Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sink Into Monday, Slide into August

Well, it's officially that time of year where we all start to lament the where'd-it-all-go-ness of the Summer. I know I am.

It's been in a hurry this year, so I'm calling for a mandatory slow-down. You can't rush this sort of thing. It's just no good to try.


In two weeks we'll slow a bit. We'll have no choice. And I'll admit, I looked wistfully at a proper zip-up jacket at TJ Maxx just yesterday. But when it came down to it, I couldn't bear to bring it home. It's just not time yet. I don't want to allow my heart to go there, because a heart only has room for so much goodness, and I'm at capacity right now, thank you very much.

I'm spinning around the carousel and stretching as far as I can to scoop up the gold rings in my reach. I'm taking 'em. Don't even try to stop me.



So, the list still hangs and we might check a few more things off. We might.

But even if we don't, I'll still walk out of the cool just to feel the warm sidewalk underfoot. And my February self will make my August self promise to notice - to really feel the heat.

It feels so dang good.



Tonight, I'll slumber-party it up in Ruby's room, because there'll be no morning rush, so why not?


Calvin's impersonation of a bobcat.

Tomorrow, we'll truck down and pick this guy up. Half-way pick-ups are meant for other months. In August, you might as well drive all the way down and stay for the night. You'd be foolish not to.


I'm here to tell you, it's winding down. Don't go wishing for the smell of leaves just yet, because August has earned her due, and I believe she'll be good to us.

38 comments:

  1. Oh, I can't help it, but I hear the whispers of the apple orchards and the cool breezes. The fall Friday night football games calling. The Saturday tailgate traditions cheering me forward.

    My heart is yearning. I'll try and make it stop.

    I make no promises here.

    xxoo

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  2. I think its time to cue up August and Everything After. :) happy slumbering!

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  3. Rocking bobcat impersonation...summer fun is over for me. Back to school and real-life tomorrow! Eeek.

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  4. Still a vacation in the works for us before we officially call it quits for this summer. I won't miss the humidity. Now you've got me wanting to slumber it up in the living room under the camouflage tent with my boy. ;)

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  5. I like your attitude. I'm having a little trouble with mine, so I'm going to borrow yours for the next week, until I get the new one in that I ordered. And I'm linking to here. I like it that much. <3

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  6. Love the picture of the sunflower! It seems to be saying "you ain't seen nothin' yet!" and Ruby's braids are delightful!

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  7. I'm longing for Fall. It's my very favorite season. I hate to rush time, but it's just too dang hot. I need my Fall.

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  8. I am in complete agreement with you on this. I found myself craving a turtleneck and vest the other day and had to slap myself a bit to remember to stay "in the moment" and enjoy what's left of summer!

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  9. August 'is' tomorrow. And do I dare even say school starts in 2 weeks from tomorrow. Yikes. Yes, slowing down here too... for the next 2 weeks.
    P.S. I love your cosmos. Mine are slightly brown from all the heat last week and not much watering. :(

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  10. Honestly, truly, from the bottom of my heart, this is the first summer I've loved for so, so long: maybe since I was a kid. I don't want it to end. I actually have a slight tan. I mean, you'd never know, but I do. I can't imagine what's gotten into me. Perhaps I'm just remembering howwww miserable I was last year. (Charleigh was born Aug. 30.)

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  11. I am actually excited about August this year (except the humidity - I love me some heat, but humidity, not so much). I am asking God to fill me up this August - your post is yet another way He is reminding me to slooooow down and enjoy what He's giving me each day.

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  12. I love your sunflower picture! I am holding on to summer for dear life!

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  13. I'm hugging up to August also! We'll be enjoying fall soon enough. But in due time. In the mean time GIVE ME SOME HEAT BABY! This gal likes it HOT! It'll be 20 below & snow blowin' COLD soon enough too!

    Rebecca

    PS ~ Ruby's braids are too cute! :)

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  14. I like the photograph of sunflower, it is really very beautiful and awesome. Flowers are best way to make smile.
    Wonderful collection.

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  15. I feel like summer is just beginning for us... going to relish in it as long as we can :)

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  16. Cozy!
    I've got a good two months + of hot weather ahead of me, but oh my, preschool is starting in a few weeks and I might cry.
    Maybe i'll homeschool just to keep the lazy summer feeling. IS that so wrong?

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  17. New reader here! And completely taken in by your writing! Wow.

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  18. When he saw the picture of Calvin, my little guy wanted to know if the Bobcat is like his beloved toy Bobcat-it's a skid loader. He also was trying to do his own impersonation of a bobcat.

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  19. Thanks for the reminder. We are in moving limbo right now. I find myself wanting time to speed up. Last night my neighbor put together a game of kickball in the street, and I set up the firepit for s'mores. It was nice to live in the moment.

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  20. Oh, I feel ya. I don't want to rush the next few weeks. My oldest starts first grade on the 24th. I'm not ready to send him away all day. To miss out on his little body joining us for lunch. I cried yesterday just thinking about having to buy a lunchbox. And the thought of the outside influences having more sway than our little home life scares me to death. Lots of praying going on here to say the least. I think I might be one of those "helicopter" parents. I'm not sayin' it's right, I'm just sayin' that's what I am...I might need help!

    And I have to say that your last post on grace has me wishing to be like Shannan Martin when I grow up. You inspire me to be better. Thank you!

    XOXO,
    Angie

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  21. I love Rubies hair ! You always take me back to my lil girls.

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  22. So now I realize I've been reading you for a year....I remember wishing for pumpkin spice anything last year at this time and you were soaking in the last bit of summer. So this year, I am enjoying iced vanilla coffee and soaking it up baby! Thanks for the paradigm shift ;-)

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  23. August always makes me slightly sad. I just cringe inside knowing that we are at the beginning of a wind down.....autumn is just beautiful....it's the what comes after that i'm not a fan of:):)

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  24. ~I'm always the "what do you mean it's only the first of August?????? hurry up September"
    ~I loves me some Fall,fall,fall,fall and ten years into this America lark and I am still not used to these east coast summers.I miss ol' Blighty and her rain,good job I love these four kids and American hubby of mine or I'd be a hoppin' on a plane tomorrow:0)
    ~good to see you are doing well:0)

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  25. amen, girl. welcome, august, and take your sweet time. i don't even want to thing about fall yet. namely because it only lasts for two days, then winter sets up house.


    i so love your blog. it's like summer to my heart, relaxing and free and full of sunshine.

    xo

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  26. poetry friend...beautiful words. love the slumber party idea. we need a girl's night in our house too. sounds like a plan:)

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  27. For as long as I can remember August has been a month of wishing what was could stay or longing for what will be to come faster. This is the first year I've been perfectly content to live August 1st just as she is without wishing or wanting. And this contentment? It feels delicious.

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  28. oh i love that you're having a slumber party with your daughter :) you are the best mama in the world.

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  29. YES - thank you for the reminder to the seize the day. I try, oh I try. I will not complain for one moment about the heat of August when a frigid winter is waiting around the corner! Blessed sunshine and kids running amuck! Your photos and your kids are gorgeous all!

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  30. August? Already? I'm with you on the mandatory slow-down!

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  31. Love the picture of the sunflower! Great blog!

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  32. I’ve just stumbled upon your lovely blog. I look forward to popping by again for some more inspiration! I'm just new into blogging this year & have put together a daily blog on design, fashion, food, travel and anything pretty.
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  33. yes. let's savor the moments.
    every last one.

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  34. Trying to make myself not speedroll through August. I think there's a little more fun to be had before the books are brought out. I think. :)

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  35. Girl...

    I wish I could be more excited about fall...

    Alas, I cannot.

    Minnesota winters are far too long,

    And this summer has just gotten its groove!

    Darn it.

    Love Calvin's impression of a bobcat.

    And Ruby's twistie hair is divine.

    Here's hoping your Tuesday was fabulous!

    xo~

    TT

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  36. i think i may earn myself a capital H (for heretic) on my forehead for this comment, but here goes: while i do lament summer's end, i am quite ready for the muggy days to thin. my house's innards reek of sweat. bring on the mcintoshes and wooly socks, i say!

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  37. I can't wait to see the sunflower in full bloom in all her glory....please post a pic when it happens! I too look forward to Autumn, but there is something still pulling me back and telling me to enjoy the last weeks of Summer!
    ta ta
    -heather

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  38. I am a lurker. A shadow around the corner that silently observes. I have lurked on here for quite some time now and I always "walk away" with a smile or an appreciation for the small things. I normally like it that way as I feel my rambleings are nonsense. But today. Today, I vow to change. Your blog is fan-flipping-tastic!! Thank you for being true to who you are and for helping this self proclaimed shadow, break free of that dark corner. Me? Wall flower? No more!

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