The Last Days of Summer

I’m guessing everyone else out there is feeling like summer is rushing rapidly toward the end.

I always have such mixed feelings about the long weekend in September. It’s like the last big bash of the summer, before we all settle back into routine, which would be kind of sad, if we weren’t all craving routine so much.

My intention is to give’er. Cram in all that summer goodness as much as possible, until we’re ready to move on toward fall.

Although I have tons of pictures and summer adventures to share, that still feels too much like an “End of Summer” activity. Right now, I still want to make a few more memories before we go into recap mode.

We’ll recap later. Right now, we’ll hang on tight, and pretend the warmth and sun and lazy days will keep going for a long time to come.

How do you do that exactly? Well, yesterday we did it by going to Lower Fort Garry with Ben’s parents. The weather was beautiful, the place was begging to be explored, and there was just something fun about taking a day off in the middle of the week for all of us to spend time together.

I don’t remember going there as a kid, but Ben does, and we’ve talked about going there as a family for years.

So glad we finally did!

And after we were all hot, tired, and done in for the day, we went to Ben’s parents’ house, where we made supper and tried to use as many kinds of fresh vegetables as possible! (Purple peppers, what?? I’m loving summer food!)

Now it’s time for me to go get ready for some more adventures this weekend.

What are you doing to make the most of summer while it lasts? (I’m needing some great ideas!)

The New Normal

The end is in sight.

Our 23 days of Florida sunshine will be over next Wednesday. Oops, I should say 22 days of sunshine….It did rain that one day our first week here…

It’s been beautiful.

There are just an insane amount of pictures I’ve taken over the last three weeks that haven’t been put into a post yet.

It’s kind of an overview of our normal days here in Florida. (Funny how sunshine and palm trees can so quickly become the new “normal”, hey? Just wait until we get off the plane in Manitoba…)

Anyway. Normal days include:

Playing outside…

Stroller and skooter rides.

Picking oranges…

And peeling oranges. Kaylia doesn’t eat them, she just peels them. She really likes to peel them while we’re driving around the village in the golf cart, and scatters little pieces of peel behind us, leaving a trail as though we’re Hansel and Gretel and need to find our way home again.

Along with orange peeling, she’s exploring the new skill of photography. But she always holds the camera pointing to herself, because that’s the only side she’s ever seen…

And of course, there’s the daily swim. When my dad gets home from work, he whips off to the pool with the girls in the golf cart.

Then they come home dripping and smiling, jump in the shower, and then we eat supper while the sun sets.

As perfect as this sounds, having Ben around could still improve it! But alas, we meet him at the airport in snowy Manitoba.

Really, why do we live in Manitoba again??? I could get used to these endless sunny days.

I think I already have, actually…