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
We are heading to the beach soon for a little family getaway, and I thought it would be fun to highlight a few of our favorite things. I know sand toys and towels always come to mind first, but I'm adding to the list!
When packing for the beach the age of the kids should be a big factor. Are they toddlers or preteens? This will impact snacks and toiletries, and also practical things like::: elementary age kids can carry stuff! My kids are always in charge of carrying at least 1 thing each (towels or a bag) when we go to the pool or beach. Another factor to think about when packing for the beach is whether you are staying beachfront or are a few blocks away. If you are carrying gear a few blocks definitely pack light or consider bringing a wagon.
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.