I wish I had pictures to go along with these event descriptions but I am lazy so words will have to do.
What a busy month this has been! The summer in general is filled with a lot of family time, starting in May. Birthdays fill the summer months (2 in May, 1 in June, 2 in July and 1 on August) and add in other family events and it has been a full and busy summer.
This month, the celebrations got started back on the 10th when we gathered at my parents alma mater to watch my mom earn her "Block C" athletic letter at Chico State. My mom was a swimmer during her college days but because this was pre-Title IV, she wasn't able to earn her letter or be considered a true collegiate athlete. For shame! This event was a long time in the making and I am so glad that we were able to be there to witness it. Remember at the end of "A League of Their Own" when the women get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame? This event reminded me of that scene. It was so moving, emotional and celebratory. About 100 women attended and were overjoyed to finally hold in their hands their Block C letter. The oldest women in attendance played sports in the 40's! Tears flowed!
The next day, our families met at our house to celebrate my birthday over pizza and cake, my two favorite things. They spoiled me with presents and of course, a lot of laughter. I always feel so blessed to have such amazing people to call family.
This past Saturday signaled the end of family events for the summer with my dad's retirement party. Family and his close friends/co-workers gathered at his house for a wonderful late afternoon luncheon. We ordered food from his favorite BBQ restaurant and enjoyed the strangely mild weather by eating outside and allowing old and new friends to catch up. I even created a quiz about my dad that everyone really embraced-with a group of mostly current and former educators, they all seemed to enjoy it! I'm working on a project from the day that I will share with you soon.
And just like that, the summer of family came to an end! Luckily, fall and winter are right around the corner and a new season of gatherings begins. Chris' family has birthdays every month through February, Halloween calls for a trip to the pumpkin patch and I'm very excited about a family wedding in mid-October!
The Dog Days of Summer might be coming to an end but there is no rest for the weary! Bring it, Fall!