1. The Re-Stocking Season. For much of the year the pantry shrinks, rather than grows. When we finally hit the time of year where things begin to turn around, I can’t help admire the jars as they line up, batch by batch.
2. Space to spread out. We’ve been rapidly outgrowing our spaces for a few years now. Sometimes it’s maddening, but I also realize we have a lot more room than many families — both inside and out.
3. The Man. Last weekend marked eight years of marriage. We celebrated with dinner, drinks and a comedy show. It was a good night, but a blip in a good life; something that’s so much bigger than any one day, even that one.
4. Chocolate. Seriously.
5. Big Kids. Sometimes they’re like little adults, other times they’re as innocent as it gets. It’s a pretty incredible stage through which to watch them grow.