A photo of our first harvest! A tomato and a giant pile of swiss chard.
(Our dinner last night!) It sure is wonderful to eat what we've grown ourselves.
Fazal after helping in the garden. You can see all the mud on him! He works sooo hard all the time and takes it very seriously.
On koko's lap
With her wonderful cousin Bella who visited from Rhode Island!
Fazal's favorite things this summer: lawnmowers (called "ma-moe") and swimming pools. He is very active from sun up to sun down. He loves swimming now and is very comfortable in the water. But if no pool is available, he's also happy with a hose, a faucet, or even just some rain! But when he wakes up in the morning, his first request is a ride on the "ma-moe"!
Jafred, Tesina, Christina, and cousin Alyssa visiting from Texas
Uncle Jonatan visited from Chicago - he was a bridge for Fazal to go under...
And Uncle Steve from Texas was the other end of the bridge!! It was really wonderful to get to spend time with these relatives again, who we see on average about once a year. It was also good for Faz and Tes to get to know them.
At the house where we stayed, there was this cool spiral staircase going up to the roof. From up top, we could see the water on a few sides and even fireworks on July 4th. (I admit I was so tired by the time they started I watched them from the couch inside the house :-) but others went up.) Fazal didn't really get that it was so different, and I worried a lot while going up and down.
Thank you Patty and Jonathan for sending Fazal, some time ago, a box of pretty cool-cat clothes. When I showed him the chickens and eggs on the red shirt (which maybe you made Patty?) he would not take it off. Everytime he heard the chickens cluck next door, he'd proudly point to his shirt :-) Can you take it? CAN YOU TAKE IT?!