This week is back to school week and that means I can have my work day back! Don’t get me wrong. I have enjoyed the lazy mornings, trips to visit family, movie matinees with the boys, the warmer weather for gardening and house projects, and watching the boys enjoy the freedom of summer. We had lots of playdates, sleepovers, bike rides, afternoons at the pool, and evenings at the park. They did drama camp and sports camp and Marshall did his first week-long away-from-home camp. We’ve had a great time, but it will be nice to get back to a rhythm that gives me a quiet house for a few hours each day.
Other than the obvious things, like visiting our families and special time spent with the boys, I thought I would share my summer 2018 favorites…
Jeff started watching this reality show first and I sort of laughed at him for it until I got sucked in mid-way through season two. It’s a show featuring survivalists, outdoorsy-sorts, trappers, etc. living alone in the wilderness. (And other than routine medical checks, they are truly alone and capture all of their own footage.) The goal is simple… Whoever lasts the longest wins $500,000, but they have no idea how many people are left or how long they have to live in the wild on their own. The show is well made and it’s interesting to see different approaches and different personality types. (You can watch this show on Hulu.)
Great British Baking Show
Kriste told me to start watching this show about two years ago and I finally got around to it! I’m glad I finally did, because it is so delightful. The contestants are polite to one another and the judges are honest, but not nasty. It’s just enjoyable to watch and it makes me want to bake bread and cakes.
Guernsey Literary & Potato Peal Pie Society
I love period dramas and this new Netflix original hit all of the right notes for me. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should.
I Can Only Imagine
The boys were the ones who prompted us to see this and I’m so glad they did. I loved this movie so much. Even if you’re not a Mercy Me fan or if “Christian movies” aren’t your thing, this film is a powerful, real life testimony about changed lives and forgiveness.
I loved the time we spent at Rainy Lake early in the summer. While “roughing it” at a cabin isn’t really my thing, it was good for me to unplug and I loved watching the boys come alive around the water, with a fishing pole in their hands.
Girl’s Night Out & French Meadow
In mid-July, I went on a girl’s night out trip with three of my friends, who all happen to have birthdays in July. We went kayaking/paddle boarding, restaurant-hopped for dinner and dessert, and spent the night in a nice hotel. Other than the fellowship, breakfast was my favorite part! I was introduced to a delightful eatery – French Meadow. The breakfast menu was overwhelming and the pastries were out of this world. I can’t wait to eat there again.
Greens with Everything
And, since eating at French Meadow (they serve greens with their breakfast sandwiches), I have been putting a heap of greens on everything! Who knew salad for breakfast would be so tasty. I have been working on losing weight (down 7 lbs so far) and eating lots of greens has helped. I dress them lightly in olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt.
I shared about the Renaissance Academy of Fine Art classes I’m taking in a recent post, but it’s definitely worth putting on my list of favorites, too. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying art in a more formal capacity and I can see the improvement in my work. I still have along way to go, but it’s always fun to see progress in an area of discipline.
This song just makes me happy…
Picture in a Frame
And this song is so simple, but so pretty. I like the Tom Waits version (very Louis Armstrong-ish), but I found this sweet version on You Tube, so I thought I would share this one…
And, I got a lot of projects done this summer. I really enjoy productivity and home improvement, so it was fun to get some big projects checked off my list. Here were my favorites (and you can probably guess them)…
The dining room mural…
Of course, there were other highlights, including Calvin’s 10th birthday and even some upgraded gear we got to manage his diabetes, but those are the favorites that are more of a personal nature.
This was the boy’s first summer when they didn’t have a regular babysitter or day camp to attend, so it was a bit of a learning experience for all of us. At times, it was difficult for me trying to balance family and business and creative time and there were some things I had to put off until the fall. All in all, though, I feel like this was one of our best summers ever. The boys had a summer experience that was very similar to the ones Jeff and I remember as children…lots of free time to play with friends and bike around the neighborhood, visits to the grandparents, and some fun trips, camps, and outings sprinkled in.
I hope you had a good summer as well. What were some of your favorites?