Soaking Up Summer Misc. Pics

We really try to soak up the last few days of summer (we’re down to under 2 weeks). I love the days when we have few plans and can do a lot of lounging. Sorta like this:

The weather has warmed up, so we’ve been hanging out at the pool pretty much every day. Sunday, we were there five hours! Even with sunscreen, Campbell is getting a tan. A weird one, from wearing three different suits.

Our peaches are ripe in the backyard so the other night Campbell and I peeled & sliced a bunch with intentions of making a pie. We had waffles w/ peach topping for dinner one night and peach crisp another, but no pie. After the first two things I realized I’m not super crazy about peach desserts and I lost my pie mojo.

Over the weekend I finished a coloring page that I started awhile ago. Using colored pencils takes a lot longer than markers but you can use shading, blending, etc. making it more fun. I really like the Enchanted Forest coloring book best of all.

Here’s another one from the same book:

Evan loves doing them too. We always take them to the coffee shop when we go.

Evan is doing really well in his horse lessons. We are currently exploring options to buy land to get a horse or maybe board a horse. And by “horse”, I mean two horses. Because, what fun is one horse?

Last week I took our dog to the DQ drive-through. I got her a small dish of vanilla and let her lick it on the way home. Except she got confused and thought it was naughty so she kept doing it really fast then looking away.

Other than that, I’ve been busy planning our new teacher orientation at work and working on the 5k that I organize (it’s this weekend!!). I got our age-group medals today. They’re pretty awesome!!

And running, yes, I still do that sometimes. 😉 I’m just not in the training mood this summer so I’ve just been running 3-4 miles for fun every other day or so, and that’s okay in my book!

What are you doing with your summer days? Does back to school time signal the end of summer for everyone or just teachers & kids?


Have you ever had to stop running because you were laughing so hard you couldn’t even walk? I know I’ve had many a good laugh while running but tonight was the funniest and the longest.

Lori, Myra, and I were running around town. So funny that now when I say “running around town” I mean literally, RUNNING AROUND TOWN. Like, running a big loop, around town. 25 years ago it meant “driving or walking around town looking for cute boys.” But that is only a little funny. Not bend over laughing funny.

Anyhow, just over a mile in, we were deep conversation. We had just crossed a raised railroad crossing, and Myra and I were looking down at the ground because it was steep and uneven. When I looked up, I saw a middle-school-aged boy running towards us in the grass. It startled me at first because I thought something was running AT us, but he was just running in the grass rather than the sidewalk, because, I don’t know, pre-teen boy. I stopped and gasped, and maybe I said something like, “Oh!” I don’t remember.

After hearing my reaction, Myra looked up and was also startled, only she stopped and screamed really loudly. We all started laughing so hard that we couldn’t even stand up.

Actually typing this all out I can see that it probably isn’t that funny to you. Maybe I’m a bad storyteller (likely) or maybe you just had to be there, but it was hysterical. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. When I came home and saw my Garmin data, I laughed all over again because the area we stopped was very clear.

Then, Myra was trying to finish her slightly-serious story and Lori and I kept bursting out laughing. That mile split wasn’t exactly a good one. But the mile itself was awesome. We declared it an ab workout.

I commonly listen to the You Made It Weird podcast with Pete Holmes. He usually asks, at the end of his interviews, “What’s the hardest you’ve ever laughed?” I think I’ve laughed this hard before, but not for a long time.

Have you ever had to stop running to laugh? When’s the last time you laughed really hard?

Landscaping and A New Kind of Running

Saturday was one of the hottest (or at least the most humid) days of summer we’ve had so far. Chris was out of town, and the kids and I decided it would be a perfect day for some landscaping. Landscaping is kind of like cleaning…once you do one thing, it makes another area look bad. I had starting working in the yard Friday night upon realizing that the mosquitoes had mostly left the premises. Not sure where they all went but I’m not complaining. It’s so much nicer to work in the yard without being eaten alive!

We bought and spread 10 bags of mulch first. That made the front of the house look really nice except one area was so bare. We went to the our favorite landscape nursery and found two hydrangeas to fill the void. And four more bags of mulch because once you start mulching somehow there’s never enough. After planting the two hydrangeas, it was clear we needed a third. And more mulch. So, back to the nursery again to buy those items.

The front of the house looks much better now. Here are our three wee bushes. We had the same variety of yew there before, obviously much, much larger, but the hard freeze a couple of years ago killed them. Everyone said to wait a year to give them a chance to come back, but that did not happen. I was too cheap to buy the older yews thus we are stuck with minis until they decide they’re ready to grow. Even these babies look way better than a big open spot there.

Here are the three hydrangeas.

I really want a little lace leaf Japanese maple there, but it seems they’re hard to find. We have one in the backyard and I love it. (this is a picture I robbed from somewhere but it’s what I’m looking for)

The hydrangeas will do until I find one. I can always find a spot in the yard for a hydrangea.

I don’t think I’ve ever sweated as much as I did doing that yard work. I had to keep wiping my brow because sweat was running down my face. Ick! I swear I sweat more easily now than I did before I worked out as much. Like my body learned to sweat. Is that a thing?

Afterwards, we went to the pool a bit, and that has never felt as good. Then, Campbell wanted to go for a bike ride (it was evening by then) and when we came home, I talked both kids into a run. We tried something new: Evan pushed Campbell in the stroller while I ran. That was pretty amazing! He’s faster than me, so they stroller did a nice job of equalizing our pace. Sadly I didn’t take a picture. Even though by the time we ran at 8:30 p.m. it was significantly cooler, it wasn’t any less humid and we sweated to death.

Have you noticed fewer mosquitoes the last few days?