Monday, June 22, 2015
It's here, my friends, summer! And oh what feelings that brings forth....magic, freedom, and joy. The summer feeling is indescribable, and right now we are soaking it up.
We celebrated the arrival of summer all weekend long. It all started on Friday morning with a trip to the strawberry farm. This trip is our kick off to summer, a ritual that is marked year after year with great pleasure. Reece and I picked, tasted, and picked some more, heading home with more strawberries than we intended...we just couldn't stop picking. Back at home most of those strawberries were made into jam, eleven jars in total, some were frozen to be enjoyed all winter long, and some were left as is, to enjoy fresh. We have plans to head back on Wednesday this week, with some friends, and you can be sure the pantry shelves will have a few more jars of jam added to it.
Saturday dawned with a beautiful sunrise, and the beginnings of a gorgeous day. There was an early morning run for me, and a little lie in for Justin and Reece. The day was filled with bike riding, garden work, and lots of play. A certain little man spent a good chunk of time building a home in the woods, complete with a window, shelves, and a sink. It is a pretty special place, and he tells me he will be spending a lot of time in there.
Later Saturday afternoon I left my two boys at home and headed over to a friends home for a mamas only solstice gathering. We began with a yoga class in her backyard, lead by a wonderful teacher, honouring the sun, and ourselves. After yoga we enjoyed a potluck dinner and gathered around the fire, where we sat late into the night chatting, drinking (tea for me), and laughing. We watched fireflies dance in the dark, we shared stories of motherhood, we connected in the dark under the glow of the fire. As I pulled out of her driveway to head home, my heart was happy and my soul full.
When I woke Sunday morning I was surprised, and so very pleased, to see the sun, they had been forecasting rain, which really would have put a damper on our Summer Solstice celebration. I stepped out on to the back deck, took a deep breath, and offered gratitude to Mother Nature for the wonderful gift of the sun. After a morning of Father's Day celebrations, and preparations for our solstice celebration, our friends arrived at our home. The dads and the kids headed over to the race track in our area, to take in the races and the car show, and while they were gone, my friend and I did a little crafting....soap making and rope bowl sewing. It was fun, and I so enjoyed sharing these skills with her. Once the dads and kids returned there was lots of play, good conversation, delicious food, a solstice fire, marshmallows (vegan and GMO free), sparklers, and lots and lots of laughter. It was a wonderful day, and one that I was sorry to see end.
The weekend has been full, in a good way, leaving me so very happy and connected. Connected to the earth, and to the beautiful people we are so lucky to call our friends.
A big hello to summer, I am so very happy you are here.
How was your weekend?