Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Update

It's going to be 106 today.  I don't even know what to say about that.  Full on craziness this summer.  It's a bit of a hardship (as many of you know)... trying to keep our new trees alive... the expense of keeping the house cool... and just the overall yuckiness of not being able to go outside and enjoy the summer with the kids.  It just feels wrong that they've spent so many summer days inside.  You know?  But it's just plain too hot.

We just returned from a short vacation Up North at my family's cottage.  This might be the first time Mr F has taken any time off since we went to Disney at Thanksgiving.  Just two days mind you.  But it felt great, even those two days add a lot to the family.  That, and being away... not having any house stuff to eat up our time.  Family time has really taken a hit in the past couple of years, and we're having to put some thought into that.  We had one day so perfect, that we stayed on the beach for a full 5 hours, a sandbar pushed close to shore making the water shallow enough for Baby to enjoy.  Mr F said that if you told him we were in the Caribbean he'd believe you... the water was that turquoise.  It was perfect.  We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful place to visit.  The kids are getting older, these kind of trips are getting easier (and more fun), and it was really restorative.  While truthfully, these past few years have been more work then rest on these short trips.

On our way home we opened the car door at a rest stop and felt the heat rush in like a thick wet blanket.  It was disgusting and a big slap of reality.  We'd hoped it might have rained some while we were gone... but our barometer (the kids' chalk drawings) showed otherwise.  It made us all the more grateful we'd taken the long weekend away.

I got out as early as I could muster to water the trees on the hill (which bake all day) and then dragged myself in, letting the lower trees fend for themselves until it cools down a bit.  We're out of half & half (which is an emergency!) and other necessities but only a crazy person would attempt a grocery run knowing that their car seats will likely reach 1000 degrees while you're in the store.  It's just not worth it.  I guess we'll be eating buttered noodles today.... and we'll like it.

So much more.... but.... I still haven't adjusted to these glasses and I need to go rest my eyes a bit.
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