I will post pictures of all the awesome stuff going on outside, but I've got a full day ahead and it's not going to rain tomorrow (or the next day or the day after that) so I'll get to it later this week. Meanwhile, it is mid-summer and life is GOOD here. Really, really good:
Sent Mr. T off to his first week of camp--in a van filled with fellow Minecrafters. He spent the entire ride discussing this latest passion and the forecast for his week Up North is pleasant and balmy.
Despite the stress on our lawn, trees and flower beds due to this dry weather, our prairie looks magnificent. Those plants handle any extreme weather and we've got coneflower, bee balm, black eyed susan, ox eye sunflower and lots of other stuff thriving. Just a few steps beyond our yard to enjoy a healthy garden.
Seeing Mr. B deepen his faith and dig into his Bible on his own.
Play dates on the calendar! For kids of all ages!
A nest full of baby robins on my potting bench. They crane their necks and open their beaks at the slightest sound. Mr. G, Mr. B and I can't get enough of watching them. If we sit quietly on the hammock for long enough, they forget we're there and we get to watch their mother feed them.
Cooler nights makes for better sleeping and easier weeding in the garden. Still awfully impressed at the fortitude of these unwanted plants. And I'm always glad to have my house open again, nothing separating me from the Great Outdoors except a screen (when I absolutely have to be inside).
Swimming laps in the evening when the boys are done splashing. It's peaceful. The birds flutter past while I skim through the water, the sky is always clear over head and the colors of sunset add to the serenity of the moment. Zen in the water. If I could hook up a "swimming camera" to my head, I would so I could replay the scene over in the winter.
Playing "A my name is Annie, I live in Alaska..." with Team Testosterone and realizing that their knowledge of geography is pretty solid.
S'more pie. (Probably no photos of that, I bet we finish eating it before I get my camera out.)
Spill it, reader. What's really, really good in your neck of the woods?