Outdoor Summer Fun… Rain or Shine!

Outdoor Summer Fun... Rain or Shine!

In Upstate South Carolina, it’s been raining to beat the band. We’ve watched a lot of Netflix and played a lot of Minecraft and Pokemon games, but we’ve also managed to squeeze in some outdoor summer fun during the (few and far between) dry spells. The girls have had a wonderful time playing with a big box of chalk (48 colors!) that I picked up on a whim. Best $8 I’ve ever spent!

For the Fourth of July, we had a midday barbecue at my mother’s house, so we could visit with my little niece and nephew, who were in town for the holiday. Cheeseburgers, pasta salad and a big ol’ cookie cake = one awesome holiday celebration!

Outdoor Summer Fun... Rain or Shine!

When we got home, Lakin and Addah drew big American flags and brilliant fireworks on our front patio. David ducked out between rain showers and grilled chicken for us… so delicious! He’s thrilled to have a grill again, courtesy of my papa and stepmother. Grilling is definitely his idea of perfect outdoor summer fun. He’s still getting used to the charcoal grill, after having a gas grill for years, but I think he’s adapted wonderfully. To be honest, I’m thinking I might ask him to grill dinner every night between now and October!

Outdoor Summer Fun... Rain or Shine!

We tried to catch the downtown Greenville fireworks, which were launched in spite of the downpour, but we only managed to catch the tail end. Personal fireworks aren’t technically allowed in our neck of the woods, but that didn’t stop our brave neighbors from lighting up the night (all night) with Roman candles and bottle rockets!

The entire weekend was a rainy mess, but it finally dried up for a full 24 hours yesterday — and the girls couldn’t wait to get out of the house! They enlisted the help of their buddy upstairs and decorated the entire front walkway and part of the parking lot with chalk drawings.

The only downside to the girls spending so much time outside is that the bugs and mosquitoes are everywhere! I don’t deal well with constant itching bites, and our natural bug spray only works for so long, so I spent a good bit of my “outdoor summer fun time” inside, in the air conditioning, knitting a pair of socks for David. Hey, different strokes for different folks! 

I like to think that our childless neighbors appreciate the bright colors and whimsy of Pokemon and stick figure children dancing on the asphalt. If not, they won’t have long to wait before the chalk is all washed away — it’s supposed to rain again tomorrow!

Outdoor Summer Fun... Pokemon Chalk Drawings!
If you look closely, you’ll see Lakin wearing the t-shirt she tie-dyed last year!

What kind of outdoor summer fun are you enjoying?

Outdoor Summer Fun... Rain or Shine!

Love from Friends on Clara’s First Birthday #loveforclara

Love from Friends on Clara's First Birthday #loveforclara

This past Monday, July 1, would have been our youngest daughter Clara’s first birthday. She was stillborn at 42 weeks 3 days gestation, and we found out she had died when we went to the hospital to give birth to her.

It has been a difficult year for my husband and I, and we have been dreading this day. A day that should have been filled with happy birthday songs for my smiling baby girl was instead destined to be a terrible string of memories and wishes of what can never be.

Clara's First Birthday - Love from Friends #loveforclara

The day started out very hard, with David and I reliving every second of what was happening at this exact time last year. Things began to get better after I got online to find dozens of Facebook notifications and email messages. I am lucky to have a wonderful group of supportive friends who remembered us and organized “Clara Day”, in memory of our sweet girl.

Clara's First Birthday - Love from Friends #loveforclara

Balloons were released, candles lit, trees and flowers planted, memories made… all in honor of Clara Edith Webb. It makes my heart sing to feel so much love from friends I’ve never met face to face. I read so many caring messages and saved so many pictures, and every one of them lifted my spirits and made me feel so much better. I called David over to share them with him, and we cried together — sad tears for the loss of our baby, but happy tears for the love and light that we could feel from our friends.

Clara's First Birthday - Love from Friends #loveforclara

Thank you to each one of you who read Clara’s story and remembered her by sending in her name or celebrating with us on Monday. I wish (so much) that she were here to celebrate her first birthday with us, but that cannot be, and I am honored that she is being remembered so wonderfully.

Clara's First Birthday - Love from Friends #loveforclara

Launching Scouting Into The 21st Century

Last year, my husband David was asked to design a new Boy Scout patch and logo for North Carolina’s Cherokee Scout Reservation Summer Camp 2013 program. The slogan that they chose is “Launching Scouting Into The 21st Century” – very appropriate, I think, considering the recent vote to allow gay youth to participate in Boy Scouts.

The camp director (who also happens to be my little brother, Colin) brought us the completed t-shirts and complimentary Scout patches last week, and they look amazing!

Launching Scouting Into The 21st Century - CSR Boy Scout Patch by Graphite Web

Boy Scout Camp started this week, and Colin tells us that it’s quite the sight to see… every child in camp wearing David’s awesome logo on their t-shirt. Even better, once camp has ended, each child will receive a patch that will permanently go on their uniform… how cool is that?!

Launching Scouting Into The 21st Century - CSR Boy Scout Patch by Graphite Web

I’m so proud of my talented husband!

I’m linking up several places for Wordful/Wordless Wednesday…

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Together Again for Memorial Day

Together Again for Memorial Day BBQ

My family is {almost} all together again, and it is shaping up to be a very busy week. The first day of every month is difficult for David and I, as we are reminded that another month has ticked by since we have seen our baby girl, so busy is most welcome.

We spent our Memorial Day weekend swimming and eating barbecue chicken at my mom’s house with my sister and her little ones. The littles live with their dad in Louisiana, so it’s always a special occasion when they come to town. My niece Cori is 3.5 and the funniest kid I know. She has a huge personality and conversations with her never fail to make me laugh. Her little brother Avery will be 2 in just a couple of weeks and he loves to tell us all of the letters and colors he knows. Such a smart and handsome little man!

Together Again for Memorial Day BBQ

 

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Clara’s Name Project #WW

This month, David and I participated in a Mother’s Day Name Project, creating the names of babies who have died through miscarriage, pregnancy loss and stillbirth, and infant loss. You can view those special images in last week’s Wordless/Wordful Wednesday post, or on the blog’s Facebook page. If you have experienced pregnancy or infant loss, and would like us to create your child’s name, please fill out our Google form. It would be our honor, truly.

This week, I am sharing the wonderful images that I have received of Clara’s name. Each image is so special, and each time a new one pops up in my inbox, I call David and the girls over to show them the latest beautiful name drawing or photograph. We are so touched by this project, and have had many friends and family members join in and send us their version of Clara’s name as well.

If you would like to participate in writing or drawing or photographing Clara’s name for our family, we would absolutely love and appreciate it. I would like to collect as many as possible before her 1st birthday on July 1st. There’s something special that I just can’t explain in each image… I really love seeing her name written in so many different ways and places by so many loving people.

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