Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Solstice

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” 
― Charles Bowden

We did not gather formally, to celebrate the summer Solstice with an assembly line for these beloved flower crowns like last year, but we did decide - rather last minute - to meet at a nearby lake and spend the day by the water with the kids. We skipped naps, we ditched house cleaning, and decided on a careless afternoon to welcome the official start of our favorite season.

The flowers I snagged on the way, wild beauties in the field near our home which turned out pretty decent I'd say.

After the sun, and the flowers, and the snacks, we sat on the porch and watched the rest of the afternoon slip by.

Tonight the boys are all very exhausted, our bbq is through and I am waiting on a round of margaritas, a fire, and hopefully a good movie.

Our summer plans aren't fancy, but we are looking forward to plenty more days. And nights,  exactly like these.

Happy Solstice,

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Scenes From a Weekend // Father's Day

Sunday did not begin with any particular plans. Mike mentioned wanting to finish up some work in the backyard and we were fine with sticking around home for dinner, UNTIL, we saw how nice it was down at the beach. A few photos on Instagram was all it took. After lunch, and naps we headed down. Mike and Arlo first, so they could take a little drive around PCH. Later, we met them at a nearby storage shop and Leon rode a little motorbike for the first time and we ended up dropping by to visit with friends (who also happen to be band members) 

The big wood planked tree house and the rope swing over at Dale's home were an immediate hit. As was the delicious bbq'd chicken, ribs, and beer later in the evening at the Rivera's cozy patio. A mess of hyper children, a bike ride to the liquor store and a little ukulele made it the perfect night. Something we couldn't have planned if we tried. 

Hope everybody else had a happy father's day too!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer Starts

So school was officially out at the start of the month, for Arlo, anyway - and Leon - as of the 6th, began his preschool break, which means we've been taking full advantage of our new freedom. Stacking as many mid week play dates, picnics, and late night bbqs as we can possibly manage.

The past few days we spent with our favorite girls. The Bovee clan, whom we love (for so many reasons) but largely because having them here seems to provide a nice balance to our all boy, endlessly rowdy household with them being so entirely sweet, gentle, artistic and yet consistently willing to adventure just as hard as the boys. The bunch of us swam, watched movies, (ate more Popsicles than we care to admit) made dinner late in the evening, and ran around the wine & cheese shop where we had a lazy picnic and chased one lone duck around the pond for a couple hours.

Such a relief to have these days with schedules open wide and the sun staying out so much longer, allowing more hours for play.

And, June, despite a fairly hectic weekend schedule building quickly, is looking pretty good so far. Now if only we could speed up the seasonal gloom hanging round the beach, life would be perfect.