Sunday, June 14, 2015

Long summer days

We've made it through our first full week of summer. It feels like it's been much longer than a week. Seriously, time is so strange. I'm not complaining about the length - it could be summer all year round for me. I just love summer. I love being able to bike, swim, run, hike, play, etc. without putting on multiple layers of clothing. I love picking fresh berries for breakfast every morning. I probably eat my daily 5 servings of fruit & veggies (really just fruit) for my morning meal. I don't think the amount of produce I consume should be a negative thing if it's coming out of my own garden. If Brian has gone to all the work of planting and maintaining the garden, I should be able to eat as many servings as I can pick without a thought as to is it really in my best interest to devour 3000 calories a day in fruit, right? Anyway, enough about my summer breakfasts (even though it is my most favorite breakfast time all year). I wanted to talk about our long summer days, not my berry eating habit.

For the typical teenager summer means sleeping in and staying out late. Not so for my girls. Summer swim brings early mornings 5-6 days a week. It's quite a commitment and it's hard work so the first week of the schedule is a big adjustment. The second week is better. It's super awesome that the 5:30am girls can drive themselves to the pool. I'm thankful for their cheerful natures and willingness to do hard things. 

Our first long week has brought some fun events - Lagoon with my family, s'mores, night games, hanging out with friends, family pictures, and of course, a swim meet.

 Lots of Julia's swim team came over for s'mores. It's so fun to have them get together outside of the pool and just play. There was lots of frisbee, slacklining, ball throwing, marshmallow roasting and chatting going on. 

 The Lagoon day was organized by my sister-in-law. I don't have a photo of all of us together but I can say everyone had a great time. Half of the family camped in the campground attached to the park so we were able to have a great cookout for lunch and take a break from walking and the rides. We (Brian, the girls and I) had not been to the park together for quite awhile. We loved riding the super wet Rattle Snake Rapids and cooling off a bit. Can you see how soaked we are in that picture? It was so fun to watch my 7 year old nephew ride some of the big rides. I forgot how scary it is to do that. I quickly remembered at the start of some of those rides. 

I've thought about our need to take family pictures before Samantha leaves in a few weeks and I failed to do anything about it. After a week of tossing and turning in my bed at night I finally called to set up an appointment. There was literally one evening in June where we and our photographer friend were available at the same time. It just happened to be the day after I called. We ran up to Silver Lake by the Brighton ski resort and had a fun photo shoot. The girls were really good sports about wearing whatever I told them to wear and then realizing that they actually liked what I made them wear and have worn the outfits since. (I love that!) This was the first time in the history of our family that all of the girls and I had painted toenails. Can you guess what feet belong to which girl?

I would like the days to stay as long as they have. I would actually like to freeze time right now. Instead of freezing time though I'm really making an effort to just be present and not think ahead. 

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