It’s July and depending on who you are, this means that we’re either halfway through the year or more than halfway through the year. As an educator, I always view July as pretty much the end of summer because school and professional development sessions officially start up next month. It’s crazy how fast summer has flown by.
This month was packed with family time, which we both thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve gotten to see our nephew a few times, our baby cousin from Virginia, our parents, and other family members, which has made for a very full month and schedule. However, we’re not complaining because as family-oriented folks, being around family is something we both look forward to.
We also went to The White House!! It’s been on our bucket list for a little while now to go and after 3-4 times of trying, we finally got approved for the dates we selected! It was a very cool experience and something we could see ourselves doing again with a larger group of family members.
I haven’t been updating our newsletter and Instagram as much. With Instagram, I am somewhat over it, but I know it’s something we should have. It’s weird. The aspects I feel I enjoyed about Instagram and by extension social media have kind of gotten stifled by our lack of reach on most of our posts. It’s been a real demotivator honestly. Still holding out hope for a photo-sharing alternative in the future!
Enough of my rambling, however, here are some of the things we’ve loved this month!
So, I stopped reading The Handmaid’s Tale because I was finding it to be a bit too heavy for me right now. I might pick it up to start it again later, but I found myself wanting to read more light-hearted texts which led me to “American Royals” (which expired on Libby before I could finish reading it on my Kindle) only to end up currently reading “One of Us is Lying.” So far so good. Whew, that was a run-on.
Still on our NPR kick, but our car has consisted of me playing Speak Now TV over and over, again. My husband is quite a fan of the vault track “I Can See You” and has grown to really like most of the songs that he didn’t care for before.
As I’m writing this (not as it’s being published though), Han’s next to me and we’re watching this show called “How to Start a Cult” on Netflix. Not that we have any plans to do so, but as people who listened to the Cults podcast a few times, it is interesting seeing how some of these came to be.
Seeing Blue dance with her mom, Beyonce on stage is the sweetest thing. I get a little teary seeing them perform together and seeing how the crowd is always so supportive of her. Also, my TikTok feed is full of concert videos from the show and I’m not mad at it at all.
I don’t have a Ninja Creami, but this video makes me want to get one.
I love their house and still think she would make a killing selling interior design services.
Nantucket is still on our bucket list of places to visit one day, but until then, I’ve been enjoying Carly’s Nantucket posts.
The Hamptons is another place we’d love to visit one day. If we ever do make it there, I’ll have to bookmark this post.
These black-owned BBQ spots are places we’ll have to save for any future trips down south to Charleston.
This is another content creator whose house we love. I especially enjoyed seeing the way they decorated their kitchen. It looks so classy, classic, and yet cozy as well. Definitely might have to replicate this one day – especially since our counters are similar.
Another Nantucket post that makes it look like such a relaxing place. I loved the recs!
- Family Time: My baby (not a baby anymore, but she’s always be baby girl) cousin was in town, so we spent quite a bit of time with her, which was nice. It’s always really nice getting to see her.
- Family Time x2: A couple of times during her visit, my nephew also spent the night at my parent’s house! It was so sweet seeing them interact together and how much fun we all had. We went to Dave and Buster’s and then went bowling the following weekend.
- The White House: How pretty is this arrangement at The White House?
- We Did It, Joe!: We’re both cheesing pretty hard because we finally made it. Here’s to hoping it’s not our last time visiting the historical home.
- Walks: When the air quality is absolute crap, we’ve been trying to get outside more. Han and I went on a short walk to see a local waterfall, which was cool.
- Grilled Cheese Me, Please: Han still talks about this grilled cheese sandwich we had in DC because we were hot, hungry and because it was the closest food establishment we didn’t have to dine inside of near The White House.