the end of summer

Its still 32 days until the official start to Autumn (not that I'm counting), but yesterday marked Gwen's last day of summer session. She is home with Trav today, and tomorrow we leave for vacation. We'll be in Rhode Island, then up to Salem, Mass., then out to Cape Cod... returning Sept. 1st. Then, our summer schedule, our summer vacations, for all intents and purposes, our summer, is over.

I'm not complaining. Its been a good one. Did we get to do everything we planned? No. Did we have a lot of fun anyway? Absolutely!

September, the start of school session, feels bigger then it has other years. This year marks the last one for Gwen in the program that she's attended since she was 12 weeks old. Its surreal and very final. My baby isn't a baby anymore, she is a kid. She is sensitive and sweet, intelligent and oh so bull-headed. I worry, oh gosh, do I worry... but I think going to a new school and making some new friends will be really good for her in the long run. Remind me of that next fall, won't you?

In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy every moment of our last summer hurrah; our time away from the hustle and bustle.

Then I'll count down the days until the holiday time off...    :-)


birthday weekend

What a great weekend!

Mine started on Friday. I hit up a yoga class in the morning, then headed home to relax and wait for Babs. It was so great spending time with her! We got fun pedicures, and finally took adequate pictures of our butts.


Saturday Trav and I had a wedding in the afternoon, so my mom came down around 11, and Heather, Trav, and I all left (for various destinations!) at 1.

There was a big break between the 2pm Catholic ceremony and the 6:30pm reception, so we met Tally-le for some apps and a drink. It was really nice to spend non-work time together! 

Sunday my mom headed out around 9, then Trav, Gwen, and I left at 9:40 to go scout out some houses. On the pull side, she had a great time, and apparently thinks that looking at houses is the best time. On the minus side, all three houses are a bust for us. Two were just in bad shape and would have needed a lot of money put into them, the third was in great shape, and we were thrilled with the downstairs... but the upstairs was tiny and the "two bedrooms" were really only about the size of one. Not what we need.

That afternoon we enjoyed some lazy time at home, then cooked up my requested birthday dinner (done on Sunday so I wouldn't have to cook the whole thing myself on Friday!):

Tuna turnovers and macaroni with yeasty cheese (not pictured: super yummy asparagus that was finishing in the oven). Total comfort foods. Completely delicious.

Now we're at another Monday, and another 4-day work week for me. This time followed by our Cape Cod vacation! This month has flow by as quickly as I suspected it would, and I can't believe that when we return from vacation its already going to be time for the "fall rush" at work with events almost every week.

Ah well, not rushing to get there yet! Here's to enjoying the rest of August.



Today I am 32.

I took the day off, and plan to celebrate with some morning yoga, pedicures with my best girl Babs, and plenty of laziness. Its a cool, but sunny day... perfect. Even Mother Nature is giving me a gift.

I like 32 already. My 31st year was good to me, but this one is shaping up to be even better. During 31 I put in the work on a lot of things, but this year is when I will see a lot of them come to fruition. Plus, 32 is just such a nice round number.  ;-)  I've never been one to dread birthdays, I've always loved them, and I'm so grateful that that continues as I get older. Its a celebration. I've made it another year, and am another year wiser.

Thank goodness.