Summer is unfolding at a slow, leisurely, unhurried pace - just the way I like it.
My mom has come for a week-long visit and gone already this summer. Weekend hikes and afternoon ice cream rewards are cementing themselves into an easy rhythm.
We've been invited to early morning breakfast dates, complete with quick snuggles from a baby with the best bedhead in town, as well as an epic introduction to bacon & yogurt stuffed Swedish pancakes. I love that we could say yes to this invitation because, hey, we aren't totally overbooked this summer.
Summer starts off not being my favorite time of year, but then it quickly woos me with its longer days, farmers' markets and the option to sleep in late a few days a week. Spontaneous beach romps and trips to the library can most likely be accommodated because we don't have 27 other things filling up the pages of our calendar.
This year, I purposely didn't cram our summer schedule full of obligations and I feel really good about the way our days are flowing along. The school year started off with a bang last year and in an effort to say "yes" to new opportunities for my son, I felt burnt out by the school year's end. I know I'm not alone in this feeling of overwhelm when June finally hits and I think our family definitely welcomed this summer break. I'm still working a bit and just started taking a class at the local college, but life feels less rigid and scheduled right now and it's been a treat to have flexibility in our everyday life routines.
I guess the theme of our summer could be a different kind of learning - not that I normally theme out our summers, but for the sake of this blog post, let's go with it, eh? I'm working on a family history project that will take me back four generations and my son is attending multiple week-long tennis & skateboard camps to hone and develop some skills for two of his favorite sports. My husband has an old back injury that has recently sidelined him for a few weeks. His body is forcing him to slow down and in the process he is learning how to properly rehabilitate his back, as well as slowly instilling the practice of listening to his body and developing patience along the way. Our bodies are funny like that, aren't they? Taking over when we no longer listen to them. He's on the mend, but it was hard seeing him in such pain and feeling so helpless earlier this month.
We all seem to be in a state of openness and growth right now.
We have embarked on a another mother & son journal project for the summer. The pages of our journals will be filled with daily side-by-side self-portraits. We're taking the "selfie" to a new level in our household and let me tell you, it's the perfect project for a tween because they just love looking at themselves. The exercise is made sweeter by the fact that I am not a portraitist AT ALL, but my son encourages me daily and we laugh quite a bit during the process. Our only rule is that you can't spend too much time on it. Two to five minutes - max. Otherwise, you get too fussy and self-conscious (or at least I do).
I hope you're enjoying your lazy days of summer.
What fun things do you have planned? I'd love to hear about it.