We eat dinner on the patio pretty much every night, giving us time to enjoy the sounds of nature and company of each other. Time to talk and enjoy and just be together.
Even the Wonder Dog is loving the slower pace of summer. She would NOT get out of bed yesterday.
Me? Well, I did have to get up and head in for summer school, but the fact that I'm getting up a 1/2 hour after I am normally at school during the year is wonderful!
This first week of summer school has been challenging. I don't ever recall coming into my 1st week and having to deal with issues as early on as I am this year. Never does a summer session go by without a little drama and stress, but usually not in the 1st week.
So what does a girl do? She loads up the kayak and heads to the lake. This particular kayak trip is special as I was meeting up with some friends who were borrowing kayaks to try it out & see how their daughter might handle the adventure before buying them for themselves.
I arrived to the lake about a 1/2 hour before the rest of the crew, so I had time to paddle around on my own and just enjoy the quiet, the sounds of the birds, the laughter of the kids on the distant beach and the lapping of the water against the sides of my boat.
The stress of the week literally melted off my shoulders into the depths of the lake. I can't even tell you how much a day on the water rejuvenates my mind & spirit.
I am a water girl - no doubt. Which is weird, because my mom couldn't swim & didn't get in the water all that often. She did like going to the beach, but her toes would stay planted in the sand. My dad liked swimming, but it just wasn't something our family did on a regular basis.
I do remember summer nights that were so hot & the house was stifling. These were nights that my dad would come home and we would load up the station wagon with towels and snacks. My sister & I would don our swimsuits, my little sister wasn't born yet, and we would head to a local lake. But first we would stop at the little drive in on the way for a quick burger.
We would head up to the public beach and spend an hour or so just loving the cooling waters and the late summer night. If mom hadn't packed snacks, we would stop at the ice cream parlor on the way home for a very special treat.
Perfect summer night!
Just as yesterday was a perfect summer afternoon. We spent over 3 hours just paddling, floating, laughing & playing on the water.
This little would scream like a girl making you think she was terrified, but in all actuality, she was loving every single moment on the water & climbing from boat to boat.
My kayak is more slender and tippy and you would never think of climbing in & out of it as they were able with these kayaks. Perfect for a family with little kids.There is absolutely NO family resemblance here, is there? Ha - funny! Talk about a mini me, attitude and actions are major likenesses in these 2!
We had a wonderful time on the water and I went home, after a stop for ice cream with everyone at our local ice cream shop of course, refreshed & relaxed. Even the phone call I got from my principal after I got home did not ruin the rest of my evening!
Today is Friday. My day off and it's a beautiful one so far! I have plans with my Wonder Dog to hit the dock this afternoon! We haven't been there since Memorial Day weekend as we've been busy with trying to adventures so far this summer.
Guess I better get rolling and finish up some business so my pooch & I can take advantage of the day!