We took summer down in big happy gulps, living by some unwritten rule that we would just go where the wind took us...a hot and sweaty day? To the beach. In an exploring mood? Grab the bikes and a picnic and go. Boredom setting in? Perfect...pack a blanket and some books and head to the lake. It kind of didn't matter what we were doing, as long as we were together. Summer camps and over-scheduling for the boys was not on the menu these past two months, and all that free time made us all the more prepared to head into this new school year today.
Wee blossoms...the first of the mum flowers always a certain indication that summer is winding down.
My fourth grader excitedly woke ready to take on a new school, a new grade and a new year. Made it all the harder for Julen for whom Kindergarten doesn't start until Wednesday. Phew. Just enough time for me to stitch together his nap blanket for school (I love that they still nap in Kindergarten-I know many schools have given up on this tradition, but the five-year-old children really DO still need it!). We picked out the fabric last week...robots and orange. Julen's two new obsessions.
I finalized all the paperwork I need to do for the start of my new preschool year. I know that most of my parents probably don't care that I use my hand carved stamp and spend time drawing a willow tree on the front of each manual, but it's important and fun for me, so I do it anyway. Postcard writing for tomorrow.
Finally...making me happy today is my silk and glass bead bracelet. A gift from my sister.
It's a steamy one here in Minneapolis this week...we are on day three of temperatures in the upper 90's with still more to come...hope it's cooler where you are!