Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lazy days

 I was sure it had been a month since I last posted on my blog, but I see it's only been a couple weeks.  Graduation already seems so long ago!  We are now knee deep in summer. 

The geraniums are potted and thriving on the front porch.  The freezer is packed from the last trip to Costco -- meat, fish and poultry for barbque, including hamburger and brats and buns.  Also, popsicles and of course ice cream with sugar cones in the pantry.  Because what is summer without spending evenings eating dripping ice cream cones, melting faster than we can lick them, while we're all gathered on the back porch?

My mornings consist of early rising (so much easier when I don't have to be up) and an hour on the back porch, with coffee, journal and a new favorite devotional book.  The kids all get to sleep in, but not for too long as this is the first summer that all three of them have jobs!  Joe has been working full time since last fall, Luke is coaching for little league baseball camps and Emily has a job with the city as a Junior Ranger -- cleaning up parks and gardens.  Hard work, but at 14 she's thrilled to be making money!  It's only half days, for five weeks, as the city tries to give as many kids as possible an opportunity to work.

All this, and baseball and softball games and practices.  On Wednesday, I realized I had been at games or softball practices for nine days straight. Hauling the cooler which is filled with water and Gatorade and assorted snacks, and my new lawn chair that has a footrest and umbrella.

Last weekend, Emily  had a tournament in Colorado Springs and Luke had one in Denver.  So, Dan and I split up, he took the one close to home since staying in a hotel is somewhat of a busman's holiday for him. Emily and I splurged on a nicer-than-usual (for us) hotel and had a girls' weekend.  Such fun!


I am trying to savor each and every moment of this season of bright sun and outdoor time and playful days..  With the help of this book, this summer will be an exercise in living in the moment versus rushing through each day.   It's one of those lessons that I need to learn and relearn and take remedial courses. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp is my morning reading, along with my favorite Oswald Chamber's Daily Devotional "My Utmost For His Highest."   I love it when something I'm reading in one reflects the other.  And I need that.  A nudge in the side and a hit over the head at the same time, as if to say, "did you get that?"

I hope to get back to posting some more, but the lazy days of summer seem to be taking over many areas of my life.  You should see the laundry room!

Til next time . . .

9 comments:

Mari said...

Enjoy the summer! I'm enjoying it too - it goes too fast.
I read the 1,000 Gifts book too, and thought it was wonderful.

Becky said...

Sounds like an amazing summer so far. You are so full of cheerful learning and doing all at the same time. I've read both those books and I love them too. You are not leaving any room for regrets as you enjoy every moment of every day. Eat a double scoop chocolate for me will ya?

Susanne said...

I don't feel like I've hit the lazy days of summer at all yet. It just turned hot today after so much rain and gray skies.

I read some of the 1st chapter of 1000 Gifts online and could not get into it at all. I never was good at the poetic, rambling sentence style of writing. I lose interest almost immediately.

Those sugar cone ice creams sound like something I need to go pick up! Enjoy your summer!

Judy said...

Oh, Ann Voskamp and Oswald Chambers...
What a way to start the day!

Country Dreaming said...

Have a great Summer and enjoy.
Come by sometime. :)

Melinda

Claudia said...

Sounds like a perfect summer, with all sorts of activity and fun!

xo
Claudia

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
WELCOME BACK.......MISSED ALL YOUR LOVELY POSTS.....YOU SOUND LIKE YOU ARE REALLY BUSY, BUT ENJOYING IT AT THE SAME TIME. HOW GREAT ALL THE KIDS ARE WORKING. BRAVO FOR EM, IT SOUNDS LIKE AN INTERESTING JOB.
WELL, ENJOY YOUR BOOK, AND TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF....LOVE YA, AUNT RIZ

Marilyn said...

Summer is finally here. If you make it our east, look for the barn quilts. Get directions from the Morgan County Barn Quilts site. (I don't know how to make a link in the comments). Enjoy the sweet days of summer in Colorado. ♥♫

Mereknits said...

Karen,
Glad you are having a lovely summer. Love that you had some special girl time with your daughter. We are busy here, but it is all good.
Happy Thursday,
Meredith