We are almost two weeks in to summer and in some ways I can't believe it has already been two weeks but on the other hand it feels much longer.
Before I get to summer though, let me just take a moment to brag on Emma who finished up the school year by making High Honor Roll. I'm not much of a bragger because bragging is obnoxious. So prepare for my obnoxiousness. I've never mentioned that this girl has been in the High Ability program at school since third grade and is an A student. This year brought some extra challenges with having some not great teachers and really challenging changes. She really worked to accomplish her goal of straight A's and I'm very proud of her hard work and determination. To me it's not so much about the grades, it's about putting in the full effort! Way to go Emma Grace!
We are getting used to our new routine here, having small adventures and enjoying the relaxed schedule. We are finding time for tree climbing and exploring the river that runs behind our house.
We spent some time at Grandpa's farm in Missouri where we get to experience a completely different kind of life and spend some quality time with this guy.
Em is in her element there, driving the gator, exploring
and eating as many strawberries as she can pick.
We've also carved out time for gazing at the clouds on a quilt in the backyard
and for picnic lunches, don't forget the lemon bars please!
There have been rousing games of trouble on the front porch where everyone is required to participate, including dogs and college age daughters who no longer live at home, take summer classes, work 2 jobs but who still find time to come home and eat regularly every week!
There has been plenty of crafting, but sadly it has all been from Emma who is currently obsessed with all things dollhouse and miniature and can be found making a mess in my studio every day. I plan on spending the afternoon in there today while she is playing at a friend's house to balance things out.
There has even been time for cat naps.
We are not people who enjoy being busy. We love our small, quiet life. Last night we sat on the back porch listening to the trees rustling and the noises of our little Village and were just perfectly content to stay right there. So far this summer has been everything I had hoped it would be. For me, the small moments are actually the big moments. They are the bits that gather up to tell the story of our lives.
I hope you are also enjoying your summer so far.