July rushed by in a blur of activity.
Just like always.
It seems there is a lot of living to be done between June 30th and August 1st!
But in the middle of the busy there were moments to capture, to cherish, to remember.
Like our annual family camping trip to Dolliver.
It was a time anticipated for weeks; circled on the calendar like a oasis in the busyness of summer.
Four generations gathered together. Remembering old memories. Making new ones.
Easily falling into traditions that were years in the making.
Slipping into the Dolliver schedule like a long lost friend.
Naps under shade trees.
A sock hop.
Playing games till all hours of the night.
Talking, sharing, laughing.
Being with the precious people we call family.
It’s a tradition that defines our summers.
A weekend to pause and refresh and remember.
Happy 4th of July!
It’s 101 degrees here today. That’s actual air temperature. I don’t want to know what the heat index is.
We brought our picnic inside and pitied the poor soul who had to stand by the grill and cook it for us.
We opted out of the parade later this afternoon – although there’s some talk amongst the kiddos about fireworks just over the border tonight.
But not me.
After celebrating all weekend with my family at the hottest family camp-out in recent history – I plan on enjoying this mid-week holiday in the comfort of my AC.
I’m going to lay on my couch sipping my ice tea fondly remembering the sweat dripping down my back.
Yes – I do mean fondly.
It was a wonderful weekend – despite the heat.
We just had to be more creative to stay cool.
Like spending the afternoon sitting in the creek with my sisters, enjoying all 3 inches of water and talking.
Or sitting around with our feet in the wading pools watching the kids have water balloon fights.
Or – for the more desperate ones – sitting in the walk-in cooler drinking raspberry lemonade.
Nope. A little heat didn’t stop us from making memories. We just drank more water, threw more water and played with more water.
But now I’m played out.
My couch is waiting, my tea is icing, and I am smiling.
Have a wonderful holiday!