Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along :: 

"Summer afternoon- summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."
- Henry James 

The warm weather snuck in one night and has settled upon us. It has slowed down our pace and given me more time to knit and read. I had put down the knitting needles last month because we had so much going on with birthdays, family events, and general busyness. Thankfully for us, summer is right around the corner and the pace will slow. I picked back up a shawl I was working on and I am beginning to knit the descending section. I have wound up two skein of radiant yarn for both my girls. They are young but interested in yarn and knitting. I need to find a project for them that will be both easy and fun. I am thinking some pom-pom necklaces and garland for their room. I am thinking of casting on another project just to give myself something different for each day. 

A new edition of Taproot arrived yesterday and I am working on finishing up First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. 

Happy Knitting! xo. 

joining Ginny of small things

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summer Slow Down

:: Summer Slow Down ::

Memorial Day Weekend is over and just like that, the beginning of summer is upon us. My focus has begun to shift from our "busy" schedule, to a more relaxed pace. (In full disclosure, we are not "busy" people because I hate over-scheduling us and running around every day of the week.) Our oldest will finish the school year and summer will be in full swing. 

It got me thinking about how and what we would be doing this summer. It is the time of the year when  the days are long and they melt into cool evenings spent outdoors. I don't ever want to waste a single second of the summer. It is a golden time of play, relaxation, and family. I want a soulful rhythm to envelope our days. I will try and make this happen. It won't be perfect. I can't make our lives perfect because they are imperfect. Some days will be filled with fun activities, swimming, hiking, and friends. Everyone will get along perfectly and not a hair will be out of place. Other days will be disasterous where the humidity has taken its toll, disagreements will ensue, and the dreaded boredom will rear his ugly head. I hope that in those moments will find the perfect in the imperfect. Then it will be the perfect moment to step back, settle down, and be. Whether it is reading a book or taking a 10 minute quiet time out to just re-focus (and I am talking about me, not just the kids). 

To me, summer should be about doing all the things that we don't get to do during the year.  So I am sharing my summer manifesto.  A proclamation of summer in our home. It is going to hang in our kitchen so that when I feel like everything going wrong I can gently be reminded that we are right where we are supposed to be. 

A Summer Manifesto. 

Projects will be started on our kitchen table, crafts may take several days, and there will be glitter. Lots of glitter. The children will stay up later, eat lots of popsicles, and swim until I think I see gills growing on them. We will pick strawberries in the hot sun and have ice cream for lunch. I will write more, sew more, and experiment in the kitchen more. We will eat salad. We will eat more salad. Bonfires will be built and s'mores made. Overnights at the grandparent's house. Friendship bracelets will be made. Toy trucks will be run through the dirt and mud. Laundry will languish for another day while bathing suits will become standard attire for the day. No socks. Socks and shoes will be hidden away until the crisp air of autumn sneaks back in. The cleaning can wait. We will get bored but in this boredom will come creative new ways to have fun. The television and Netflix watching will become ancient relics because it will be far better to watch the sun set in the evening sky. Day trips. Trails will be hiked. Wild animals will make appearances and we will name them all. Sidewalk chalk and dirt will settle on our hands and feet as we create beautiful masterpieces on the walk in front of our home. We will eat vegetables. Zucchini cooked million different ways. And we will love as we say goodnight each night even if the day is one I would rather not repeat because even in those imperfect moments there was love and family. 

Summer is upon us and the memories are there for the making. We will make it a good one. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Weekend Post

A long holiday weekend was enjoyed by all in our family. This weekend was Memorial Day weekend and while we had so much fun with family and friends we did take pause to offer up gratitude and peace to those who fought so valiantly and gave their lives protecting the freedoms we enjoy every day. 

Our weekend: 

* Friday night- we headed off to Wolf Trap in Virginia to see or rather experience A Prairie Home Companion. My husband has listened to this show his whole life and when we married it became a weekend tradition. I am most definitely a Garrison Keillor fangirl and will miss him this fall as he is retiring. However, I am looking forward to his replacement Mr. Chris Thile. It will be different but still our weekend tradition. It was such a great time and it was so cool to be around people like us. (NPR weekend crowd) 

* Saturday- was both relaxing and an opportunity to move slowly through the morning as the kiddies were offer visiting the grandparents. 

* Saturday night- we went over to our friend's home for a cookout and backyard fun with their family. Good food and friends makes a late spring evening just about perfect. 

* Sunday we spent the day with my family visiting Longwood Gardens in PA followed by another cookout at my brother's home. 

* Today we finished up our long weekend with the first swim of the season in my parent's pool followed by homemade pizza tonight. 

Not a bad start to the summer months ahead and all of our adventures. We will be busy making memories and building a life. I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. 

Peace and Blessings. xo. 

joining up with Karen of Pumpkin Sunrise