This summer was nothing short of amazing. We got to do some traveling and indulged in Evie’s love for science. Her birthday kicked off summer vacation and two days in she flew to California to spend some time with my parents traveling in their VW weekender. They stopped in Yosemite, La Brea Tar Pits, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Santa Cruz, the Jelly Belly Factory and the Rosie Riveter Museum where she got to meet real riveters. This was all before hopping on another plane to meet up with us in Hawaii for a corporate event Rich was hired to photograph.  Through earning her own money through her craft business Phat Pony she was able to experience a life long dream of swimming with dolphins. After the gig was done we trecked around the Big Island, snorkeling with sea turtles, climbing volcanoes and waterfalls, seeing some planets and stars from the observatory and a very very long flight back to Boston. We spent the rest of the summer collecting backpacks for The Wish Project, helping the humane society create a baby animal calendar and making a plan for her upcoming fall Phat Pony booth. She’s going to be raising money so she can go to the STEM afterschool program at Girls Inc. Our mother daughter date we spent the day at the Boston Museum of Science and witnesses the amazing eclipse at the EcoTarieum.  

Right now she’s big on science. We probably watched every episode ever of Bill Nye the Science Guy twice. Her first day of school outfit is inspired by him and in our house refers to him by first name.  She insisted on a bow tie and lab coat. The glasses to make her more ‘sciencey’. We were in the fabric store and came across the most perfect science girl fabric and just HAD to make a twirly skirt out of it. 

I worked so much when she was little little, I’m grateful to take a little step back this summer and spend some quality time together. However, I think we are all ready to get back to a  structured routine. Last year I was a sobbing mess, however, I’m looking forward to wrapping up some loose projects and prepare for the crazy fall is for the studio. Evie, on the other hand, wishes it was summer forever. She was very anxious about starting today. More about being away from us than anything. She has her BFFs from last year in her class and I know she is going to have a blast. I can’t wait to hear about it when she gets home this afternoon. 

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