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“Summertime”

I thought I would have all this time in summer because we would be on a break from school. I'm not sure if it's my time management or what, but I am still scrambling! Our house is so much less clean and tidy than it used to be but that's because we are giving way to things that I believe matter more... like picking strawberries, baking a cake from them and making jam. Or going to a movie with friends. And stopping by the neighbors house to chat and paint a section of the fence. And exercise, always my day revolves around exercise. Right now family bike rides are more important than that 7 o'clock sharp bedtime for Maeve. Make believe and reading books and playing with friends. Those are some of the things that are owning our days right now. So yes, my house is messy and not so clean as I prefer it to be, but I have 6 jars of delicious strawberry jam all in a row on my counter and memories made with my darling daughters. 

Continuing to practice letting go... of what matters less. And embracing what matters most. Good, better, best. This doesn't come naturally to me. And maybe I was close to tears last night feeling like I'm not accomplishing anythings. But when I step back and take note of all these little things I'm doing, I need to pause and give myself a pat on the back. I'm doing alright. 

We always love going to Sundance lake when we are in Calgary. This last time we went with one of my sisters, one of Conor's sisters and Conor's parents. It's so fun to play in the water, hang out and eat snacks. Maeve holding Archer is so cute!

We spent a week at Echo Lake, Montana with Conor's family. There was so much good in the week. Here are the highlights:

  • Playing with my nieces and nephews
  • Sitting in the lake every afternoon with Maeve
  • Skinny dipping
  • Wake surfing
  • Watching Holly knee board
  • Ripping around on Nathan's sea doo
  • Catching a minnow with Lola
  • Tubing with Josh
  • Watching relationships between my girls and their cousins grow stronger

Last week, I took my girls to pick peaches. Oh yum they were delicious! I love heading up to the farmlands north of Spokane for fresh produce. This was a beautiful day! We made a few batches of peach crisp with the peaches and invited friends over to share it with us. It was lovely!

One of our biggest blessings of this summer has been connecting with my cousin, Jonica (my girls call her Auntie Jonica), and spending time with her and her family (my girls adore Georgia!) at their lake place in Cocolalla. Each day we have gone has been so fun! I look up to my cousin so much and I have loved learning more about her. It's been so good!

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