And goodbye May!
How are we in June already? Has this year flown by for anyone else? Is this just what happens, the years start to just fly by? I try to live slowly, do things at our own pace, and enjoy the time we have but even still, that is not possible all the time is it? We still have obligations to keep, appointments to go to, and little by little our days fill up. However, it is now officially the summer season, which means nights around the fire, cooking meals on the grill, food straight from the garden, lazy mornings, lots of trips to the zoo and Greenfield Village and all that other good stuff that happens in summer and I am going to do my best to keep us present and mindful.
June is the month of the strawberry moon, which is one of my favorite of the full moons. We are part of the Kid’s Moon Club hosted by Wilder Child, although we don’t do as much with it anymore. Maybe we will this month though. The word for the month is savor, as this month reminds us to savor all the sweetness of summer, running barefoot through the grass, swimming in the pool, catching and releasing fireflies, ice cream on the porch at night. And of course, strawberries. Our own strawberry patch is wild this year! It really spread and I can’t wait for the strawberries to begin to ripen. We are so close! I usually duck out first thing in the morning to pick them for breakfast, hoping to beat the birds and squirrels. Sometimes they win though, and that is ok. I can share.
Later this month we are going on a family trip to the Traverse City area with my brother and his family, my mom, and my sister-in-law’s mother. We all went in and rented a house that has a little private beach area and a fire pit and are excited to spend a long weekend there. We also have a few trips to the wineries planned this year, while the guys hang out with the kids. We have at least one beach day, some sightseeing, and hopefully some Moomers ice cream in our future. I am excited for the kids to have a family trip together, and we hope to go to this same place every summer to establish a tradition and some great memories.
I do have some other little trips lined up, to farms and farm markets and and hopefully, fingers crossed, a few date nights for Billy and I!
Yesterday we spent some time outdoors, in our favorite picnic spot. Billy and I were doodling and drawing and journaling while Wyatt was busy exploring around us. I had the opportunity to play around with my Wildflower Workbook by artist Katie Daisy (I love all of her stuff!) and one particular prompt had me thinking about what would be in my wildness tonic. I thought of so many – the call of a blue jay, the fiery leaves of autumn, snails and pine trees and acorns were some that came immediately to mind. I thought this was such a neat idea that I posed the question to Billy and Wyatt. I was so surprised at how many of Billy’s answers were related to water, and Wyatt was all about trees and birds.
What would be in your wildness tonic? Are you looking forward to anything in particular this month?