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Oh, hey August

August 1, 2014

Damn—when did August get here?!?  We have less than three weeks before school starts.  Time to start working on syllabi and assignments—ugh.  How is it possible that every year, summer goes by more and more quickly?!?

When last we spoke (you know what I mean), we were wrapping up our Oregon trip.  On our last full day, Ryan and I did an amazing hike up to the top of Paulina Peak, which overlooks Lake Paulina:


Beautiful! And definitely a hike that we were happy to do without a toddler, haha.  We love hiking with Lila, but not all hikes are two-year old-friendly.

And then…it was time to travel home.  This involved a three hour drive to Portland…a four hour flight to Dallas…and a 1.5 hour flight to Huntsville.  Oregon, I love you but you are officially too far away.

Lila did great, but was seriously BEAT by the final flight:

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Now that we’re back in Huntsville, we’re doing our best to enjoy these last sweet days of summer before they slip away.  We’ve been hiking up on Monte Sano:

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It ain’t Paulina Peak, but it’s only five minutes from our house. Winking smile 

We’ve met up with friends for some pre-semester drinking:

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Totally necessary. 

Yesterday, we headed to our favorite Huntsville farmers’ market—the Greene Street Market.  Lila snacked on cherry tomatoes as we browsed:

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Can I just say that we’ve turned some sort of corner in terms of toddler eating?  This week, at least?  She’s been eating like a champ—all sorts of fruits and veggies.  I guess even picky toddlers aren’t immune to the appeal of summer produce. Smile 

After loading up at the market, we walked down to Big Spring park and watched the fish and fed the ducks:

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…and then finally headed home for a farmer’s market dinner.  We had something else planned, but couldn’t resist digging into all our new goods right away:


That salad is topped with farmers’ market cherry tomatoes and some raw gouda that I bought as well.  The hummus (from The Hummus People) was masala garlic-flavored, and was SO good.

Finished it all off with a farmer’s market double-chocolate cookie.  Oh summer…please don’t go!!! Smile

Hope you have a great Friday!  Happy weekend!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2014 3:42 pm

    So, Atlanta is closer than Oregon. Just sayin’

  2. itzyskitchen permalink
    August 1, 2014 4:40 pm

    That is a longggggggg set of flights with a two year old. High five to you and the husband. I’m never ready for summer to be over

  3. ginger635 permalink
    August 1, 2014 10:30 pm

    Yes, and it was 68 in Shreveport today! What’s going on??? That Farmers’ Market dinner looks delicious! We’ve gone this summer to a smaller, neighborhood farmers’ market. So good and lots of fun. I’m with you – wish summer were twice as long!

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