***We finally crossed over "Daddy's bridge."
Ray doesn't have an easily explained job, like a firefighter or teacher. And while the girls understand, I think, that he works in construction, Lola really latched onto this local project, a cycling/pedestrian bridge that Ray helped inspect a couple of years back.
She's been begging us to go over it ever since but we never did seem to get around to it.
Until this summer.
***We had pancakes for dinner. More often than I'd care to admit, ha.
But we had fun with it.
***Lola finished her first real big-girl chapter book!
It took us two months but she did it! And she learned some history along the way.
***We went to the lake.
***Lola learned to rollerblade.
***We "hunted" for frogs, Lola favorite pastime.
Fortunately, this one took up residence inside one of our calla lily planters so we never had to really look all that hard.
***On those rare days when Ray got off early, we painted our feet and left trails of tiny footprints throughout the house so he'd have to follow the trail to find us.
***We visited parks.
***We learned about medical care. (I sprained my ankle at tennis.)
***We played Play-dough, Millie's favorite pastime.
***We played with our felt boards.
***We searched for a "Lola" everywhere. And failed.
But I told Lola that her name was kind of like mine, that when I was growing up no one ever had my name on anything. And we wouldn't find her name on a Coke bottle any sooner than we would find mine because it just isn't that common.
And then, one terrible day, she saw this:
(And if anyone finds one, I'll cover the shipping costs!)
***We had parenting fails.
***We had fun.
So much fun.