Summer Has Flown By

lake.summer.7-27Hi and Happy Wednesday.  Can you believe that it is the last Wednesday of July?  I sure can’t.  I have been away from this blog for most of this month and wrote almost nothing.  I hope to get back to more regular blogs very soon. Our summer has been fun and busy and is now winding down. This week we are very much enjoying since school is starting very soon.  We have longer breaks throughout the school year but it does make for a shorter summer.

We didn’t make it to the beach this year but that is okay.  We had a few trips to see family and friends in the lovely mountains of North Carolina where it was a bit cooler.  We did some shopping and walking around.  We also have had a few cookouts, went swimming a few times, had a game night or two, finished some great books, and watched a few movies.

Also, we celebrated Kirk’s birthday and had a few days of parties and special times with him.  This summer I also had a high school reunion.  I was on the planning committee.  We had a great time and a great turnout.  I am fortunate to have a class of people who very much enjoy seeing each other and have plenty to catch up on.  I will write more on that later.

As this summer winds down, I am thankful for many things.  One of them is the view from this photo.  It is of the lake that we saw while crossing a bridge.

  • Photos of old friends
  • Decades-old friendships
  • A weekend of chatting and fun with classmates
  • Ice cream treats
  • Taco Tuesdays
  • Watching the movie “Max,” which Ian picked
  • Ian finishing three books over the summer
  • Dancing The Electric Slide and other favorites
  • Watching an old movie with Ian
  • New Lego builds and a new stuffed toy
  • Watching and talking about the two conventions
  • Time to rest and hang out with my guys
  • The flexibility of my schedule
  • Air conditioning
  • Ice water and iced tea
  • Cold beer and pizza from a local diner
  • Our family pulling together in times of need
  • Keeping in touch on a regular basis
  • Prayer support for loved ones
  • Having time to make many memories
  • Late nights and late mornings
  • Days at home in our pajamas
  • New milestones with Ian

I wonder what we will be doing the rest of this summer?  I am not sure since there isn’t much time left.  We however will make the best of it.  Hope you do the same!  God Bless.

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Happy Birthday dear Kirk!

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you!  Happy Birthday dear Kirk, Happy Birthday to you!

Ian and I sang that to Kirk this morning and he enjoyed it.  We both love Kirk very much.  “Happy Birthday Dad,” Ian said.

Kirk is the love of my life, my partner, an amazing father to our son, and such fun to be with. I enjoy our family moments and special times. I love our family traditions.

I love how Kirk makes me laugh, and I so appreciate when he comforts me and supports me. He is wonderful.

Happy Birthday to you dear Kirk!  Have a great one.

Throwback Thursday – Happy Boy

TT_7-7-Happy BoyHi and Happy Thursday! Hope you are having a great day.  Here is a photo of Ian at almost 3 years old.  He was standing on the lifeguard stand and watching the sun set into the ocean.  He was extremely happy and having a great time at Mission Beach in California.

This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of him.  I love the total glee and happiness that he is expressing.  I love how much he seems to be loving life.  And I love this smile and this boy.  This photo was lightened so his facial expression was visible.

He has always been a happy child and fun to be around.  He has moments of being grouchy or difficult when he is overly tired, hungry, doesn’t want to do something or is sick.  But for the most part, he is content, has plenty to do, and lives in the moment.  He has taught me to do that.  He has also taught me to make the most of each day,

While looking at this photo, I wondered when was the last time that I was this happy?  When did I throw away all of my worries and cares and just be gleeful?  I have laughed recently with family members and friends. I have cracked up at a funny memory or cartoon with Ian or a favorite comedy with Kirk.  But I also have cried over family and friends who are sick, the loss of a loved one, and the terrible things on the news.

I have always loved watching the news and reading newspapers since that has been a life-long passion and vocation for me.  However, more and more it has been hard to tune in without becoming emotional during the broadcast or angry.  I continue to be amazed at what people do to one another.  And, trying to explain that to Ian can be a challenge.

This summer we have been making time for fun and to be in the moment. We have had  time for swimming, watching funny movies, lazy days, ice cream treats, games, library books, walks, and many other fun things.  So far it has been great and a real treasure.  As bad things happen, we talk about them and pray about them as well.

Today I am thankful for:

  • My hubby who I am sharing this life journey with
  • Our son who I love beyond measure
  • Amazing friendships
  • My wonderful family
  • Prayer support from our church, family, and friends
  • Ian’s friends
  • Lego builds
  • Play time
  • Air-conditioning
  • Playing games
  • Books and the ability to read
  • Creativity and making up stories
  • No alarm clocks in the morning

I wonder if I can live in the moment as much as possible with Ian, Kirk, and our family and friends.  I am doing my best to do just that.

Happy late Fourth!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear America, Happy Birthday to you.  That is what we sang yesterday morning. That was Ian’s idea in honor of the USA’s 240th birthday.  We had a great holiday weekend and hope that you did as well!

On Monday morning, we were lazy and watched America: The Story of Us on the History Channel.  It was an in-depth look at our country’s early years, warts and all.  There was a lot to discuss with Ian.  The show mentioned all of the lives that were lost over the years for us to have our freedoms.  We are so thankful for sacrifices by so many brave men and women. This helped us to remember that freedom is never free.

We then went to my parent’s house for a wonderful cookout, great time with family, funny stories, great chats, and some yummy dessert. It was a treat to spend the day with my aunt and cousin as well as Mom and Dad and my guys.  We returned home in time to watch a few symphonies on television including our local one and fireworks.  We also stepped out our back door and watched our city’s fireworks.  Up late but lots of fun.

On Sunday, we went to church and had a great service, then a picnic in the fellowship hall. That afternoon, we went over to Kirk’s brother’s house and had a great meal.  It was so much fun.  We visited, played corn hole, and a game of Porch Ball as we called it.  Imagine a circle of people, a large beach ball, and a porch that is not screened in, wild passes and serves, lots of laughs, and a few curse words when hit in the face by the ball (by me – LOL!)  We had a blast!

Saturday was a great lazy day at home with time to relax, read, and work on the family genealogy book. On Friday, we visited with some dear friends and laughed and had a blast. We always have a great time with these friends and always want more. Then the three of us went out for an early dinner at a local Arby’s where I used to work, went to the store, the library, and then back home to enjoy our evening.

We had a great balance of time at home and time with friends and family.  This week will be more time with family and birthday celebrations — for a dear friend of ours today and Kirk’s as well. Happy Birthday to you dear Karen!

Today I am thankful for:

  • Silly games with family and friends
  • Cookouts and ice cream
  • Laughs with family
  • Chatting for hours with friends
  • Patriotic music by talented musicians
  • Fireworks
  • Many freedoms
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Air conditioning
  • Summer rains
  • Messy hair and long cuddles
  • My two special guys
  • My family
  • My friends
  • Summer break

I wonder what other fun this week will bring?  I cannot wait to find out.  Have a great one!