Summer of ’17
In two days it will be September. This weekend is Labor Day weekend. Ollie goes back to school next Tuesday. I know many people who will argue with me and say that summer is not over until the Autumnal Equinox late in September and from a meteorological standpoint, you are so right about that. I am sure we’ll have warm days into September. But mentally for me when that calendar hits September and school is part of our routine again, summer is over.
We had a wonderful summer. I wrote a “bucket list” at the beginning of summer but I knew we wouldn’t hit every single thing. And we didn’t. But that’s OK. Honestly, we had kind of a lazy and relaxing summer and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
This was the summer of travel. We spent a week in Itasca. Nate had to travel for work for a few days. We visited Duluth for Thomas and Friends. If we go all the way back to May (which I guess was technically spring) we went to Branson. So it was a busy few months with things like that. They were good trips with good memories.
This was the summer of less eating out at restaurants and more picnic style lunches at taprooms, playing games and relaxing.
This was the summer of gardening, yard work and fixing the deck. Nate took his time with most of this but it all got done and it looks great.
This was the summer of spontaneous picnics at parks or barbecues in the backyard with family or friends.
This was a summer filled with lots of disc golf.
This was the summer Ollie more or less gave up napping and while I dreaded it a little because I’d lose my lazy summer afternoons on the deck, it worked out better than I imagined. The additional time we have had together has been worth it.
This was a summer of Farmers Market visits and enjoying produce from our own garden. Grilled pizzas and brats and corn and hot dogs and smoked chicken wings and other delicious food prepared by our wonderful chef Nate.
This was a summer with fun adventures to the Children’s Museum, the Como Zoo and Como Town, flea markets, disc golf tournaments, parades, festivals, capped off with the MN State Fair last week.
This was a summer of fun events with friends. 5ks, Blogger Bashes, book club meetings, Lularoe pop ups, clothing swaps, smiles and laughs all around.
This was a summer of transitions. Ollie now sleeps in a regular bed instead of a toddler bed. We rearranged the living room. We’re working on cleaning out the basement. I’m changing the way I think of “things” and what truly matters.
This was a summer I loved because no matter what we did or didn’t do, I was with the people I love. That’s what summer should be about right?
My eyes are now on Fall. I’m ready for cool days, crunchy leaves, apples, hoodies, bonfires, school days and pumpkins. Bring it on. But thank you Summer 2017. You were one of the gems.