August was a busy month! I went to the office one day to have my annual review, which thankfully went very well! My sister threw a belated birthday party for our niece (her birthday is in January, but it's much more fun to have a pool party!), so that was a fun day. Henry has another tooth coming in, right next to the other one. And we went on our first family vacation! My dad and stepmom rented a house right on the beach in Virginia Beach and my sister, 3 of my 4 brothers, and all their families headed down for a week. The cousins had so much fun hanging out together and there was lots of laughter and smiles and noise! We took Henry to the aquarium and zoo for the first time and also spent a morning walking on the boardwalk and seeing the King Neptune statue, among other art installations. Although he wasn't a fan of putting his feet in the ocean, Henry enjoyed sitting on the beach and playing with his Tupperware of water. He also tried to eat the sand many times, which wasn't good! We had a local photographer come out to the house to take some updated family photos on the beach, so I'm excited to see how those turn out. At the very end of the month, my sister and I attended a bookish event, Taylor Jenkins Reid talking about her new book, in-person! I feel like she doesn't come to the east coast often, so when this event was added a couple weeks ago, we jumped at the chance. She actually contracted COVID a few days before the event but thankfully tested negative the day before and was feeling better, so the event went on! Taylor was so wonderful to listen to - she's charming and funny - it was a great night!
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