Ava and I have been doing a Downton Abbey marathon, and we're trying to get to the end of season 4 before school begins. In a way I'm totally ready for the routine, and the lunch making and carting them around to music lessons and dance and all that... and I'm ready to buckle down at 5:30 every day with homework around the kitchen table while I start thinking about dinner... but in a way I am NOT! I love letting them sleep in (and they SLEEP IN). I'm not quite ready for the chore of lunch making and the daily grind of homework every night and always carting someone around to their event while I scramble in my head over dinner plans. Ha!
I am a woman, and therefore, contradictory. I can own it.
I am however, ready for jeans, sweaters, pumpkin spice, candles and fur throw blankets.
Anyway, today I wanted to share some of our county fair photos (all taken from my phone and some showed up on Instagram, others would have if the day had been longer) along with more moments from my summer thankful list. What a treat it has been keeping track of these small moments and plugging them quickly into my phone. I hope you enjoy reading them and they inspire you to capture a few of your own joy list thankful moments!
Going to my new doctor for the first time and having nurse Nicki sneak in to chat with me in the midst of her work day.
Sitting poolside with Alli and bumping into Jen and Hang.
A donut run that morning that turned into a wild and truly weird adventure we could only laugh about afterward- especially that part about having to rescue my bike from the bushes where we had hidden it.
Soft puppies the color of ginger that really wanted some of our tailgate party and delighted my children.
Catching up with Nate and Judy and blessing her by remembering that she prefers half and half in her coffee the next morning. Watching them love on my children in every way possible.
The galvanized bucket in my backyard exploding with petunias and vibrant color.
Listening to his guitar being strummed on the front porch.
Doing jobs with Julie and Becca and laughing and laughing and deep talks in the car.
Rebecca's beet salad that made me want to sneak a third helping and then taking a plastic container home later that night at her insistence.
Joe, winning 2nd place for his photo at the fair.
Realizing that sometimes compassion must be taught and taking the time to have that talk over dinner.
Driving beside him, struggling not to cry and having him push me gently to let my thoughts out and then marveling at how he can string broken pieces back together with his words and tenderness.
Four year old hugs.
Endings and beginnings.
Polka dotted tee shirts on sale.
Sitting at my picnic table, pouring life out with my oldest friend in the world and the woman who was once my children's first babysitter.
Eating farm fresh blueberries by the handfuls.
Saving two window sills worth of heirloom tomatoes after a wind storm snapped off both plants at the bases.
Laughing about life, over the most yummy steak salads on date night, at a favorite restaurant, with cafe lights strung overhead, and wearing a pretty necklace just for him.
That night ava came out of bed way past her bedtime to talk about how she was concerned that her fish was overweight and it was all I could do not to laugh as adrain admonished her to get back into bed and discuss issues like that in daylight hours.
Joe spontaneously singing vanilla ice with Nate at the picnic table that night after dinner, and how they knew every single word and how we laughed until our bellies hurt.
Raspberries which are and always will be, my very favorite.
Staying until the sunset, even though I really wanted to go home and being so grateful for my man who pushes me to be a more "fun mama" than my instincts want me to be and leaving happy and full of memories.
How about you... what's on your joylist?