Friday, September 22, 2017

Goodbye Summer

It was an incredible summer.
One of the best.
It was busy and chaotic but I was present, relaxed, and enjoyed myself. I embraced the chaos, tried to flow with it, and reminded myself that it would only be a short while.
And it was short.
Then as summer began to come to it's end, I found myself perfectly ready to say goodbye and welcome a change.
goodbye summer
goodbye late nights and slow mornings
goodbye ridiculously full days and ever changing plans
hello schedule
hello crisp early mornings
hello quiet afternoons
hello family evenings with just us

hello fall... I have been waiting for you.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

fireworks of a different kind

Sitting around a crackling fire watching the sun set on the river, watching my children (and the neighbor's child) swim and kayak in the golden water. Cold drinks. Friendly conversation. Bursts of laughter become background music. Long grasses swaying gently in the breeze.
 This is how I want to remember our summers.
This is the part that stands out from the rest of the year and makes it so special.

We leave tomorrow, and will spend a week with friends and family living in a houseboat on Shasta Lake. I have never taken a vacation like this before. I feel so relaxed and excited for this vacation... which is kind of bazaar because typically anything that involves water tends to make me a bit of a nervous wreak. But... my kids are older now and I have relaxed quite a bit. We are all so excited.

The photos...
-The kitten that came and went.
-Pineapple and jalapeno infused tequila... 2 cups of pineapple in 750ml of tequila... let that sit for 3-4 days... then add 2 jalapenos (without seeds) for 1-2 more days... then strain and save the pineapple chunks to blend up and add to margaritas... yum!!

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