Saturday, August 16, 2014

It's Closing In....


My Birthday is Monday.
And although I like my Birthday, because who doesn't?... it also signals the beginning of the school year for us.
And more importantly, it means the end of Summer vacation.
Sigh.
This year we start school on my birthday.





As always, this Summer went by way too fast.
It was a weird Summer for sure- first, because it's the first Summer in years I have worked and second,
it has been an unseasonably cool Summer and for a good majority of it- just hasn't really felt like Summer.

While I can't say that I am ready for school to start and I can't say that I am absolutely not ready for it to start, either.
The school supplies have all been bought and I took the day off of work and the kids are definitely not dreading the beginning of another
year... But at the same time they don't seem as excited as usual for the start of a new year either.

I think that collectively we have this sort of "mehhh" feeling about all of it.






But like it or not, these strange, sometimes cool, often rainy and occasionally hot days of Summer vacation are coming to a close.
While it has felt beyond strange at times, it has also been bust and full, lazy and packed, fun and ordinary, typical and atypical--
all of it mixed up together.
I will most definitely miss that feeling of freedom and a different set of rules that Summer brings to our lives.


I have to admit, when I think about having a 2nd grader and a 4th grader,  my stomach drops a bit.
These years and days and Summers just don't slow down.

////////////

Have no fear, I will be back this week with my compulsory Back To School post along with everyone else whose children start back this week.

Happy weekend!













Saturday, August 9, 2014

St. Louis In Instagrams


Since I'll have more pictures from another little last minute Summer get-away to St.Louis next week, I thought of share
these from the end of July.  {I started this post back then...}

:::::::::::::::::: 

Last weekend we spent a very   H   O   T   and fun couple of days in St.Louis.
And when I say hot that doesn't even begin to describe the suffocating humidity, but even with that, it was so much fun.
BUT MAN,  IT WAS HOT.
Like sitting on a bench under a tree and having sweat run down you back all the way to your butt
kind of hot.
Ewww.
Yep, I said it. And yep, it happened.


Any little break from reality is always good as far as I am concerned though, even if it's only for a few days.
Weekend get-aways that are not too, too far from home are easy and not stressful and pretty much my favorite thing ever.


Just a few of my favorite things about this mini Road Trip... 

Stopping for donuts at Casey's on our way out of town
Little House On The Prairie marathons
Gas station snacks + candy
Looking for out of state license plates
Coffee for the road
Having actual uninterrupted conversations while the kids watch LHOTP with their headphones on



////////////

St. Louis in Instagrams.... 



The Missouri Botanical Gardens are beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.
I want to go back for a day by myself, just me and my camera.
I think I could spend forever there if it wasn't 500*.



Ahhhhhhh......
Beautifully amazing place. So cool. 
And the Lego sculptures were seriously one of the coolest things I have ever seen, like ever.
I need to do a separate post on that soon though.
I am definitely a Lego mom, but even if you aren't?
Amazing stuff.

//////////

Exploring the city....





Oh, St. Louis... I do love you.















Sunday, August 3, 2014

Screaming Summer


This. 
This right here is Summer to me. 
Funnel cakes and lemon shake-ups, the rides and the colors.
The lights at night, the slides at the Carnival, figuring out how to use your tickets... 




Slow down Summer, we are not quite ready to see you go yet... 
We still have quite a bit to do!


////////////






Tuesday, July 29, 2014

{Virtual Coffee}


Good morning.
Happy, happy Tuesday to you.

It's Tuesday morning and nothing like a cool, random Tuesday morning to wake up and have coffee before everyone else gets up.
I said cool.... I did, like 60* cool.
In July.
Weirdest weather ever for July in Illinois.
They are actually saying that we are experiencing the coolest July in recorded history this Summer.
It's super bizarre and just doesn't seem right... I mean, don't get me wrong, these 75* days are beautiful but we really REALLY
want more swimming weather.




So grab yourself a cup of coffee and get comfy and let's talk all things   S U M M E R, because even
if it feels more Fall-like around here, it is Summer after all.
And seeing that we only have 3 weeks left of Summer vacation as of yesterday, we are squeezing every last bit of Summer
out of everything that we can.

Yesterday I ran into Walgreen's and found a clearance section of Summer/pool things marked 70% off!
I stocked up on chalk, goggles, diving toys and mask & snorkel sets.
I was so excited when I snatched up the mask & snorkel sets for 1.99 because it will be nice once the kids promptly lose/break
them knowing that I didn't pay much at all for them. Right?
So when I got home from work the kids didn't seem to care at all that it was in the mid-70's and breezy, they jumped right
in and gave those new masks a work out!

Don't you remember when you were a kid swimming no matter how cold the water was?
I do, I remember my lips turning blue and teeth chattering and still telling my mom I wasn't cold.
Those were the days....




To be honest, because I am working part-time now,  I am feeling like Summer has gone even faster than usual
and that there are still so many things we wanted to do that I know aren't going
to happen now.
Nothing too unrealistic really, but there are only so many hours in the day.
We have knocked plenty of things off of our list though and I off of my personal list as well.
Because yes, moms have lists, too and there are things I want to do, start, accomplish as well....
It's not all about the kids and their lists, y'all.




Saturday morning Charlotte and my mom and I went to the Farmer's Market and I was reminded why
I need to go every Saturday morning... for the  f  l  o  w  e  r  s   if nothing else.
Because really, huge sunflowers for $1 each?
Yes, please!
And this sweet little bouquet of flowers for $4... and succulents for $2.
We also got peaches and herbs and tomatoes but the flowers... sigh.


If we were really meeting for coffee this morning you would have to tell me all about your Summer so far...
Trips? Activities? Camps? School?
This year since having a babysitter for a few days a week I have been wishing a little that I had signed the kids up for a couple
of day camps, or 1/2 day camps just to keep them busy-- but I didn't.






Well, my cup is just about empty and it's time for e to get ready for work... it's Tuesday so the
kids get to spend the day with their grandparents today... so thankful for that!
No worrying about them sitting in front of the Wii/ipod/tv all day today anyway... whew.

////////


Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by here today.
Now if only I was having a real live coffee date this morning... that would be perfect.









Saturday, July 19, 2014

Perfect Summer Saturday Night


There are so many reasons to love Summer and Summer nights specifically. 
Too many to list really. 
Here is one of my most   f  a  v  o  r  i  t  e   ways to spend a Saturday night in the Summer...


Twinkle lights
Prayer flags 
Candles- lots of them
Incense 
Glass of wine





Not pictured might just be my laptop and Season 6 of The Gilmore Girls. 
Just maybe. 
I'm still hoping to be Lorelei Gilmore when I grow up...
I'm a little afraid I'm running out of time though. 
Little bit.
Doesn't it sound just lovely ?



Happy Weekend to you !



/////////








Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How Summer Is Working For Us... Or Not /// Part 2


So a while back I talked about how we were going to "DO" this Summer, how we were going to make it work with me going
back to work after not working in the Summer for like 100 years now.
You can read that whole post about me goling back to work and stuff here if you want.
Okay, maybe not quite that long, but I have never worked over the Summer since having kids.
Almost 10 years... 100 years... same thing.
Practically.
Anyway.
I'm going to be honest, this Summer has been a little off... as in just not a typical Summer for us.
Not all bad, I don't mean that... just different and it feels a little "off" for me anyway.
If you want to know the truth, it  has been a little difficult to not be in control of the kid's days and how they are spending them,
or not spending them.




I don't consider myself a controlling, planning, scheduling kinda person at all but this has still been a little hard for me.
There are things I want the kids doing and things I don't want them doing... you know.
And I can have guidelines, give ideas, have things available for them to do... but still.
It's different.
I'm not there all day.
I can't say;  enough of this, more of that, let's try this, let's make something, let's start on this project, etc.

If you're anything like me, you have a picture in your head of how things will go--  the first day of school, vacations, Summer vacation, etc.
I do not want or expect things to be magical or perfect, I'm not that mom, but I have definitely had
to let go of my plans for the Summer and deal with the reality of how it is instead.
And I should add here that it's not all bad, not at all... sometimes I am just dramatic and whiny.
My work days are not long and I am home more than I am not home.
It's been an adjustment though for sure.

This Summer has not really been typical all the way around though.
We have had a lot of rain and unseasonably cool weather(upper 70's all this week? Sat what?!), which means less pool time
which just makes it feel like even less than a  "typical Summer".
It's gotten down into the lower 60's overnight many nights in a row now... it's so weird.
And it's beautiful weather, but feels a little too much like Fall for mid-July.





In the end it will all work out, I know this.
And a lot of it is ME(yes, me) letting go of  how I thought this Summer would be, how I thought it
would look and feel for us.
And sometimes it's really hard to let go of those expectations, huh?
Someone please tell me I am not alone here.
You do thos too sometimes... Right?
Sometimes this Mama is a slooooow learner, but I'll get there.



/////////










Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Succulents + Thrifted Cup = Happiness



I bought a set of these little tea cups about 2 years ago at a thrift store(I think) and they have  just been sitting in my
china cabinet waiting to be used. 

I think I finally found the perfect use! 
Don't you ?
So, so cute. 
And a new use for a favorite birdy mug, a terra cotta pot one of the kids painted and a vintage bright blue coffee can.
Happy



Sometimes the littlest, simplest things make me so happy. 
Now to fill the rest of my little tea cups and gaze at this little backyard corner... 







Have a happy day. 

/////////









A Look Back: