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The big topic on the blog so far this summer has been Mazzy going away to sleep-away camp for the first time. For four weeks! I wrote all about why we sent her and then I also wrote an update about Mazzy’s camp experience so far. Any and all info was gleaned from stalking the camp website for photos and one five minute phone call. We also went to visiting day this past weekend. I’ll be writing more about that this week.

If you are worried about Harlow, please don’t fret. She is fine. I actually think she is enjoying her time as an only child. In fact, I would say her Harlowness has been ramped up to about 1000 in Mazzy’s absence. Something about not having an older sister to call you annoying or yell at you for singing too loud when you are trying to chat with your friends over Facetime. In her absence, we have filmed three episodes of Harlow’s Baking Show. It’s all she wants to do after camp. Harlow is shooting episodes faster than I can edit, but expect to see them roll out soon! Any suggestions for easy things to bake? Tell me in the comments below.

My summer has also been interesting because Mike is away a lot for his new job, so it’s really just me and Harlow at the house. I’m calling it the “Summer of Harlow” and I’ll tell you more about it in a future post.

What else has happened so far this summer?

Harlow’s beloved first grade teacher wrote a post with tips to prevent the “summer slide”, Lauren shared a list of 33 books that celebrate Pride, and the Remarkably Average Parents in my facebook group shared 34 ridiculous things their kids fight over. The most popular responses were shower order, who gets to open the front door and where everyone sits in the car, but my favorites involved some truly odd fights like “whose birth year has more shark deaths.”

We also gave some concise advice for brand new moms and shared our parenting wins (like transferring a sleeping kid from the carseat to bed without waking him) in true celebratory Megan Rapinoe fashion.

This week, I’ll be sharing stories of families affected by childhood cancer, all of whom I met at the Ultimate Campout in Green Bay with Northwestern Mutual. Follow me on @mommyshortssquad all week long to hear three mothers tell their family’s story in their own words.

Lastly, I was the guest on Kveller’s podcast “Call Your Mother.” They asked me some pretty tough questions about how I started Mommy Shorts and how it has affected my kids. You can check it out here.

I think that’s it. Gonna go enjoy one of Harlow’s baked goods right now. Seriously, her coffee cake muffins are delish.

How’s your summer been so far?