Then I flipped through the pictures in my phone and realized I was full of malarkey.
The start of summer had us bidding farewell to a dear friend:
|Forget Harvard. Barbara Vick Preschool is where it's at.|
Then we said hello to Band Camp (or as I told my husband, Boxing Camp):
We attended our favorite summer charity outing, Play for Maeve, which benefits pediatric brain tumor research and awareness:
I met a Transformer:
Miniature Friend also succeeded in finally getting me in for a real haircut at a place that costs more than $8 a trim. Julianne at George the Salon did an amazing job and I fear my days of cheapie cuts are officially OVAH.
|I would have married Julianne after this cut. But then we'd be Marianne & Julianne, and that's just plain awkward.|
|I feel pretty, oh so pretty....|
|Joe at our romantic getaway in Geneva, Illinois sporting my free Peapod shirt I scored at BlogHer.|
|We rocked the night out at some random bar where Jenny McCarthy's BFF was dancing 90's style.|
|Head. Hurt. Bad.|
|Our quiet return to the neighborhood.|
|Our welcome home committee & toilet paper vandals.|
And trips to the beach:
We road-tripped to Milwaukee. Twice.
|Look carefully and you can spot Joe & two of the boys. I almost threw up taking this pic.|
|Joe & pals at Milwaukee Summerfest proving he has a chin (which never photographs well in pictures)|
We did another fundraiser, this time benefiting the Gold Badge Society where the Chicago Fire Department got destroyed by the Chicago Police Department. Local legend and neighborhood guy Herbie Johnson was an honoree:
Fed up with the kids focusing too much on their gadgets, I evicted them to play outside. Gadgets, it seems, can attract kids faster than Freeze Pops:
Joe and I also realized we are morphing into each other at a Listen to Your Mother reunion dinner in Naperville:
|Photo credit: Lou Lohman|
My 40th birthday festivities continued for most of August, and an old high school pal surprised the bajeezus out of me:
|Me & Red|
It took almost the entire summer, but Joey finally succeeded in passing the deep-end test at Kennedy Pool with his two brothers cheering him on:
Sadly, school vaccinations were soon to follow:
|This would be the "before" picture.|
|Happiest damn blood donor EVER.|
What's funny is up until I reviewed my summer pics, I really didn't think we had done that much.
Maybe low hemoglobin makes you forgetful.
So if I accidentally tell anyone that I'm still in my 30s, please have patience.
And buy me a hamburger.