During the summer we tried to stay busy while settling into our new home. Usually we like to travel during the summer, and this was the first time we were going to be in one place the entire time, so we made the best by enjoying some new and some old leisure activities.
When we were first married we tried our hand at gardening. It was a complete failure. Turns out, Utah still has freezing temperatures in April. So all of our plants perished in the cold. But here in the Bay, we knew we could keep plants away from the cold, so we tried a balcony garden again. And we were SUCCESSFUL! Caitlin tended to our plants every single day. She would send me emails or texts while I was at work to tell me how our plants were doing. We got a ton of tomatoes and red and green peppers. It was so exciting! We also had cucumber and zucchini plants, but we also had a squirrel problem, so all the zucchini and cucumber were eaten off of the plants. I don't know why the squirrel didn't have an appetite for tomatoes or peppers, but we're lucky he was picky cause we would have cried had all our food gone to the squirrels.
On July 31 we celebrated Harry Potter's birthday by experimenting with our Harry Potter Cookbook. We made Hagrid's Rock Cakes and a couple of bottles of Butterbeer. It was so much fun. We love experimenting and cooking different things. And of course, these treats had to be coupled with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - one of the best Harry Potter movies.
And of course, no summer would be complete without binge watching Friends and making stuff for Caitlin's Etsy shop. We spent so long this summer making new things, experimenting with necklaces, bracelets, scarfs, and more - but we still haven't sold anything. It has been kind of frustrating that we've put in so much effort and haven't seen any kind of rewards out of it. But it has been really fun spending time together making things, and so even if we don't sell anything, we will still have the memories of the times we spent together being creative. :)