I have to admit, we've been back in the states for about 3 1/2 - 4 years and I still feel like I'm adjusting. Reminding myself that moving abroad, moving back, attempting a creative business and trying to get healthy takes some work. Somehow time keeps moving and filling itself as if it has a mind of it's own. I've been desperate for a summer with wide open space for nothing but daydreaming. Ok, maybe I'll include some activities but at least 75% daydreaming. Seriously, I've been romanticizing the idea of how I'd like my summer to play out since January. I probably shouldn't own up to this but, I'd love to jump right into a Martha Stewart magazine. I'd love to cook and eat every perfect summer dish, lounge by the pool and make crafts, meander through gardens, host parties, gather fruits and veggies from the Farmers Market, shear wool from a sheep and make a sweater. Yikes, that last one my be a bit much. Minus the sweater making, I want to indulge in that same type of magic. And truthfully, we've done a pretty good job so far. Why can't we all curate and style our lives like Martha Stewart? My answer is, we can!! Maybe not quite as perfect but definitely as dreamy.
Hence, The Summer Wish-list...
- Read at least 3 books
- Create Art on the back patio in the sun
- Camp and Hike in new places
- Outside Concert
- U-cut Flowers & Berry Picking
- Play Tennis
- Cook & BBQ as much as possible
- Walk to the Farmers Market from the house
- Evening Bike Rides thru town
- Spend full days on the beach, ending with cook-outs and a fire
- Naps in my backyard lounger
- Work in the yard mindlessly
- Go to one of the Street Fairs, Last Thursday or First Thursday
- Host Dinners
- Hanging out w/ family and friends
- Up my running routine
- Create, Create, Create
Here's a few photos of our summer so far:
Group photo after a nice hike, Alma-dog given some love.
Crater Lake...heavenly and really that blue.
Kenny and I love a good "Ranger Talk"!!! I swear, there's something so fun and innocent about grabbing a hot chocolate(maybe w/ a splash of whiskey...not so innocent), wrapping up in a blanket, sitting under the stars and listening to stories, nature facts and quirky "Ranger Jokes."
Speaking of camping....camp food!! This isn't something we'd normally eat for breakfast which is exactly why it's photo-worthy. Twas good!
This is where the Daydreaming happens....
Thoughts for next week: Keeping Motivated
Big Hugs - J