I wouldn't call the weather these days awesome, but Virginia is green again and holy crap am I relieved. We're spending more time outdoors and getting into all shorts of shenanigans.
We were at the haunted playground* last week and Kurt decided to climb his first tree. Which meant that eight seconds later Maria also decided to climb her first tree. Bloody hell if they ever should look at the camera for me at the same time.
Jeff's classes are finished!!! Huzzah!!!! Yes, there are still finals. Yes, there are still many papers to grade. Yes, there are students taking incompletes whom he will have to deal with over the summer. (I hope he's not reading this. I don't want to depress him.) Nevertheless this still means far fewer hours away from home. I live for Jeff's time off. (As, I believe, does Jeff.)
Anticipating spending more time on our back patio, we bought a lovely, khaki triangular sail to hang from the house to the fence for shade. Jeff put it up, and it was beautiful and totally effective. But, alas, someone from the HOA came by and asked us to remove the "tarp."
This necessitated a trip to Lowes to buy an umbrella. Not only did we find a nice one, but Kurt got to visit his own little slice of heaven.