So did you see (or should I say hear) my newest addition? Yup- I stole the idea and how-to (form a playlist) from Sarah Smylie, Rebecca's ...sister-in-law? I would snoop at her blog occasionally and couldnt' leave once I got there because she had so much great music playing in the background. So hopefully mine will work. If you get the red error message in the playlist, you might just need to hit refresh. Let me know if it works for you. Thankyou Sarah!
The pictures: they look like nothing special, but on Sunday we had to go to Yucaipa, which is about an hour--and 35 degrees-- away, to drop off my dad's jeep and trailer that we had brought the sectional in. Sophia's in jammies and church shoes, and all we had was Ross' blackberry to snap a couple of pictures, but I just had to document the happiness that comes from an hour in 80 degree weather as opposed to the 118 degree evening we'd left behind. To be able to sit outside as a family right now... *sigh*. We just hung out on a grassy hill at the church there, with a true warm, summer night's breeze on our faces, and Ross taught Sophia how to roll down the hill and squeal "weeee". The grass was thick and cushy and there were trees! Trees that create real shade!
I really do love aspects of the desert. But the summer is not one of them. And Yucaipa is not the cure or anything, there are some pretty funky neighborhoods with some extremely tattoo'd motorcyclists riding throughout, (although they were very nice and waved to Sophia.) But I have so much envy for those who live in "real" places, with shade, and sidewalks and grass that grows in unmanicured corners and doesn't need to be replanted twice a year. Even those with neighbors that keep their kiddie pools and trampolines in the front yard.