Charlotte reached 17 months this weekend. And sadly, while speaking to a neighbor who inquired how old Maggie is, I realized she turned 3 last Sunday without any celebration from us. Poor puppy.
We had one of my very favorite weekends, a weekend focused on relaxing and having fun with Charlotte. It was another one of those weekends that reminds me of why I love living in Holland. We started Saturday morning with a bike trip to the farmer's market for fresh strawberries, veggies, and my favorite eggs. Charlotte danced to the banjo player and laughed so hard while riding on her daddy's shoulders. Next we stopped at the park where we met a neighbor who is due with her 3rd child two days before us. Charlotte had fun climbing up the tunnel slide and shouting from the inside to hear her loud echo.
In the afternoon Brian and C swam at MVP pool while I took Maggie out to pass out flyers for a summer block party. I am organizing this with one of our neighbors and cross my fingers that some people attend. After 4 years, it is time to get to know our neighbors a little better. I would love for Charlotte to have playmates close by and someone to gossip with on a quiet afternoon.
To end Saturday, we tried out a local babysitter. She was a big hit with Charlotte and somehow, she managed to put her to sleep without her pacifier! I'll have to ask her how. Charlotte took to her right away, showing her each and every one of her stuffed animals. Brian and I took the opportunity for a date night to get some pizza at a local favorite in Saugatuck and people watch during the Waterfront Film Festival.
Sunday started nicely with church and a short, cool, visit to the beach. I tried to stay warm in a beach towel while Charlotte and Brian played in the sand and dipped their toes in the 62 degree water.