I took my little boy to the pool this weekend for one more day in the sun before he officially starts preschool. It was a great day with mild temps and a small crowd, and when it was about time to go home, Kaden asked me, “Mom is today a special occasion?” I knew exactly what he was getting at. We try to sneak in healthy snacks to the pool whenever possible to avoid the concession stand, but we’ve always had this thing where if it’s a a special occasion, we stand in line to get our favorite snack: a soft pretzel with cheese.
“Yeah, buddy. Today is a special occasion,” I told him, knowing it’d be quite some time before we’d be able to leisurely spend a sunny afternoon by the water. And I sure have enjoyed those afternoons with him immensely.
When we came come, we all smelled like chlorine and suntan lotion, which just might be my favorite smell in the whole world. It hardly seems possible that last week, we were lounging poolside and this week, the deck chairs and inner tubes are stacked, and the lifeguards are all back in school.
Today, my little guy started school. Surreal, I tell you. I’m not quite ready for summer to be over.
But, instead of lamenting over the fact that summer is over and school has begun, I wanted to celebrate summer today with a few photos I took on maybe the hottest 4th of July I can remember. Because, you know, it really was a great summer. For the first time, we spent the morning at the Webster Groves 4th of July Parade with some very gracious friends with some very very good seats. And we’re hoping this will be become a new tradition for us.
My husband. he’s quite the handsome man, if I do say so myself.
From what we’ve been told, it’s tradition that this man sings the national anthem at the beginning of the parade each year. I couldn’t let him walk back to his seat before shooting a quick portrait of him after his memorable performance.
All photos shot on Fuji 400H