Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tomorrow is June!

Oh, sure. The sun decides to come out the day after we want to go hiking. We took the kids to the Church History Museum instead. It worked out, but I'm aching for some up-closeness with nature!

Technically, today is the first day of summer vacation. Saturday shouldn't have counted because it was a Saturday. Yesterday didn't count because it was a holiday. Today counts. So far, so good! The kids were up and dressed and ready for the day before 9AM. Not bad, eh? Of course, the girls had piano lessons at 10AM and the house cleaners came at 9AM and I have five bazillion loads of laundry to do, so, you know... There was stuff to do. When there is not stuff to do, then ask me how it went. Except there is never any day without stuff to do. We always have stuff to do. Why is that?

I didn't start our "school" today, and I might just put it off until we get back from our vacation. I figured if I started it, then they wouldn't keep it up while the sitters were here, and then I'd have to start over anyway. I'm saving myself so much frustration and time this way! At least that's what I keep telling myself.

Speaking of summer schedules, I talked with Brandon last night and I think I've come to the conclusion that this summer is going to be a lot more low-key. In the past I try to throw in as many vacations/trips as I possibly can (since I love travel and all that exciting stuff), but this year, with Brandon's work schedule not as forgiving (school was a hard one, and now we're going to Hawaii --he kind of needs to show up at the office every once in a while, eh?), and with my desire to not be alone without him (like I have been for 2 years), I've decided we should just stay home. So, aside from a few family camping trips, we'll probably just stick around home. No Lake Lopez, no Canada, no Idaho (well, maybe some Idaho), and no random expeditions I tend to create at the last minute.

Of course, I reserve the right to change my crazy mind, but for now, it feels nice. I think it would be good if the kids took swim lessons, spent more time with their friends, and we just hiked and camped around Utah Valley, you know? Besides, Brandon and I are going to have to leave them again in August when we go to Portland (whoo-hoo!), and so maybe I'm just trying to assuage the guilt I feel every time we leave them (which has been way too often these past couple of years, I know).

What are you doing this summer? And did I already ask you this? And if I did, could you answer again?

I haven't lost any more weight. Sigh. Nothing more to say about that one.

I bought a new swimming suit for Hawaii while I was at Costco last week. I found my size, a suit that should flatter my figure, and a color I love. I took it home with trepidation. Swimming suit shopping is horrendous (the comic strips do not lie) and I still am not sure why. I mean, we're just getting in the ocean/lake/river/pool to get wet, snorkel, and/or swim, right? Why should we worry what we are wearing? Why does it matter so much? I'm not sure why, I just know that it does. I blame social media. But anyway, I took this suit home and tried it on and voila! It's gorgeous! Fits me! Wonderful! Of course, I'll still wear my board shorts (everyone will thank me later), but it was nice to have a very positive swimming suit shopping experience.

I'm thinking about growing my hair out again. Like, below my shoulders, maybe to my shoulder blades length. What do you think? I kind of miss my long hair and being able to throw it back in a pony tail or under a hat, or braid it, or whatever. Should I grow it out? Do you have long hair or short hair? Why did you cut it/grow it out?

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Amanda D said...

We had planned on staying around here for the summer but now my MIL is getting remarried so we are coming to Utah! Other than that, we are staying around here. Having a yard sale. Hiking. Hopefully camping a time or two. Exploring parks.

That rocks that you found a swimming suit that fits and you like. I am in need of a new suit...and am not looking forward to buying one.

Hope you get to get out hiking soon!

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

We had planned a road trip to visit my dad...but in a whirlwind of the last few weeks I packed him up and moved him up here! So I'll be spending my summer learning how to care for him (he's got Parkinson's), and teaching my boys the importance of serving our loved ones. :)

I was growing my hair out too...and then I volunteered to let my SIL practice her hair-cutting skills on me....sigh. So, I'm starting again. :)

evitafjord said...

Last year was our Epic Road Trip, so this year will be close to home. I'm taking College Algebra (started this morning) and then Precalc in Summer 2. Four of the kids are going to musical theatre camps, 2 weeks each, which are taught by Dad at the local theatre and the 3 girls will be in the summer musical too (Annie!). We have a super cute sewing project we're going to work on. Hoping to get a membership at the local pool/gym in the next week or so. Kids aren't done with school until Friday noon.

I have made a hair pact with my sister-in-law - if I ever consider growing mine out again, she will virtually smack me and talk me out of it and if she ever considers cutting hers short again, I will do the same for her.

evitafjord said...

Oh, and we got a puppy. So, yeah.

Stephanie said...

Somehow the boy scouts and our extended families have planned what seems like the entire summer for us. It's not the same for me, though, since neither of my kiddos are in school. I'm just hoping for great tomatoes and reasonable weather!!

I grew my hair out to half-way down my back, and as you know, that is A LOT of hair. Then I chopped it all off above my chin for locks-of-love (had to do it that short to get the full 10 inches and still have a style). It felt great to give something as simple as hair, but now I'm growing it back out again. Not to half-way down my back, though. Just long enough for a pony-tail or French braid.

sariqd said...

You know - it's funny, I HATE having to look for a swimsuit... and having my husband see me in it. Of course, that makes PERFECT sense as he's, well, my HUSBAND! :/
GOOD JOB on finding a fabulous-fitting one!

Mia said...

I'm leaving for El Salvador a week from today. It's finally happening! I couldn't have done it without your hospitality. I'll try to call you before I leave. I have a lot to tell you. Did you hear that Brionna is engaged?

Anonymous said...

I used to cut my hair off every time I had a baby. It's been long for awhile now. I've decided I like my hair better longer than short, but I really like your hair shorter. It always looks cute. Have I known you with long hair? Maybe I just don't have anything to compare it with.

Anyway, the great thing about hair is if you change your mind you can a)always cut it later or b)grow it out, so no big either way.