I get the most out of my summer vacation by “doing” the least. I get the most of my summer vacation by simply being — by simply “spending” hours.
“Spend the afternoon, you can’t take it with you.” That’s what Annie Dillard said.
~ Jennifer Dukes Lee
This summer, I plan to do as little as possible. Forget the projects, activities, scheduled events and the clock. I just want to spend my time enjoying life, family, and all the beauty around us every day.
I will accomplish very little, but enjoy every moment I can, and spend as much time as I can doing nothing.
This summer, I want to fill my hours and days with laughter, love, and just “being”.
What about you?
(Edited To Add: This post over at Simple Mom is all about embracing summer!)
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“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us
that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”
Have (North) American Parents Got It All Backwards? | Huffington Post – Some serious food for thought here for all us mothers!
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15 Ways To Eat More Vegetables | Motive Nutrition
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Have a great week!
We are very quickly approaching the cooler weather of autumn, and the days are already significantly shorter than they were a few months ago. Let’s make the most of the summer we have left, shall we?
Here are some ideas that will bring joy to you and your family now and a smile to your face when you look back from the cold of January.
- Eat ice cream.
- Go to a park and swing as high as you can. Watch your children have the time of their lives.
- Lay on the grass, look up, and count the stars.
- Find a beach and build a sandcastle.
- Make apple pie (or cherry or berry) and eat it. (With a huge scoop of ice cream on top, of course!)
- Roast marshmallows over a campfire.
- Have a picnic.
- Run through the sprinkler.
- Find a hill. Sit and watch the sun go down.
- Open a window in the early morning, close your eyes, and listen to the world awaken. Better yet, wrap yourself in a blanket and sit outside. Breathe in all that fresh air.
- Take your camera with you everywhere and capture these moments. Make a scrapbook or collage and display it all winter to remind you that summer is coming again.
Treasure this time… it will be just a memory all too soon, so make it the best memory you possibly can.
But don’t get depressed thinking about autumn. It has its own brand of beauty, too…
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus