To Love / Summer with Bailey

 

     Sunshine. Pure sunshine. For some reason, that's one of the first words that pops into my head when thinking of Bailey. It could be her hair, but I think it has more to do with how her face lights up at the prospect of something new and exciting. This happens often, but it's a constant in these crazy, lazy, hazy days of summer. 

      Summer with Bailey is many things, both good and not as good. Excessive heat and relentless sunshine don't bring out the best in most people, myself included, but especially not a toddler who just wants to play outside, and doesn't really grasp why she can't. It's hard not understanding, so I let her go and see why playing outside isn't really an option. Less than 5 minutes outside in 90 degree heat shows her my reasoning.

       All this is to say that even in the depressing aspects of a season, there's an opportunity for learning. That yes, life isn't always easy, but those hard things mean just as much as the simple things we enjoy. One of our favorite "simple things" to do is pick dandelions, and you would be correct in guessing that we choose the ones in their puff ball state. Why would you pick a little flower over something you can blow into mama's face? It's her happiness in this little activity, and all of the other small ones, that made me fall in love with this summer. 

      Bailey in the summer is wild, free, raucous at times, sweet as the strawberries she picks, and observant of all of the life that's sprung up around her from spring. It's quite the event watching her have her own experiences. From registering the first unforgiving summer storm that she's ever seen roll in, to staring with curiosity at the tiny glimpses of light that are magically emitted from seemingly ordinary bugs, there is much to ogle at in the summer. 

       I'm not sure what fall will bring (although I could give it a few guesses), but I know it will include new experiences for my little one. It's well known that they don't stay little for long, which is the purpose of this documentation. However, the one constant and comfort is that the newness will never fade. 

      Thanks for reading my little ode to the summer of Bailey. Have a fun Thursday + weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday with one of my favorite subjects: shoes!

All photos by auntie Kristen Williams.

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Visiting one of my favorite places as a child in Arkansas.

Visiting one of my favorite places as a child in Arkansas.

         Welcome to What a Fun Day! I'm Samantha and I am the creator/owner/manager of What a Fun Day. This blog is focused on living a happy, full and special lifestyle. On the blog I'll cover many topics but mostly focus on DIY projects, simple style, delicious recipes, and the general musings of my everyday life with my love, Brett, and our daughter Bailey. 
    Our beautiful girl is closing in on 2 years old, so our life with her is never boring. While I dedicate a lot of my time to her, there's always time for making things, cooking scrumptious food, and thinking about how our life is working, what improvements need to be made, and how to do it simply. With a toddler, everything has to be simplified but fun. That's the goal anyway! My hope for this blog is that while I strive for making my happy life even more fun, my readers take something from our life's simple pleasures and infuse some of it into their own. I've included a few photos of our life lately, which can all be found on my Instagram @whatafundayblog , to give you a peek into our everyday. I look forward to sharing bits of our time together along with posts to elevate your lifestyle, and to overall just make life more fun, day to day.
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An appropriately moody photo after a tantrum.

An appropriately moody photo after a tantrum.

Designing our costumes for Halloween.

Designing our costumes for Halloween.

Enjoying the fallen leaves.

Enjoying the fallen leaves.