Saturday, June 1, 2013

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Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. - Henry James

We're not exactly busy, but we're tired at the end of the day. We play, we color and draw, we work on math enrichment (him) and early-reading skills (her). We chart our plants' progress. We bake and cook and sew and eat. We just finished listening to Hatchet on CD; it was one of my favorites when I was a child. The LB loved it, though I'm not sure he understood all the themes. We'll be starting the library's Summer Reading Program this coming week, and attending free weekly musical and theater events that they offer all summer for kids. I've been working on a small counted cross-stitch piece and am almost done with it. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy cross-stitch. Now I'm even more excited to start my Winterwoods Sampler.

Swimming lessons begin Monday, at a city pool nearby. There's a big pool and a toddler pool. The GB will be taking preschool-level lessons in the small pool, while her brother will have his lessons in the big one. They're both very eager to get started. We'll go for two weeks, every morning, then take a break for a few weeks and go back for another two in mid-July. I'll sit on the grass under a big pine tree with the other moms, like I do every year. I'll bring a book or a small handwork project. I'll bring my big, neon-green beach tote (which has never seen an actual beach), with just my wallet, keys, phone and a couple of towels. Sunblock will have been applied at home. Sometimes I'll chat with another mom, but usually, I'll savor the coolness of the shaded grass and listen to the wind through the pine needles while I read or work quietly: my summer self.

We're taking a vacation in June; it will be the longest and most ambitious vacation we've attempted since having our children. We're driving to Denver, stopping in Colorado Springs for a couple of days on the way north. We plan to visit national parks, the natural history museum, the zoo and a few other places. I'm hoping to make it to the Celestial Seasonings tea factory. The Bear and I went to the factory on a vacation in 2003, and it was really interesting. We also plan to spend some time with friends who live up there, and to eat at Beau Jo's again; if you've ever had their pizza, you understand. The Bear is a Colorado native and he's looking forward to seeing things he has missed. I'm starting to prepare for the trip and trying to remain cool, calm and collected...ask me again in a week.

It's hot here now. The skies are deep, nearly-cloudless blue, day after day. We're in severe drought and hoping hard that our monsoon season, which begins in early July, will be a productive one. I love a good thunderstorm, like a lot of people, but we're seriously in need of the water. The heat drives us indoors in the afternoon; we play outside early, while it's a little cooler, and use the wading pool for an hour or so in early afternoon. We're eating simple, cool-ish foods most nights for dinner, as we will all summer: cold salads with beans, easy pastas, frittatas and anything that can be grilled outside, trying to keep ourselves (and the house) cool.

I bought a new swimsuit; it's retro - ruched, feminine, halter-style - with an all-over print of red cherries on black. I feel a tiny bit glamorous. I'll probably take the small Bears over to the city pool in the afternoons sometimes; we'll spend most of our time in the toddler pool for the GB's benefit. It won't actually be glamorous at all, but I won't be wearing the snagged, pilled, stretched-out Land's End mom-suit I've had for years. I'm glad I did this for myself. I don't think I've ever had halter tan-lines before, though; this will be interesting.

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Thank you so much for the advice and guidance you've given me about homemade jam! I really appreciate knowing that so many of you have experience with it. A few of you mentioned freezer jam; I actually wanted to do that first, since it's easier, but I don't have enough space in my freezer at the moment. I still want to try it, though, so I will plan for it once I've had a clear-out. 

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Hello and welcome to my new readers and followers! I'm so happy to have you. I hope you enjoy your visits. 

28 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer, Sounds like crazy lazy summer days filled with time spend together!!!With something to look forward to and it sounds like a really fab holiday!!!Have a lazy weekend!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  2. Your post speaks of everything summer should be! Carry on. Enjoy. And I'm praying for rain right there with you. ~ Lisa

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  3. Sounds like a perfect summer to me. We've got all 4 of our grandsons with us today while our DIL works on the yard and we're watching Pioneer Woman on tv! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  4. You have a fabulous summer planned! I cannot wait until our summer holidays arrive so we can spend more time with the kids, days out etc. We don't have a holiday planned this year, unfortunately, but hoping to book one soon for next year! Your holiday sounds so good, I hope you have an amazing time. :)))) x

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  5. Jennifer, such beautiful lazy summer day plans. It all starts now in June. Hooray!!..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  6. It sounds like you and your family have such a lovely summer planned. Hope you enjoy every minute.
    M x

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  7. Summer plans are always the best. You wil fill the memory banks with laughter and fun

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  8. I agree summer plans are the best! The weather is lovely here in Colorado Springs right now, it's been a bit windy but other than that it's been lovely! We are an hour away from Denver, and we are so excited to go to the children's museum soon! :) I hope you all have a wonderful vacation. Great post!

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  9. And summer is here! It's HOT today in northern California. =0)
    My daughter had a calendar like the one you've shown. We used to love re-doing the magnets each month. Aahhh...Those were the days. Now she's 16.
    Have fun at Swimming Lessons!
    ~Kim
    www.2justByou.com

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  10. I so enjoyed reading your post Jennifer - with great pics - and I hope your holiday is wonderful when it comes around. I am also hoping that your area receives the rain it obviously needs!
    Joy x

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  11. I love your photos this week. And your headline shot is new, isn't it? Gorgeous. Your summer sounds lovely. Enjoy your roadtrip, should be great. I'm looking forward to seeing shots of your trip; I haven't spent much time in the US.

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    1. Hi Deborah! Yes, my header photo is a new one. Thank you. That's the shelf above my oven, just some of my collection of strawberrTy-themed pottery and china. :)

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  12. You're in for a busy June but it sounds like a fun one too. Have a great fun time with your family on your exciting vacation. Keep cool :)
    Jayne
    Handmade Cuties

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  13. I love this post so much. Your stunning photos say so much about your family life. Enjoy the summer! And possibly share a bit more about that yummy salad?!!

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  14. It sounds like your days are filled with wonderful things! That olive and bean salad looks fab - think I might try that one for lunch! Jane x

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  15. What fantastically fun filled days. The photos are lovely and bright- very summery- sounds like an excellent trip you've planned.:)

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  16. Wonderful ways to spend your summer! I also really enjoyed hatchet. Does GB enjoy her shopping cart? V has the same one and loves to play pretend shopping.

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  17. Hi Jennifer,

    What a lovely Post. Full of summery goodness and your trip sounds fabulous! Mel x

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  18. Your summer sounds as if it is off to a wonderful start! If you have a bit too much heat could you please do me a favour and send some of it up to BC? :-)

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  19. I found your blog and think your photos are so pretty! I am now following and look forward to reading more :-)

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  20. A lovely happy summery post - what more could we ask for x

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  21. It looks like summer is getting off to a good start. I love the description of your bathing suit ~ I bet it is fabulous. Your photos are so lovely throughout your blog. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such kind comments. :)

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  22. Your swim suit sounds very sexy!!! tee hee hee!!
    Perhaps you will wear it on your TRIP!!!! sounds very exciting!!
    We have had TONS of thunderstorms here for the past week...perhaps you should move here, to Southern Ontario!!! Ohhh...then we could get together for Tea!!
    Sounds wonderful!!
    I pucked up an embroidery hoop, and a few 2 yds pieces of different coloured gingham at a thrift shop this weekend...I needed the hoop to do Raggedy Anne's face...will make one for Vivian for Christmas, I think...too much else to do now!!
    And my garden is calling my name!!!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  23. Sounds like the perfect way to spend the sunny days ... enjoy ... Sarah x

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  24. Lovely to hear about how you've been spending your days. I like the sound of your swim suit. I have tried on about 15 this last month and still haven't found one I like. Love the sounds of your easy summer meals and the routine of yours days. It sounds so peaceful. x

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  25. Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Love the sweet garden flag!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  26. Fresh salads are the best in summer - no heating up the kitchen! My favourite is a greek variation - Chickpeas, cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, feta, red pepper, and some greek dressing. It gets better as it sits in the fridge - if it lasts!

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  27. I agree with Gillian! Your summer sounds very peaceful and relaxing! Your upcoming vacation sounds wonderful! The Celestial Seasonings tea factory sounds like something I would enjoy! Colorado is on our list to visit some day along with New Mexico Your cloudless, blue skies look amazing to me! Our summer has been very wet and humid so far, typical for the southeast.

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