The morning started with a foggy ride on old country roads. An iced coffee made with mint from a friend and vanilla almond milk. The new Andrew Peterson album our soundtrack for the ride.
We met sweet friends who are also family at Callaham's Orchards for peaches, animals, and a general run in the fresh air.
The boys saw the goats...and Henry made their noises back to them as they examined the animals who thought the toddlers must have food.
A big goat came to examine Henry as he seriously examined him back.
Carter found a rock to try to feed this kid. Luckily, the kid knew better.
Henry smirked at the goats with that Hancock smirk.
The boys ran past a muscadine vineyard to see some deer and geese.
They threw rocks the way little boys do until their lack of aim made the mamas too nervous.
We bought peaches and muscadines that tasted just like Ma and Pa's house. We cut up a peach and a banana and the boys settled on a bench to eat their snack. Fingers sticky with peach juice, feet wet and dirty from the walk in the dewy grass and dirt path, and smiles wide and bright...it was just as it should be.
A little drive and the boys both ran into Andi's arms. Her smile washed over them and there were kisses, giggles, and a picnic lunch in her office.
Then a little field trip to the "bus farm" behind her office. Carter is obsessed with sitting in the driver's seat. Buses have the best steering wheels ever.
Henry tested the springs in the seats while Carter drove us through his imagination.
Samuel cuddled with Aunt Susanna while the big boys played. A lady passed and said, "Babies, babies, babies!" It's our blessing right now.
Henry drove us a little further until it was time for mamas to keep boys awake as to not ruin afternoon naps. The soundtrack went back to Carter's eternal "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" refrain to keep him happy and awake.
At home, they snuggled in and slept well. A morning of adventure, friendship, and learning requires the fuel of a full nap.
After nap, another picnic packed, tiny swimsuits on little bodies, Daddy welcomed with a running hug, and a trip to the pool for dinner with a community of friends. Splashing, supper, and sweet girls passing our boys around like little treasures filled the night until bedtime brought tired boys back to bed to sleep again. A heart full of a simple, perfect day with these treasures I spend my day, my life with.
Summer is almost past. Our first summer with two. The leaves will start giving way, the warmth will began to seep, but the fun...the adventure will just give way to new things. Apple orchards, long walks and playground play dates in the comfortable weather, and football season...it makes it easy to say goodbye when hello is so nice.
I think it will always be this way. Treasuring each season...but knowing that goodbye always means hello.