As promised, I’m continuing with the “What I’ve Been Up To” posts, and this one’s for June. It was a fun month getting settled into our new home, starting new jobs, and enjoying summer activities.
Garrison played t-ball for the first time. It was all sorts of cute. He loved going to his weekly practices and games, and we enjoyed cheering for him. His college-aged coaches were perfect for his age group, and they focused on fun. He did learn a lot about the game, and by the end of the short season, our lefty could hit off a pitch.
Nathan started his new job in June, and I transitioned to being a stay-at-home mom. The boys and I had lots of adventures–tree climbing, park playing, swimming, going to the library, you name it! But at the end of the day, I was exhausted. Staying at home is hard work! Don’t think otherwise. Fulfilling, yes. Challenging, yes. It played a large part in why I took a break from blogging. I was physically and mentally tired at the end of the day. But thankful. Very thankful to spend time with my fast-growing little guys.
So I’ve mentioned before that Nathan’s an agronomist, which means he takes care of crops (like corn and soybeans) and helps farmers make decisions that affect growing and harvesting and how they care for their land. On his second day on the job, a major hail and wind storm went through our area (June was a crazy severe weather month, actually), and he was out in the country as it was blowing in. He snapped a few photos before running to the truck and driving home. He made it home safely–just before the sky turned green, a sure sign of hail. We fared ok in town and our 40 acres had minimal damage, but the corn and soybeans in many fields were shredded completely from hail. The sides of many houses were hit so hard there was no siding left! No leaves were left on trees, and it was so completely eerie. Many farmers had to replant their crops, and many people spent the summer repairing their houses and businesses. Severe weather is serious stuff!
We didn’t plant a garden in our yard this year. The space we plan to use in the future needs to be cleaned out; there’s a lot of uncared for plants and shrubs in the area. But, Nathan’s sister let us use some space in her yard, and it turned out to be a really fun project. We were able to talk with her and husband frequently, and the boys played with their cousins. Ruby even joined us a couple of times, and she loved riding in the truck. She wasn’t much help, but when she’s around, it’s always entertaining. We spent the month planting seeds and baby plants and taking care of them.
Nathan and I managed to sneak away for a fun date night: Color Fun Fest 5k. With the move and everything else, we didn’t do much running leading up to the race. We were a bit worried how we’d do in the heat, but after we got started, it didn’t cross our minds. We had so much fun! And of course the post-race burgers and beverages (beer and margaritas!) were worth it. If you’ve never done a color run, I’d highly recommend it. A total blast!
Many nights in June we’d go for rides in the new truck (to see why we bought a truck, read this post) to check out the crops, watch the sun set, and spend time together as a family. As I shared, our 40-acre field had minimal damage from the hail and wind storm, and the photo below is our corn. I just love it. It’s so Nebraska.
That was June!