None of us can believe that summer is coming to an end. We have been so busy, which always seems to make the days roll by more quickly. We've had some long, lazy days at home, which are my favorite kind...with bread baking, knitting, playing board games, and reading on the couch. But for the most part, these late summer days are busy and full of activities, as we try to squeeze in as much as we can before school starts. Last week, Romney hiked King's Peak with his scout troop, and Taylor went to New York City with Brandon. They had a blast...but I was a bit jealous of both, I'll admit, as I've been feeling a bit of wanderlust, and longing for a travel adventure. Or maybe I'm just looking for another break from housework. Sigh...
While the boys were away, the girls and I spent the better part of last week at Hannah's first soccer tournament. She did well and enjoys playing so much, even in the soaring summer temperatures. We spectators tried to stay cool underneath our new Sportbrella, which inconveniently buckled over and nearly flew away a few times in the gusty wind. It was a hassle driving thirty minutes to the playing fields every day, and then carrying that big umbrella, chairs, blankets, baby (don't forget baby!), food, water, etc. to the sidelines, for every game...especially without my big boy helpers, on whom I rely so much!! But even with the hassle and heat, we enjoyed ourselves well enough though...the girls lugging backpacks full of coloring things and toys, and I had my knitting. And our sweet Mary happily sat on the blanket and played and smiled. She is an angel, I tell you, that girl. I love to watch my girls play soccer, and Hannah has improved so much...it's fun to see her work so hard!
The garden is still a jungle, and needs more attention than I am willing to give it. But it is yielding some very pretty and tasty things, and we are enjoying growing some of our own food. The boys spent a morning last week picking apricots for me (bless them!), so we have about four brown grocery sacks half-full of them. The girls helped me pit and divide some, and we made a yummy apricot cobbler for Sunday dessert. It was delicious with fresh whipped cream, and I ate too much of it!
Even with the hot daytime sun, the Utah mornings are gorgeous. I have been cycling around town for exercise, taking a break from the six weeks of boot camp that I did before our beach vacation. How I love to bike out in the fresh, cool morning air, and gaze out at the mountains and trees. It really fills my soul. I love to listen to audio books while I ride, and I've been listening to Little Women lately. I had read parts of it before, and I've seen the movie and the play. But wow! This book is absolutely wonderful in every way. I am learning so much from Mrs. March, with her wisdom, dedication, patience, and motherly love. And her darling daughters are full of charm, wit, and generosity, and seem to teach me about goodness and virtue, even as they learn about it themselves throughout the novel. I have relished every word, as I've cycled, washed dishes, driven kids to and from activities, and occasionally sat knitting quietly (bliss!).
Summer has been wonderful. We will miss it when it's gone, and as we dive into the busy fall months. But fortunately fall is my favorite season, with so many festive, happy times, beautiful cool weather, holiday preparations, and so many opportunities to celebrate as a family. Our fall will be scattered with birthdays, sporting events, weekend trips, and lots of homework. And it will be splendid! But we are relishing the end of our summer. Hope you are too!