When I was a little girl, one of my very favorite things to do; some of my most cherished memories I had with my dad, were the times when we'd lay on the floor together in front of the fireplace, me on his outstretched arm, and "make plans". The anticipation and discussion of all the exciting things we'd do in the future.
I haven't outgrown this love.
I find myself doing this especially at the beginning of each new season. Summer especially. I think of what I want this time to be. The things I want to do. The essence of it all. The memories I want to provide and make with my children.
Looking back at previous years plans, I see that my ideas haven't really changed all that much.
So here's to the summer of 2012.
(P.S. What are your summer plans. What is it about summer that you love? Do share!)
~ mountain canyon campfire. Roasting marshmallows. S'mores.
~more time for books.
~day hikes and excursions with the kids. Goblin Valley, Arches (red rock country), and the nearby mountain trails.
~fly the flag all summer long.
~celebrate Independence Day. The hot air balloon launch. The parade. The family bar-b-que. The fireworks.
~eat corn on the cob.
~ cut flowers and herbs from the yard. Bring the beauty inside. Make arrangements.
~say goodbye to Gary as he embarks to Finland . Ivana, too.
~after dinner, cool in the evening walks around the neighborhood.
~invite people over. Practice hospitality.
~make homemade ice cream.
~stay up past our bedtimes.
~family board game tournaments.
~find joy, peace, and abundance in the garden. Harvest and share. Everything with thanksgiving.
~support local farmers by stopping at road side produce stands.
~enjoy the various community farmer's markets.
~run the dehydrator.
~play in the water and sand when we head to Bear Lake.
~celebrate Isaac's birthday.
~ take the kids on individual back-to-school shopping outings.