This Month at Home – July 2017

IMG_3855 IMG_3870 IMG_3900 IMG_3921 IMG_3944 IMG_4014 IMG_4114 IMG_4124 IMG_0536 IMG_4147Oh the bliss of summer! It’s hard to believe July is almost over, and yet, this is how it happens every year. Late June days roll into weeks of adventures and fun, nights camping under starry skies, listening to the strings of banjos, birthday celebrations, and evening hikes up the mountain. And as the heat waves of mid-summer settle in, we find ourselves grateful, and craving repose all at the same time.

My goal this summer has been to stay present. To soak in every moment with my little family, all our togetherness, the fun, the meltdowns, everything. Soak in the reality of this life,  disconnect from the subjective reality of media, and breathe. So far, so good.

Today for the first time ever someone stopped me in a tiny store in a tiny town outside of our hometown, and told me she recognized me from my blog. She said she loved reading and that I should keep it going. It was lovely, a fellow mama, an average everyday person just like me, someone I wouldn’t necessarily have spoken with otherwise, but there we were, connected. That’s all I’ve ever wanted from this space.

My sharing has been slow lately. Because, you know…life, and two kids. But also because I’ve been feeling unsure of what to say, what’s my message. I have changed in so many ways in the past few years. I am no longer self employed. I don’t want to sell anyone anything. I don’t feel like I necessarily have any great words of wisdom. I’m not here to tell you how you should live your life. Mostly I’m just here to somewhat document mine. And to connect. Real life connection feels like a really valuable goal right now.

So, thank you to that mama at the market today. Thank you for stopping me as I negotiated with my four year old about pouring a growler of kombucha. Thank you for reaching out and saying hi, for making what is so often an invisible connection, a real one. I’ve been feeling really shy of social media, and even this blog lately, but still I am pulled to show up. So thank you for making me feel like my voice is heard, and valued. I really would love to hear your voices too!

So I’ve got a question for ya…what kind of connection are you craving right now? How do you want to be seen, heard, witnessed? Leave a comment, even if it’s just to say hi 👋 ☺️.

Oh, and if you want to check out the little video I made about our yearly trip to the Greyfox Bluegrass Festival, here it is.

Summer Love

It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of August already. Hubby starts school in just over a week, and we are already feeling the pull towards fall. I have really been savoring every moment of this summer. My intention was to spend lots of quality time with my boys, both together and separately, to get a few home projects done, and most importantly, to take it easy, soaking in sun, swimming, and naps whenever the opportunity allowed. Thankfully we have have been able to do all of that.

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One of our favorite places to spend time this summer together has been “at the pond”. Between the new found independence of a puddler jumper, and the exciting addition of paddle boards, we have spent entire days floating, swimming, paddling, and just lazing about. It’s been a nice balance to the garage gutting, house re-organization, and room painting that’s been happening back at the home front. (More on all that later perhaps, I’ve been “nesting” pretty much since the day I got pregnant it seems).

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So as these last few days of summer roll through, we’re going to keep right on doing what we have been doing. Eventually we will all start to prep and plan for fall. Hubs is lead teacher this year at his school, so he’ll have a little more of a work load. I’ll work a few afternoons at the Montessori after school program. And we’ll of course keep going with our co-op mornings. (This is also something I’ll talk more about soon). But life is too sweet right now to think about all that much. So, for now it’s still all about summer love.

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