Sad to see it go …

Around here September is our second busiest month of the year. December is our busiest. With school starting in late August and Libby and Reese‘s birthdays both at the beginning of September, it’s downright crazy around here especially when we add in dance and sports. At about the middle of September, right after all the birthday celebrations are over, there comes an easy Sunday and all I feel is relief. OK, and a little exhaustion. It’s also the day that I begin to emotionally wrap my brain around the fact that summer is ending. But not this year. Last Saturday night we had Libby’s birthday party and Sunday morning we thought it was a great idea to switch Reese into a different bedroom. This took a solid two days and it was no easy feat for any of us. I have two significant injuries to prove it, HA! But I have one happy little girl so it was definitely worth it.

Ahhhh … summer’s end. I guess there is no stopping it no matter how busy we may be. This transition to Autumn is never an easy one for me. And although it may have come a few days later than usual for me, I am still feeling a familiar reluctance in bidding farewell to my favorite season.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are sad to see it go!!!

A season of change …

I woke up about 4:30 this morning and I immediately felt a difference. The air was colder. And not because the air conditioning was set too low. This was the real deal. Our house was colder because the temperature outside has dropped. I didn’t have to get up get so I buried myself in my blankets and started thinking.

Things are changing … again.

I have prepared myself for all that is coming over this next year. Actually, I guess I’ve more “braced myself” for it and surrendered to the unknown. HA! We’re going to have some wonderful adventures and a whole lot of clarity coming our way about many different things. I’m truly excited about all of it. Overwhelmed by about half of it. And maybe even a little sad about some of it. But I keep reminding myself that things are going to turn out the way they’re meant to be. That regardless of time or distance, the people who I love most, will be where they need to be, doing what they need to do, and becoming more of who they’re meant to be. I can’t complain about that.

I got out of bed, threw on my running clothes and headed out to get my miles in. But I was stopped quite unexpectedly. I felt IT the second I opened up our front door. It took my breath away. There it was. Cool crisp air that wasn’t there a few days ago. Although we won’t see or feel a true Autumn in our area for a few more months our mornings will reflect it much sooner. As a runner I will enjoy the cooler weather. And this year I will allow it to gently remind me that change has, in fact, begun.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel your seasons change!!!

Starting early …

I don’t care if Summer officially starts next week. With George home from college already, Sid coming home this week too and Libs and Reese’s last day of school on Thursday, I am officially claiming that Summer has started TODAY. Woo HOO!!!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you start early!!!

I can’t wait …

This evening my son George is coming home from college after finishing up his sophomore year. Sid is done with her semester next week. I also realized today that Libs and Reese only have three more Fridays left in their school year. The anticipation of summer and all its’ adventures is just so EXCITING!!!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you CAN’T WAIT!!!

Rain, rain go away …

I will surprisingly admit that I have loved our gloomy mornings. The sun coming out in the afternoon has been perfect. I’ve been enjoying it because I know that it is typically the precursor to everything I love seasonally. BUT when I saw that rain was in the forecast for later this week I felt offended. HA! This is supposed to be MAY GRAY. You know, that “California season” that happens right before our other season, JUNE GLOOM, and leads into the best season of the year … SUMMER. Rain has no part in this process. None. Zip. Zilch.

Well, I hope you all have a day where RAIN, RAIN, GOES AWAY!!!

Changing your mind …

I am loving this gloomy Saturday! I normally don’t like anything but summer weather after the New Year but I am growing to appreciate these winter-like days. Days like this motivate me to both get in the kitchen and to get outside and do longer runs. Some of my most favorite things to do! After all these years, I’m finally learning to love colder weather. OK … maybe I’m going a little overboard on using the word “love”, because I don’t see myself feeling this way after a week of rain. HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you change your mind!!!

Slipping away …

Libs and Reese go back to school one week from today. BIG SIGH. This summer went by so quickly. Although there have already been some significant changes around here, I’m just not ready to give it all up yet. And I’m desperately holding on to every last beautiful moment.

Well, I hope you all have a day where it doesn’t all slip away!!!

Time changed much but not us …

I work up early this morning, despite being up way too late. The house was quiet and I began feeling a bit nostalgic. I always do this time of year. With summer break ending and the new school year starting in a few weeks I tend to feel similar to how I do on New Years Eve. It’s my time to reflect and I look back on summers past. With two adult children off to college I feel even more emotional than I normally do. And it all came out this morning! I spent much of my early morning looking through old pictures of my kids. I laughed, I cried and I soaked in every wonderful memory. It is like time stood still for a moment, but also flashed by in an instant. It’s all a blur but I remember almost every second of it. It sort of makes me sad yet I also delight in knowing that so much has changed but not the love we share and the memories we keep. They are our constant and they are our story. And they are what makes us … US. I am comforted in knowing that no amount of time or distance can ever change that.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you can say that time changed much but not us!!!

Menacing …

We have a big fire near us right now. Not close enough to cause us any danger but we have had several friends who are in that area that have had to evacuate. Last Fall my son was close by the fires in Northern California. Too close! His university was closed for about two weeks because of it. I was completely unnerved until I knew he was far enough away to be safe. The memories still gives me the chills. This current fire is UGLY. Last I heard it was only 5% contained. It’s over 100 degrees here today too. I can’t imagine what our firefighters are having to endure right now. When I checked our weather this morning it said that we would have a day that was partly cloudy. That was a gross a understatement. Between our hot and humid weather and the fires our skies have been clouded over with black, gray, yellow and brown clouds all day. They have definitely reinforced to the surrounding areas that fire is scary. My prayers go out to all the people who are effected by this fire and to the firefighters who are bravely battling to contain it.

Well, I hope you all have a day that isn’t menacing!!!