Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Our Summer Vibe & Painting With Weeds

We are in the thick of summer.
How did this happen? And when? And how?

It's already late June.
As my mom would say, "Great Scotts!"

Our June was supposed to be frazzled and jam-packed and stressful. But a couple of things got scratched off the list, and what we've found is some wide open space. Turns out, it's exactly what we needed.

Somewhere in my heart, I knew I needed some legit down-time. Our summers usually involve lots of doctors appointments and often a physical move to a new house. But this one is rolled out before us so nicely. It's silk shantung. It's the cotton with just enough polyester to make it extra smooth. We're all breathing easy and the living is good.

But I mean, ask me in a couple more weeks.

Cory and I recently watched a documentary on solitary confinement in prisons. The typical, upbeat fluff we prefer. They interviewed one young man and he was all, "I love it! I don't get what the big deal is. I like the quiet." The problem was, it was only day 3. One week later, he was causing himself physical harm just so they'd have to let him out and take him to medical.

And no, I did not just refer to summer as solitary confinement in prison. I definitely did not just draw a correlation to incarceration or self-harm.

Thanks for asking.

I just feel strongly compelled to lean into the known. I want to experience the bliss of boredom. Not just my kids, but me, too. I'm experiencing an overwhelming urge to not be bound by expectations of any kind. We're doing what we want, when we want it. We're staying home for entire days and puttering around.

We have things going on, but only if we want them.

So far the rhythm we've found involves either a long walk or a bike ride. (Today's ride was conducted under a light rain shower. Hello, magical transport! We loved you!)

We're working together to keep the house intact, but I'm not stressing over it. (You're shocked. I know you are. Could you just pretend?)

We're just doing our thang, that's all.
So far, it's pretty wonderful. A little boring, too, but that's what we're going for.

Last week I took Silas and Ruby on a rogue adventure.
Naturally, Silas strapped on a hot pink fanny pack and Ruby wore a janky feather she had colored in rainbow stripes.

We rode along our ultra-rad bike path, and it's official, I'm never leaving this town. Not ever.
(Read this to determine just how seriously you should take my bold proclamations.)

We were on the hunt for rando bits of nature to use as paint brushes, because these are my two painting-fiends and, well, they both rock a rando vibe.

Alert: I didn't get any cute "action" shots, because remember what I said about no obligations or agendas?

  But this is what our "brushes" looked like when we were done.

 And this... just some...

 ...of our art.

Guys. This was so fun. And free. Start to finish, it helped us spend a solid 2 hours. That's not nothing, these days.

In the midst of all this humdrum splendor, I wondered if I might just temporarily abandon Ye Olde Blog, but it seems I just don't have that in me. I like coming here. I like writing it down.

It's freeing to share bits of our ordinary, simple life.
And all the while, my mind is working, working, never ever taking a break. So I'll have other things to say, too.

But the main thing is: No hurry. No worry.

It's summertime, baby. Join me.

ps - A few of you have mentioned that my posts aren't showing up in your feeds. Ack! I'm sorry. I don't know what's going on or how to fix it. But let me know in the comments if you're having trouble, too. I'm trying to track down a solution! In the meantime, you can always find me on facebook and that's also a great way to bring others into the FPFG party. :)


  1. I'm still not getting you in feedly, but am going to try just deleting and starting over. Will let you know if that works! Glad you are experiencing some awesomeness this summer!

    1. That worked...cause now you are showing up in my feed again! WHEW! :-)

  2. I'm not getting your updates in Feedly either. :) I just mentioned that to Jess this morning and thought I should probably tell you. Glad others were more on the ball than me.

  3. I am getting your feed. Whew! I also read your title real quick and thought it said, "planting with weeds" and I thought 'how's she going to spin that one metaphorically?' I know you could! ;) I wanna paint!

  4. And here I thought you went on vacation. ;) Not getting your feed either. I had some catching up to do. :P

  5. I stopped getting your updates in Bloglovin'. I tried the ol' delete and re-follow trick with no luck :( Weird!

  6. We followed in your footsteps today and painted wild with weeds. Loved it!

  7. My feedly wasn't working either. I tried someone's trick of the delete and add. Works now. :)

  8. Those painting are frame worthy! Awesome!

    I put a list of things we want to do this summer on the fridge. I mentioned it as I was getting my haircut last time. She asked me what was on it--sitting outside after dark and watching the fireflies, picnics at the lake, ice cream cones, etc. I guess we are too provincial as she did not say anything and seemed amused. We like it that way.

  9. I LOVE the art! Especially the one w/the blue background! I would display it!
    Nice to have a summer of no pressures!

  10. Hope it's ok I'm using two of your images as wallpapers on my iPad.

  11. I stopped getting them in feedly but just researched and readded you.

    I LOVE the weed paintings!!

  12. I've stopped getting them, also. I was out of town unexpectedly and didn't realize the e-mails had quit coming in until I saw a post on Facebook. I'm reading your archives.

  13. Your kiddos' art is always amazing. Just beautiful. And belated happy birthday!

  14. I've got ya in my feedly subscription, even just re-added you, but your new posts stopped showing up a bit back… and still not working, so I just pop over and check in from time to time.

  15. My subscription stopped as well. So, I liked you on Facebook just a bit ago. Until school starts this will work, FB is blocked there. (The kids probably know how to get it but the adults don't.) Probably a good thing I can't get on Facebook though. Just sayin'. Once school starts and I'm back to work I'll have to find another solution to my daily dose of favorite words. :0)

  16. I haven't been getting you on my gmail---feeling seriously deprived! Every few days I google your blog to see if I missed anything. I love the pink fanny pack!

  17. Ack! I'm no longer getting your wonderful posts either...So sad! I've resubscribed (work once but not the second time...) and added you to my safe sender list... Here's hoping.

    On a completely other note, I cannot tell you how much this post is the story of my summer. Drinking in the smell of fresh-cut grass and kids playing in the street well past 8:00pm. I'm in love this summer with the slowness of it all...May just have to blog about that myself.

    And you art!?! Can't wait to try it with my own two munchkins.

    Joy and Kisses
    Heather (PetalsofJoy)

  18. Love this photo of the kids. It speaks volumes!

  19. you're not showing up for me either! horrors! i'm using feedly.

  20. You are not showing up in my reader feed still...I commented a few days ago about it but cannot find a way to correct it on my end. Please, please find someone to fix it. asap!!

    1. I think it's fixed! Let me know if I'm wrong. :)

  21. Your summer sounds like all summers should...respite form the insanity of life...the joy in your children and puttering. Sounds perfect. Love the idea of nature's paintbrushes as stuff and so pretty!

  22. What beautiful art! I would never have thought of that. My children might've, but not me. As for your summer...sounds perfect. Because it's *the little things.* We often miss 'em because we're busy doin' the big things. Enjoy! ;)