Happy first day of summer, everyone! I mistakenly thought that today was the summer solstice — it was actually last night — so I missed that, but first day of summer? I’m on it. I may even try my hand at making mojitos tonight. Or maybe we’ll just go out for them. There’s a Cuban restaurant two blocks away that I took Jackson to for lunch last week on one of those days where I was hot and bothered and really couldn’t summon the energy to prepare meals for us and clean up, so I took my chances with taking him to a restaurant, which was risky considering the boy doesn’t sit still for more than a few seconds at a time and has been known to throw his food on the floor from time to time (thankfully that is happening much less often these days). Anyway, it went better than I could have hoped for, due in large part to the open-air nature of the place and the location, which is right off a big intersection. I faced the high chair toward the street and Jackson happily watched the traffic go by for 20 minutes while I ate and fed him in peace. Friday evening, all three of us went for dinner and again, it went really well and Drew and I were even able to enjoy a couple mojitos to kick off the weekend. I think we’re going to try making it a family Friday night tradition.
Anyway, I’m posting this rendition of Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong not only because today is the first day of summer, but also because in the last two weeks, Jackson has become a big Ella and Louis fan. Every day, he points to the speakers and says, “Ella! Ella! Louis!” It’s funny because we don’t play them that much, but for whatever reason, they’re what has stuck, at least for the time being.
Happy summer everyone! Have a great weekend. And enjoy the big DW meetups in Chicago and DC!! Send photos!