What else happened this summer

Yeah, kind of a theme for the week – trying to catch everyone up on my summer while getting back into the swing of writing.  Bear with me… I’m also adjusting to this whole homeschool thing.

We had a blast on our month long road trip. I could (and should) share some amazing photos and stories and thoughts.  Give me time, I’ll get there. But first, I want to catch you up on the funny parts.

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Summer in Idaho – Part of my vacation

Remember I said we took the entire month of June for a family vacation?  Part of our time was spent with family in Idaho.  We were in a small (300 square foot) cabin on the edge of McCall and it was amazing.  We loved the time we spent with family and all of the outdoor stuff we could do that you can’t exactly DO in suburban Houston. [Read more…]

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Labor Day Weekend Summer Recipe Roundup

 

It’s Labor Day weekend!  The official last weekend of summer grilling and cookouts.   In honor of the weekend of summer cooking, I’m rounding up my favorite summer recipe posts from the past two years.

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Summer Truths – One last time

I can’t bid a farewell to summer without pausing to look back at what I’ve learned over the past few months.

Oh, who am I kidding.

Sprinkled throughout my posts this summer were a nice sprinkling of “summer truths.”  I’ve jotted down several pages of them in my writer’s notebook too.  I thought it would be fun to round them up and maybe laugh at them.

I started with truth #100.  No reason.

Summer Truths

100.  Sandals and flip flops mean that no one has to wear socks. [Read more…]

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A Farewell to Summer – At least in my mind

In honor of Labor Day and the traditional end of summer, this week I’m bidding a (not so fond) farewell to summer.  After a week of back to school, I figure I might as well.

Maybe next week I’ll talk about apples.  No worries, I won’t suddenly share a week of apple crafts and decor ideas and recipes.  I’m still not that kind of a blog.  (I may make fun of a few… how fun would that me?  Hmmm…  I AM feeling a tad bit snarky…)

It’s still hot.  It’s hot AND humid.  It shouldn’t be legal for it to be over 95 degrees AND humid.  Walking outside feels like I’m hanging out in a sauna.  For those who live on the Gulf Coast, we know we have at least another month of this weather.  Maybe more.

Summer lingers long after it has worn out it’s welcome. [Read more…]

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A look back on Summer Boredom

My most popular post this summer has been 281 Ideas to Beat Summer Boredom.

281 summer boredom busters

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I’ve received comments thanking me for an amazing list.

For those readers, thank you.  I love your feedback.  I hope the list helped you when you needed it most.  I figure it  kept a low level of fun going all summer long. Either that or you had a great weapon to use when your kids got whiney and rejected every single suggestion you could come up with.

I’ve received comments telling me it was a list of the most lame and boring ideas that could ever have been compiled.

For those readers… yep. You’re right.  It was a list of  everyday stuff.  There wasn’t a single high budget or high effort idea on the list.  If you were looking for a list of ways to amaze your kids with cool stuff like day trips to water parks, road trips to the museum of french fries, and Pinterest worthy crafts then you were disappointed.  It wasn’t intended to be that kind of list.  I never pretended otherwise.

But I didn’t get any feedback on whether or not the list actually worked.

If you remember, I started the summer with a simple premise.  My kids need to be bored. [Read more…]

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Back To School Treasury, Miscellany, Compendium…

Think of it as the back to school gallimaufry even.

Gallimaufry – (n) a confused jumble or medley of things

Why yes, in honor of back to school season I did use the thesaurus (or at least the website).  I certainly don’t walk around the house using the word gallimaufry.

Although to be honest, I think the word may be readily applied to several areas of the house including the play room and the laundry room.

But this… this is a round up of all the back to school fun I’ve written over the past two years. [Read more…]

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Happy First Day of School to Me!

It’s the first day of school for my family.

I remember the first few years that the house would empty for the first day of school.  The first year or two, it was a shock.  I honestly struggled to figure out what to DO with myself.

The very first year I had both kids in preschool, drop off was at 9am.  By 10:30 I had gotten a much needed haircut and finished grocery shopping in peace.  The groceries were put away, dinner was in the crockpot.  I felt so…. lost.

Last year, I wrote a snark laden post on what to do for the first day of school.  In honesty, it was directed at my own former self.

10 ideas for how to enjoy back to school with thishappymom.com

At the very end of the post, I said

The first day of school should be yours to enjoy.

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Drinking from the Firehose

I admit – I’d never heard the expression “drinking from the firehose” until the past 10 years.

But the instant I heard it, I knew what it meant.

I have fond memories of drinking from the garden hose as a child.  I remember the secret forbidden thrill of tasting as the water switched from warm and plastic tasting to cool and clean.

I also have fond memories of the few times I managed to prank my older brother by turning the water volume up to full while he was drinking.  The look on his face was… priceless.  I have a few not-so-fond memories of him returning the favor.  The water gets up your nose and it’s almost impossible to drink.

If you’ve ever drunk from a garden hose, you know there’s this magical water pressure where the water arcs gently out from the end of the hose by just a few inches.  It’s perfect for drinking.  Any lower, and you find yourself sucking on the metal hose bib.  Any higher and you’re gasping for breath as the water streams out of your mouth, across your face, into your hair, and down your shirt.

Remember?

(to the best of my knowledge, my kids have never drunk from the garden hose.  somehow, it’s just never come up.)

So when I heard the phrase “drinking from the firehose” for the first time, I had this mental image of someone standing there trying to swallow a single sip of water as they were drowning.  I saw them standing there, drenched from head to toe, unable to drink a single drop of the water that rushed by.

Yesterday I wrote about my summer of dry.

I wrote about a spiritual thirst, a longing for a stream in the desert.

Today I marvel that God never asks us to drink from the firehose.   He doesn’t respond to a season of drought with a torrential river or a tidal wave.  Time after time, He responds with a stream.   He gives us just the right amount of water for it to run cool and clear (so we aren’t sucking on the end of the garden hose) but not so much that it gets up our nose and runs down the shirt.

But streams came up from the ground and watered the earth. Genesis 2:6

Your help came from the God
your father worshiped,
from God All-Powerful.
God will bless you with rain
and streams from the earth;
he will bless you
with many descendants.  Genesis 49:25

You let me rest in fields
of green grass.
You lead me to streams
of peaceful water, Psalm 23:2

I will bless the thirsty land
by sending streams of water;
I will bless your descendants
by giving them my Spirit. Isaiah 44:3

As my summer of dry comes to a close, I’m thankful for the streams God has placed in my path.  I am thankful for the living water He provides me.

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Care to share your favorite verse on the theme of water and streams?  I’m all ears.

 

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The Summer of Dry

Three years ago, I watched in horror as Texas burned.

Not the whole state. Just selected parts of it. It was…

A summer of dry. [Read more…]

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