Welcome back to a 'lil HooHaa's monthly photo blogging challenge. I had to skip June. The prompt was DIY, and for the life of me, I could not come up with five current pictures representing this topic.
July is much easier. It's HAPPY. I can do that!
Actually I have done several happiness posts:
July is typically summer break month. Where we live, kids will only get four weeks off in summer. Not complaining though, we'll have three weeks in fall, my favorite season. Plus frankly, this year's "summer" has not been all that summery for the most part. We've had lots of rain, heavy rain, thunderstorms, hailstorms, flooded basements, you name it.
So at the rare occasion of a nice and sunny day, we had to enjoy it all the more.
July is also when my son's hockey camp takes place. He's been having a growth spurt like never before. Give him a week or two, and he'll be as "tall" as I am. OK, I'm short. But still. He's not even turned 13 yet, and he's arrived at shoe size 7.5 - meaning he needed new skates. Again. New chest protector, too. Oh, and gloves. And ellbow pads. The only new equipment he actually didn't need was the shinguards and the helmet. That's because these items were replaced six months ago.
What does new hockey equipment have to do with "happy" you may ask? I dropped a significant amount of money. It's still a source of happiness of sorts, and this is why:
Hockey is my son's passion. Has been since he can walk and talk. He's not the most athletic kid, but he's worked his way up to the youth team.
Sports is a great way to balance school and other more intellectual activities.
It keeps him away from screens.
His hockey buddies are cut from different cloth than his classmates. They are more determined and goal oriented, they have to balance homework and pratice during their busy weeks. Not much room to hang out and experiment with drugs and other potential dangers.
So new skates. They need to be broken in before hockey camp. It's July. So-called summer. Two arenas within a 90 minutes' drive have ice in July. That's were I took Colin and his best buddy. They spent a good two hours on the ice, and look at their happy faces!
What have you been up to this July? Anything that made you particularly happy? Let me know below, and please pay my fellow bloggers a visit.