Hi friends! I haven’t been posting as regularly this week. Spring has quickly turned into Summer here in Northeastern Ohio, and I’ve basically been reenacting Olaf’s song and dance from Frozen ever since. (Don’t know what I’m talking about? Watch this video: click here.)IMG_2308

Today has been the best of the best. I had two excellent yoga classes yesterday so I woke up today feeling refreshed and all sorts of stretchy. My boys and I enjoyed a lunch date with my dad, and I took my yoga practice to the patio while they napped. And, I might have come in early to take a nap myself ;-).

Theo got a camera for his birthday. He took this photo of me today.
Theo got a camera for his birthday. He took this photo of me today.

This evening I got to enjoy the beautiful weather as I went out for a run. There is nothing I love more than lacing up my shoes and hitting the road for a summer run. No headphones. No phone. Just me and the gorgeous Ohio scenery.

We ended our evening spending time on outdoor projects. I found discounted hanging baskets at Aldi ($3 apiece!!!) and – after mowing our yard – Mike hung them up on our back patio.

We ate dinner out on our patio together. Sitting outside, enjoying black bean burgers, corn on the cob and watermelon, with the freshly mowed lawn and the air still warm was one of the most refreshing things I’ve done lately. This has been such a long winter in more ways than one, and I for one am happy to see it go. IMG_2326 IMG_2328

I had picked up fresh berries and was craving homemade shortcake, so I broke out my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook and used the recipe for individual shortcakes. Basically, you roll out the dough and use a biscuit cutter to create individual shortcakes(Or even a fun shaped cookie cutter! I used a heart for a few of them for the boys :).)IMG_2332 IMG_2333 IMG_2335

Again, we returned to the patio to enjoy the fading evening and admire our handiwork. It was bliss!IMG_2338 IMG_2336

Oh, and here is an “after” photo of my kitchen. Cooking a homemade dinner and dessert takes a lot of effort. I not only have to budget for groceries, but I also meal plan, do the cooking and all the clean up. Sometimes I get the impression from people that they think some aspect of my life must be extra easy in order for me to always put homemade goodies on the table and in the pantry (and sometimes people flat out just say this). The reality is that this takes a lot of work, but it’s work I’m willing to do because I make it a priority.IMG_2339

I recently read a fantastic blog post by my friend Whitney that reminded me of this subject. It’s about the reaction to Kate Middleton’s appearance after having her baby. You can read the post here. We all spend our time differently based on our differing priorities. I spend a lot of time on my family, my friends, on cooking, yoga and taking care of my home. As a result, those things look a certain way. But, that doesn’t mean my list of priorities are better than yours or that Kate Middleton’s are better than mine. I for one am glad that I have people in my life who have totally different priorities than me, because not only does that make them interesting, it makes them who they are! There is no reason to feel judged, or judge, based on those differences.

Besides, it’s summer. We’ve got better things to do ;-). Hope you’re enjoying warm days and happy hearts as you read this, friends!

2 thoughts on “Summmmmmmer!

  1. Thanks for sharing my post! I hadn’t thought to look at Aldi for discounted hanging baskets – I’m going to check that out! Love seeing the pics of your outdoor fun. I remember those awesome spring days in Indiana after everything finally turned green. Here in SC we go from winter to maybe 2 weeks of spring and then it’s just HOT. I’m already done with being outside until October. Ha.

    1. Whitney, the baskets whent faaast! I mean, they were in the sales flyer that we received on Tuesday and were almost all gone by Wednesday! But if you can get them they are a fantastic deal. I saw other, similar baskets for $19!

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