Hello June!

Wow, how is it June already? It seems like the year is flying by!

June is the month of the Strawberry Moon, and I am so excited to begin this month! This month I think we want to really soak up the month, as I am not sure where April and May went to so fast!

Summer begins in June, and it always brings to mind that freedom and joy felt when you are a child, and the whole summer is stretched out before you like a blank canvas. Mornings of sleeping in, lazy days reading under a tree, chasing fireflies and playing tag, trips to the cool library on those really hot days, visits to the zoo and beaches and walks through shady woods. Peeking under rocks for bugs and just laying back in the grass, staring up at the clouds. Playing with friends and cousins and backyard cookouts and pool play dates. Summertime feels like freedom, and we lose that feeling so much as an adult, with all of our responsibilities of work, whether it is a work out of the home job or stay at home. But if there is one thing I have learned in the past few months, it is that time is short. We all only have so many summers and while we do have to take care of lives, and can’t live with the utter carefreeness of a child all of the time, we can incorporate some of that spirit into our everyday. Stop and take half an hour or an hour on a busy day to just be. To enjoy and savor your life. Make days just for playtime and family and fun days out. Try and make the most of these days. The other day my husband came home from work and although it was dinner time and we had lots of things we could have and should have been doing, instead we hopped in the car, stopped at a bakery for pizza rolls, and headed off to the marsh for a sunset. A spur of the moment dinner picnic. It was good for the soul.

This summer, we are planning on many trips to the library, little morning hikes, and lots of evening front porch sitting. We are enjoying gardening and the farmer’s markets that are popping up, and we are looking forward to many backyard bbqs and fires, chilled white wine, iced lavendar coffee, and of course, lots and lots of ice cream! Mint chocolate chip for Wyatt and Billy, chocolate for me. Wyatt also started adaptive swimming lessons which are fun, he loves being in the water. He also really loves to splash! I think the two of us are going to the zoo, and to a few farms around here together, and we are planning on going strawberry picking with my brother and his family, including Wyatt’s cousin L. But we are also seeking out just those quiet moments too, sitting in the grass on a blanket surrounded by books and cookies and lemonade. Iced tea parties and poetry. Lounging about in our pajamas on a lazy morning, eating pancakes and listening to music. (My son loves Down by the Bay and will sing along, quite loudly…) Dancing around the house to Prince and Van Morrison and Tom Petty and Eric Church. Spontaneous trips for ice cream for dinner.

We had our first outdoor evening, soaking up the beautiful weather, warm and breezy, at my brother’s house the other night and it was perfect. Birds singing their evening song, burger and hot dogs, chips, cold beers, and bubbles for the kids to play with. I am looking forward to many more this summer!

What do you love about summer? Do you have any favorite memories from when you were a kid?

9 thoughts on “Hello June!

  1. Yes, it does go so fast! I was just commenting on Lindsi’s blog, Do You Dog Ear?, because she was mentioning how her son will be going to kindergarten in the fall and she’s trying to make this a special summer because she’s going to miss having him home all day. I could never understand the stay-at-home moms who were counting down the days until school started again. I was always looking on the calender to see when my son had vacation days. Ha ha. It’s such a special time. 🌞

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    • I know! I’m so excited to show Wyatt the world and to give him new experiences, or even just have ordinary days with him. The days can sometimes feel long I guess, and when he is not in school I virtually have no time for just me lol, but it’s like they say the days are long but the years are short. I want him to have great memories of his childhood. πŸ™‚

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  2. I think as an adult sometimes it’s easy to forget those summer feelings of youth- like you said, the sense that summer is lonnngg and there’s so much time, the freedom and sleepovers and all the rest- you said it well! I think just being out and about and enjoying nature and the nice weather- it is good for the soul!

    For me it was going up north in the summer- spending time at the lake, driving in to Traverse City for special occasions, the family all congregating at my grandpa’s place down the road to eat together. We were lucky enough to all go up to the same place, so those were great family times. πŸ™‚

    Hope you guys have an amazing summer!

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    • Sleepovers! Yes how could I forget those! Another important summer ritual. πŸ™‚ I love how you still travel to the same area every year – tradition is so important I think. I really want to create those with Wyatt, vacation traditions. We have been going up north every summer, same area as you do I believe, since he was born so we have the groundwork laid. πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful summer as well!!

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  3. And the month is already halfway over. Yikes! Sounds like yall have some nice plans for the next couple months πŸ™‚ I’m doing a lot of gardening which is nice πŸ™‚

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  5. I used to like being able to sleep in and have a more relaxed schedule, but I feel a bit busier with math class all week and trying to fit in my workout before it gets too warm in the garage. I want to walk around the local lake; I’ve been lazy and just working out at home.

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