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.

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!

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!

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