:: Loving the high summer garden. lupins and columbine have given way to sunflowers and cucumbers and beans. Things are wild and deep.
:: Marveling at this five-year old that learned to swim AND ride a bike all within a two week stretch.
:: Enjoying thoughts of yesterday in which the mamas and kids found their way through much adventure to a mountain-top huckleberry patch. We made huckleberry waffles with the few hard-earned berries. I have so much respect for bears.
:: Planning a "Red Party" to celebrate our oldest girl's first steps on the path to womanhood. Every ritual I read about makes me tear up. And feeling so grateful that the powerful women in our lives are shifting their worlds around in order to make it to the ceremony. I wish every girl in the world could have this kind of entry into adulthood.
:: Listening to the two youngers mix it up on the kid-version of a DJ machine that Grandpa sent for Xi's birthday. I wish you all could hear "This is Xi coming at you, bringing you tunes on the Funky Monkey show..." in a nine-year old's best Barry White impression. (Even though she doesn't know who Barry White is.)
:: Gearing up for Echo's first day of homeschool kindergarten. The girl says she wants structure (so clever that she already knows she likes that sort of thing) so my mental gears are turning.
:: Making a list of all the big fun things we want to squeeze in before summer is up. The county fair, papa's birthday celebration, a camping trip, the waterpark, and more ice cream of course.
:: Feeling jealous that my sister over in Oregon visited a u-pick fruit establishment and picked fifteen pounds of blueberries and boysenberries in one hour. For $1.40 a pound!
:: Looking around to see if I need to clean anything for the upcoming Grammie(!) visit.
:: Hearing my girls' voices raise in that "I'm hungry" kind of way and knowing that I better get off this computer STAT!