Every summer things slow down a bit on this blog. It is never planned (though perhaps it should be!), to be honest life just becomes a little crazier than normal.
Crazier you ask? Isn't summer supposed to be more relaxed? No homework, more pool time--In a way it certainly is! But more than ever we recognize our kiddos' need for structure which means part time camps, and me working on freelance projects. Not to mention early morning barks from our goldendoodle!
Note to self: it is more than okay to slow down in certain areas of life. To leave some unscheduled time on my calendar. To find beauty in a simple summer. And to know that seasons in life are exactly that.
Can you relate?
My Mom spent the week with us last week. It was such a sweet visit. By way of my Mom, my Grandma (GGMa to the kids) sent me several decorating magazines, and I went through and pulled out inspiration for our bedrooms, living room, and kitchen. I can not think of the last time I had done that! It brought back memories of filling scrapbooks with inspiration.
Pinterest is a wonderful resource. But looking through magazines gave me the chance to see some design ideas I might not have otherwise considered. Now we are considering painting our 6 year old daughter's bedroom a robin's egg blue! Before, we had always thought pink. I appreciate that we took the time to study things "the old fashioned way" and spot interesting textures, vibrant colors, and home decor trends.
“There is so little to remember of anyone - an anecdote, a conversation at a table. But every memory is turned over and over again, every word, however chance, written in the heart in the hope that memory will fulfill itself, and become flesh...” -Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping
It is interesting how things change with kids as they get older. Our two kids are headed to 3rd grade next year. And in a lot of ways life does get easier--I can take a nap while they watch Netflix (this is rare, but helpful when I'm sick!) I can send them outside to play. And they are more independent when it comes to popping popcorn, pouring cereal, and putting away their dishes.
And in other ways it is still a challenge. Sibling bickering. The "I'm BORED! WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?" And lots of ongoing hyper behaviors. Our kids need more routine + structure than the average family which means I need to mentally prepare. Read on for a list of things I plan to do with our kids this summer when we are at home!
After living in North Carolina for a year I contacted a few local bloggers to see if they would be interested in a collaboration. We video chatted several times as we developed a concept: a simple summer supper using local, seasonal foods. A "covered dish" meal at its finest.
It was a joy to work with Susannah, Katie, and Asharae. We each brought a few dishes to prepare along with decorating supplies. Susannah's Aunt and Uncle, Leigh Brinkley & Bill Owens, graciously shared their kitchen and home with us for the day as we prepared our food and gathered outside for dinner.
Summer is officially here in North Carolina! And it is HOT. I am talking rosy, flushed cheeks just walking to the car. (Texas people, you get this. I interned in Houston one summer, so hot!)
Anyway, lemonade seems just the fix on a hot day.
We are growing our first container garden and my herbs were ready for use. So I tried mixing lemons with basil and the result was amazing: tangy, spicy, a touch sweet. I used sparkling water but you could easily swap that will still water.