Oh July, you passed by far too quickly and now it’s hitting me that the year will be over before we know it. I mean, we started up homeschooling this week and Halloween and Christmas décor is already out in the stores. Speaking of which, I am already way behind in my Christmas shopping (I usually start in Spring or early Summer).
Let’s take a few minutes to look back at my whirlwind July. As always it’s in good-old infographic style and as always, I’ll be linking up with Deena from Shoes to Shiraz for her month in numbers series.
2* big reasons to celebrate
Well, of course all my fellow Americans know the biggest celebration that happens in July is Independence Day. We had a fun day of parade watching, friends, swimming, barbequing, and watching a spectacular fireworks show. My baby sister also got married in July and everything turned out really wonderfully. I pretty much had nothing to do with any of it, so I guess the secret is out that if you want a beautiful and successful shindig… leave me out of it, lol. The reason there’s an asterisk after the two is because we also may have celebrated Harry Potter’s birthday. We might have watched one of the films in honor of him. And we might have had a birthday cake. That said “Happee Birthdae Harry” on it. Maybe.
8 trips around the lake
My husband really wants to get a boat (we’re looking!) but until then we have to rely on friends who are willing to take us out. We were able to take out kids out on our community lake and they all had a great time knee boarding and jumping in the lake when we’d stop. They could have gone for several more rounds if mean old mom hadn’t cut them off because of impending bedtime.
1286 miles driven
Honestly, you’d think that I love going on long road trips or something. But when I realized I wouldn’t be able to make my sister’s open house in Utah because we had previous obligations that weekend, I decided to make the drive out with my mom, other sister, and my little man to attend the bachelorette party. It was a super quick trip (we drove about 20 hours to be there for about 36 hours) but it was fun. The party was cute, my son was able to play with his cousins, I was able to see family and friends, and I got to meet a blogging friend in real life. Shani from Sunshine and Munchkins was pretty much as awesome as I thought she would be. If you have the chance to meet online friends in real life, take it. You know, as long as you’re safe about it. Like, make sure it’s daytime and you meet in a public area… wink wink.
3 shopping trips from Hell
Okay, that might be an exaggeration but it got your attention, didn’t it?? I have had three different shopping trips this month where I have declared “That’s it! I’m not taking all four kids shopping with me anymore!” And then what do I do? I take them shopping with me again. Oy vey. I really need to get on the ball and start using one of those online ordering services, where all you have to do is go and pick it up, or even the ones where they deliver it for you. What’s your favorite one??
31 days with temps above 90°
Yep, every single day in July had temperatures above 90°. Which might now seem like that big of a deal but half of those were actually above 95°, and about 6 saw triple digits. And we had a stretch where it wasn’t cooling off to lower than mid-70’s at night time so I’m kind of over this heat right now. If we could just enjoy about 80° all Summer long I think that would be ideal.
14 links in our Year of Color link party
For those of you that don’t know, I’ve been co-hosting a link up party every month called Year of Color. Each month there is a different color prompt but you can really take it in any direction you want. For example, in July the color was red and we had recipes, makeup, fashion, diy tutorials, and a home décor roundup. I think it’s a really fun way to kind of stretch and try something a little different! I love seeing all the different directions that people take the prompts in. For August the color prompt is neon and we’d love to have you join us!
lots of free chicken
As is family tradition, we attended Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A. We’ve been going for the past six years and we have a lot of fun with it. And for a family of our size it is totally worth it to dress up a little bit for some delicious free chicken! If you’re not familiar with this holiday and you have a location near you then I highly recommend you Google it and start planning for next year!