This is a super fun, light-hearted (or not) list of things I learned in July. I’ve loved reading Emily Freeman’s wrap up of each month this way and promised myself that I would join in for July. We got back from a little road trip yesterday and so that may affect some of my items, with road tripping and travel being on my brain.
Here’s what I learned in July, in no particular order.
1. I am a coffee snob. I love a good cup of coffee, I geek out over independent coffee shops and I share this love with my husband. And, to the chagrin and amusement of some people, my daughters also love coffee. They pretend to make lattes and look disappointed when they just get orange juice when eating breakfast out.
2. I like magazines. If they involve Kate Middleton and food. I have checked out multiple copies of Bon Appetit from our library and even used it to plan our recent trip to Montreal- they had a listing of must-try coffee shops and bakeries. And their recommendations are very good. I enjoyed a special edition of Princess Kate that my husband bought for me far more then I have enjoyed magazines previously. Clearly, they just need to be on the right topics.
3. Pizza makes the perfect picnic supper. Twice this month, we have taken pizza from the oven and out to the local reservoir and botanical gardens for an impromptu picnic supper. And they have been exactly what one hopes for a July evening.
4. I like the accessibility of my iPhone camera but I prefer my big camera. I love capturing little videos and moments with the iPhone but really fell (back) in love with the DSLR this month.
5. I am super grateful for my little family. My husband and our two little girls make my life happy and I am very glad for the life we share together.
6. Swimming lessons are a fantastic investment. The confidence my little girl gained after two weeks is incredible, the time I had to just sit and hang out with my littlest was lovely and the chats I had with the other swim mom were exactly what I needed.
7. Books from my childhood are still good. This month I read Matilda by Roald Dahl, Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren and I’m currently reading The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett.
8. Montreal is the best place to people watch and pick up style cues. And eat. And walk the streets. And crane one’s neck at the gorgeous buildings. And eat. And drink. I really love that city.
9. Everything takes time. Training children to listen, pursuing a career in one of the hardest vocations, re-designing a blog, building relationships. It all takes time and the journey is a worth-while part of the process.
10. Berries are best eaten as is. I love pies and jams and ice-cream sundaes but eating fresh wild blueberries and strawberries are one of summer’s greatest pleasures.
And that’s some things I learned this month! What did you learn? Any surprises, any new reading material or adventures or truths about yourself? Share in the comments and then read more (if you like) over at the link up at Chatting at the Sky! =)