Sunday, August 21, 2011

lazy summer days

I have always been a busybody. Moving on from one thing to another, rarely taking breaks or spending much time relaxing. I've just always felt that I need to be serving a purpose at all times. If I'm not at work, I'm working at home. I really struggle with dissaray and disorder. This is not a good thing when you have children. I have wrestled with this for the past 9+ years of motherhood. I know I need to let things go, but its so hard for someone like me to do.

But I've been working on it.

This summer, I've really tried to put things in perspective. Yes, there are plenty of weeds that need pulling. carpets that need cleaning. Papers waiting to be sorted and filed. Projects abandoned. A storage room that turned into a dumping ground during the remodel. And so on....and on....and on. You know the drill.

Instead of obsessing about it, (well, ok I still do), I am focusing on a bit more relaxing and fun time with my family. Lounging at the beach with my kiddos and friends. Going to splash pads. Sleeping in a bit later. Coffee with girlfriends. Kayaking, luau-ing, wine tasting. Floating in the pool. Camping. Baseball games with our scout friends. Visiting with my husband. Reconnecting and healing old wounds. It's so unlike me to give myself so much downtime. And guess what?

It's pretty damn nice.

Friday, August 19, 2011

kayak and wine tasting

Last night we spent the evening with our friends Steve and Barb on a kayak and wine tour. It was a warm, beautiful night!

Ready to get in the water! This was Paco's first time kayaking..

Steve and Barb...they were naturals!
 Barb and I, enjoying some wine...
 A beautiful evening paddle!
 Paco and I...notice I spent alot of time making him do the hard work while I took pictures...
Another great adventure!

Monday, August 15, 2011

It was an early morning for me today, with lots of kisses and snuggles from Oscar, who was very eager for me to get out of bed (and feed him). So now the two of us are sitting on the couch, with one of us buried down under the blanket. Dachshunds are so funny about this. He loves nothing more than sleeping under a pile of blankets or pillow.

Have I mentioned we're smitten with this guy? He's been a perfect fit in every way for us, and has helped fill the sad void left when we lost Jake a few months ago.

Yesterday was a great day of kayaking on the Little Spokane river. Beautiful weather and a rowdy group of folks. One guy in particular was an obnoxious drunk, but we managed to stay ahead of him most of the trip (mainly because he kept falling out of his kayak. HA).

Ginni and I ready to hit the water!

Beware: hat hair...
 The view from my perspective..
part of our group...there were 13 of us.
Us girls...
 Luau time!!
See what I mean? Lots-o-fun. Hooray!

On a completely unrelated note...I'll be posting tonight or tomorrow about how my weight loss is (or isn't?) going. That used to pretty much be the focus of my blog, but I seem to have veered away from it. The good news is I'm getting back on track and it's time to finish the job!

Really! Pinky swear!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

business of summer

It has been a busy, great summer. Lots of water, sun and relaxation. By nature I'm not much of a "relaxer", but have done a good share of it this summer. Time at the cabin, camping, relaxing on the deck, watching the kids play and conversation with friends. Have I mentioned my friends ROCK? A group of us are heading to a women's retreat at Camp Sweyolakan in 26 short days. Not that I'm counting. Last year there was only 4 of us, this year there will be 9.

I am SO excited about it, because I'll be doing this...

 and THIS....
 Oh, and lets not forget THIS!!
 and I'll end my evenings with my girlfriends sitting HERE...

and then I'll cozy up and go to sleep HERE...

 and the next day I'll look rested and happy like THIS....
 Ahhhhh...I can feel the breeze now...

Today my friend Ginni and I are heading out on a kayak and luau adventure. Sadly, my steady kayaking partner Amanda couldn't make it, which makes us both sad, sad, sad.


We will make up for it tomorrow when we take our kiddos and dogs to the park/beach. Then, on Thursday our friends Barb and Steve will be joining Paco and I on a late evening kayak and wine tour. I'm so excited we got the boys in on the action! I don't know who came up with the idea of wine and kayaking mixed, but I love them. A whole lot.

and that's all.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Meet the newest member of our family, Oscar.

We are all very smitten.