ottawa I remembered all the feelings I have about this city that I now call home. This is Juney's hometown now and when I drive around this place and I see all the landmarks that make me feel at home here - all the memories Mike and I have already made together. I think if I've learned one thing about marriage in the past year it's about doing things together; forging our own new path that's ours. So that's what I'm thinking about heading into the Fall - all sorts of thoughts for the first day of September. Holy cow, where did the summer go?!