Throwback Thursday – Summer!

TBT_6-23-2016Hi and Happy Thursday. Are you having a great summer? We are!  So far, so good.  We are about to finish our third week of summer and are having a wonderful time. This photo was taken of Ian in Fort Pierce, Florida many years ago.

When he was this age, his pacifier was a constant for him. This was one of the first times that he got to walk on the sand, or should I say run. He loved it. He still does love it. Sadly we won’t be going to the beach this summer, but have plenty of other things to keep us busy.

Last night, we went to my parent’s house for swimming and dinner. They have a neighborhood pool that we enjoyed. It was a very hot day so the water was perfectly cool and fun. After swimming, we went back to their house and had a great dinner and dessert and plenty of laughs. It was great.

Tonight is game night and homemade pizza at our house. My parents are coming over for that, which will also be fun. Big decision of the evening will be, do we play The Game of Life or Star Wars Monopoly or both?  Perhaps Dominos or the card game Pounce? We will see what Ian and everyone else feel like.

Life with no alarm clocks or set schedules is very nice this time of year. And, since I work at home, I can be flexible enough to start later in the morning or wear my pajamas. How great is that? It’s the little things that become the big blessings, isn’t it?!

Our summer started with a trip to North Carolina which was great. That was for both work and play. We had time to visit family, take a few walks, enjoyed dinner out with friends, and bought cookies and almond strudel at a wonderful bakery, and frozen yogurt treats. Also, I bought a new coloring book (yes I do like coloring), and Ian got a new Lego set. I helped him build it and we took several pictures.

June has been good so far and July should be as well. Next month we will go back to North Carolina, have a chance to visit some friends, may attend a baseball game, and I will have a high school reunion. I have great classmates who are always fun to see.  Cannot wait.

I love all of the memories we are making this summer with Ian. Each day has something fun. Whether it’s spending the day with messy hair and clothes to swimming to reading a library book to watching a favorite cartoon, we are enjoying our time together.

In addition to all of our fun, we are thinking of and praying for those suffering and struggling. We are talking with Ian about what can be done to help others and reminding him to always love others and be respectful. Also, we encourage him to ask questions that he has and we discuss those. With so much going on in the world, there is much to learn.

I wonder what other adventures the summer will bring?  I cannot wait to find out. Hope you also have a great summer!  Enjoy.

Summertime!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERADon’t you just love the summer?  I sure do.  We have been quite busy this month and so I haven’t been able to write as much.  A lot is going on each day, so time for the computer can be a challenge.

I miss the writing, but I am having a lot of fun with long conversations with Ian, having time for work and play, staying up later than we normally do, and having time to relax.

This picture was taken a few years ago of Ian at the beach.  He was playing in Mission Bay and having a great time!

Here are a few thoughts and quotes about the summer.  Enjoy!  I will try to post more regularly very soon.

Summer to me is:

  • Lazy mornings
  • Bare feet in the sand and surf
  • An ice cream treat on a hot day
  • Playing games for hours
  • Reading one book after the other
  • Long walks
  • Lots of laughs and fun times
  • Long conversations with friends and family
  • Heat and humidity in the south
  • Cool weather in Southern California
  • The Beach Boys music and other beachy music
  • Playing with Ian
  • Listening to Ian talk about his favorite Lego build
  • The sun not setting until almost 10 p.m.
  • Swimming at the pool and ocean

A few quotes about summer:

  • “The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.” — Unknown
  • “It’s a cruel season that makes you get ready for bed while it’s light out.” — Bill Watterson
  • “The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” — Wallace Stevens
  • “In summer, the song sings itself.” — William Carlos Williams
  • “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” — Sam Keen
  • “Hey! It’s summer! Be free and happy and danceful and uninhibited and now-y!” — Terri Guillemets
  • “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” — Henry James
  • “Every summer has its own story.” — Unknown
  • “Summer — Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better.” — Unknown

I wonder what the rest of the summer will bring?  I imagine a lot of fun and a trip to the beach.  Can’t wait!  Have a great one!!!

Busy, Busy May

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Hi and happy almost end of May!  How are you doing?  Are you as busy as I am?  This month has been crazy but fun. I thought a calm photo of the water would be just thing for today with so much going on.

For scouting, we had a raingutter regatta, ice cream sundaes, and last pack meeting for this school year.  We also had a fun Mother’s Day weekend, went to a baseball game, celebrated a few family and friends with birthdays this month, and I helped plan the walk-a-thon at Ian’s school.

And, next Friday is the last day of school for this school year.  I don’t feel I have had a chance to catch my breath and now Ian is about to finish 1st grade. I am both sad and happy, since Ian is almost done with 1st grade.  I have loved his teacher and his classmates.  We will miss them next year.

Next week will be a nice one since we have a holiday, field day, a chorus concert to attend, a pizza party, and two half days.  It will be fun and then summer begins.  YEAH!

I am happy that we have the summer to enjoy.  I am looking forward to a few days of sleeping in and not having to go anywhere.  Well, not sure about the sleeping in part, but at least a few days at home will be nice.

Our school’s newsletter had some great ideas for the summer break.  “Turn off the screen and:

  • Play outside
  • Play a game
  • Write a story
  • Walk the dog
  • Listen to music
  • Create
  • Take pictures
  • Go on an adventure
  • Take a scavenger hunt
  • Spend time with a friend
  • Make a new friend
  • Cook together
  • Read, Read, Read”

We will be doing most, if not all of these, and I cannot wait!  It will be tough to turn off the screen since we all like computer time, time on our android, and watching shows, but I want to try to cut back.  Less time would be good for all of us.

So, I see Monopoly games, swimming, making ice cream sundaes, taking walks, summer Scout activities, a trip to the beach, a few really good books, and play time with friends and family.  I also want to do some writing and take new photos and have Ian help me.

Take care and have a great end of your school year!  I hope to write more again soon when things calm down.  Just hope that will be soon.