of gratitude for laughter, iced coffee, + good dancing hair
Sometimes it feels like I come screeching to the end of summer and realize all those plans I had — the trips to the beach, lazy evenings on the porch, fun road trips, cute bathing suits and poolside cocktails — never actually happened. In all my good intentions, the busy-ness of work and summer itself took over and I was left with more wishes than memories.
Well, I’ve decided to take hold of this summer and cram as many wonderful memories into it as I possibly can. June has barely begun and already, I have handfuls of wonderful times that give me a good, wiggly feeling in my stomach that this is going to be one epic summer.
We’ve had days lingering at the beach, playing Frisbee in the waves. Gin and tonics in the hot sun, with lots of extra limes. An intimate Bible study with beautiful friends on the best porch in town. A new cropped haircut that makes every summer outfit seem extra cute, paired with a growing affinity for bracelets and mint green nail polish. Mornings spent drinking coffee and Skyping with friends on the front porch, to balance the insanely long work days that summer brings. Wine to toast Sunday evenings, sprawled out on the dock at Reeds Lake. Cakes made, cookies shared, jam preserved, strawberries gobbled, and so many delicious foods savored with wonderful friends and family. Road trips stuffed full of giggles, dancing until we drop at amazing concerts (oh, the Avett Brothers!!!), homeward stops at the best deli ever, and ridiculously huge burgers at 1 a.m. that made us all groan for hours because eating greasy food in the middle of the night is not kind to bodies over 25.
I’m taking back summer, friends.
And it’s oh so good.