Monday, July 15, 2013

Sweet Blessings

Are y'all enjoying the warm sunny days of summer as much as I am?  If so...then you understand why you haven't heard from me in nearly two weeks.  While I did plan to write more regularly during the month, I have come to realize that in some ways I am busier during the more unstructured days of summer.

In the past 13 days I have spent precious time with family and friends.  I have worked on school plans for our Scientist and our Engineer.  I have marked several items off my summer To Do List.  AND....I have worked on my July Quests.

Exercise
Most evenings, Hubby and I take a brisk walk around our neighborhood.  These walks have become cherished time of uninterrupted chats between the two of us.  Our talks consist of many different areas of concern, interest, and humor.

I've also been using some of my more free summer time to do some cleaning around the house. I'm finding that a good effort cleaning can be a good workout routine as well.  It's a double win!

Scrapbooking
I have also enjoyed quite a few hours of working on our family memories from 2004.  Over the last couple of weeks, I have strolled down a few memory lanes.  I did several pages of our family trip to Yosemite National Park.  It was the first time all four of us experienced the amazing wonder and beauty that is Yosemite.  It is such a true gift from God to our nation.

As I cropped, taped, and journaled these memories onto pages, I was reminded of the wide-eyed fun of that adventure....two little boys and their daddy climbing rocks, running among the giant Redwoods, and getting thisclose to real live deer....yes, a great family adventure for all four of us.

I also worked on pages and pages of photos from the Missoula Children's Theater musical our boys were in that year.  It was a very lively rendition of Alice in Wonderland.  Our Scientist played the King of Hearts and our Engineer played a tuxedo-wearing lobster.  It was as adorable as you might have imagined.

The boys were in the musical with several of their friends which made the whole experience even more exciting and special...and the memories even more touching. Needless to say...putting these pages together brought a few tears to the eye and a smile to my face.

The next set of photos I have been working on were taken that October at the local pumpkin farm. There are photos of our little guys in a huge field among giant pumpkins almost the size of them.  There are more pictures of them riding the little farm train, sticking their faces through the many cutout photo ops around the farm, and even panning for gold at the little pond.

There are so many sweet family memories at that little farm.  The five years we lived in the area, we went often during the fall.  There were so many activities, it would take several visits to get to all of them.

Sometimes I took the boys for a fun afternoon - just the three of us.  Other times we went on the weekend when Hubby could join us.  We also have many wonderful memories of visits to the pumpkin farm with several of our friends.

Truly, these past two weeks of my July Quests have been such a sweet blessing to me.  Not only have I exercised...but I have also enjoyed special time with Hubby.  Not only have I completed scrapbook projects I have been wanting to work on for a very long time, but I have been reminded of many precious family memories and times with special friends.

I hope whatever Quest you might be working on this month has been as fulfilling for you!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Puppy Love

Summer in the Midwest is proving to be as strange as winter in the Midwest....today we awoke to the sound of rain...again.  We are having a surprisingly spring-like summer.  We have had a few sunny, warm days, but we have had our share of rainy days as well.  Not only was it rainy today...but the temperatures hung in the mid 60s most of the day as well.  Now that is strange for July 2nd!

When I walked into the kitchen this morning, it was clear by the long list hanging on the refrigerator that we were in need of some groceries.  So...rain or shine...our Scientist and I grabbed the list and headed out to the grocery store.  

Thankfully it wasn't too busy in the store today, so we zoomed through it picking up all the goodies we will need for a little 4th of July feast.  I haven't completely settled on menu, so I grabbed a couple of options.  

On our way out of the store, I spotted a festive bouquet of flowers that I just couldn't resist.  So....while our Scientist loaded our groceries into the car (in the rain, I might add), I purchased the pretty flowers.

After we arrived home, the boys unloaded the bags of groceries while I put the food away in the kitchen.  Just then..in walked Hubby with my 4th of July bouquet in his hand.  He had a big smile on his face as he announced he brought me flowers today...for no reason.  I found it quite funny and love the beauty they bring to our kitchen...no matter who actually picked them out!

This evening, after dinner, I finally worked on my July Quests for today.

Exercise
The rain let up, so Hubby and I took a cool brisk walk around the neighborhood again tonight.  We opted to not take the Twins with us as it was still wet out.  We did however, invite the boys to join us, but they decided, once again, to do push ups and sit ups for their exercise today.

Scrapbook
After our walk, I sat down at my desk to work on a couple of scrapbooking pages.  When I pulled the next pages out, I discovered I was ready to work on a page for our dearly departed dog, Sophie Girl.  She was our first family dog and we loved her greatly the 11 years she was in our family.  She's been gone for nearly two years...and we miss her still today.  

Working on these pictures of Sophie Girl just made me smile because in some of the pictures our Scientist is drying her off with a pink towel after her bath.  

At the very moment I sat down to work on these pictures, our Scientist and Engineer were carrying our Twins upstairs for their baths.   Now we use that same pink towel to dry off our pups after their baths.  We do miss Sophie Girl dearly...but we delight in the memories we made with her...and our puppy love lives on with our two new pups.

Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1st...Already!

So..really... I still can't believe it's July 1st already!  But it is and...happily, for the first time in this 2013 Year Long Adventure, my family joined me in one of my July Quests today.  I am excited to have them sharing this month's adventure with me.

It was a busy day for me.  I spent quite a bit of timing chatting with Mom, Sister, and the Gourmet Hostess.  I also connected with Tea Queen and a couple others friends through text and messaging.  I worked on balancing last month's budget and checkbook, fixed a yummy dinner, and cleaned it up.  After all that, I made time to work on my Quests.

Exercise
After supper, Hubby and I took a brisk walk around the neighborhood with the Twins.  The pups kept us at a pretty good pace....walking with them is not what you would call relaxing.  Since we are doing Exercise Every Day as a Family Quest...Hubby also worked out on his lunch hour and our Scientist and Engineer did push ups and sit ups this evening.

Scrapbook
As soon as we came in from our walk, I began to pull out my scrapbooking supplies to organize and plan for what I will be doing this month.  I hate to admit it...but I'm so behind...I'm currently working on photos from 2004.  I already have pictures cropped and pages laid out for a few years, so that means I can spend my time decorating the pages, taping the pictures down, and journaling on each page.  

Tonight I got everything set up on my desk.  I am now completely prepared to sit down tomorrow and work on album 2004. The plan is to pick up right where I left off last time I scrapbooked a few months ago.  I can't wait!  Scrapbooking is a very relaxing and rewarding activity for me.  It's also...like this blog...a great creative outlet for me.

Tomorrow I have a few items on my Daily To Do list...and as soon as I get those checked off...I plan to sit down at my desk and enjoy some 2004 memories.  Come back tomorrow and I'll share some of those precious memories with you!