Summer. It seems to be going by in a flash. While it's my least favorite season (each season has something to love), I am not ready to pack lunches and set the alarm clock every day. Of course there is a part of me that craves a schedule and not melting when I walk out the door but I'm still hoping to slow this pace down for the time we have left. I don't know how much time that is exactly, because I refuse to look at the calendar and count the days.
This past week Emma had ballet camp and last Friday she performed at an assisted living home with her class. We met the sweetest ladies and in particular, a lovely lady named Betty. Here's what I know for sure, when I get old I want to be a Betty. The next day we went to a different home that we've started visiting so Em could read to the residents of the memory care wing. Harry Potter of course, because what else would you read?
I find that I've been in the mood to cook and bake a lot lately which is honestly kind of strange for me during summer, in my not-especially-insulated old house kitchen.
I made these Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies last Saturday and they were gone by last night. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. I made mine bigger than the recipe called for because we like a substantial sized cookie in this house. A treat ought to feel like a treat. Also, that way when I take half a cookie I'm getting more bang for my buck. Also, more calorie.
Things have slowed down this week, for which I am thankful. I woke up Monday morning with a back flare up which sort of forces the slow down but I've learned to listen to my body. We wrapped up Emma's 3 1/2 month bathroom renovation this past week and are just working on the finishing touches now. She has officially moved out of our bathroom and I am more than a little thrilled to not be sharing one little sink with two other people. No one is happier than Em is though. I bet she has said she loves her new bathroom at least 10 times in the last day! I can't wait to share the project with you. I'm more than a little jealous of her new space and might have to sneak in there and pretend it's mine when she goes back to school!
This summer has been very good to us and now that we don't have the big project hanging over us, I hope we can really just relax and enjoy the rest of it. In two days we celebrate our big girl turning 23! 23! In the blink of an eye people. Enjoy every moment young mommas. Well except the ones that include cleaning up gross stuff. You don't have to enjoy those.