A Little Love for Summer

Autumn always has been and always will be my favorite season -- I'm pretty sure you've picked up on that already, if you been reading for any length of time -- but for the first time since I was a kid going over to Babs's house to swim every. single. day, I have discovered a new love for summer.

This summer has just been so full of things that I love; there's been swimming and travel, time with my girl, yoga, and so much grilling and good food eating. In summer's defense, past years have mostly meant, other then a week of fun in Cape Cod and some other random weekend trips, doing my best not to sweat too hard through my work clothes on my way into work in the morning, 8 hours in front of a computer, then sweating my way to the train for the ride home to our mostly not air conditioned house. By the end of this June though, I'd already spent more time in or at the pool then I had in probably the past 3 or more years combined. I already had my August tan going!

Not to mention that the almost nightly thunderstorms in Colorado throughout June were a really, really nice treat! Followed by almost a month on the road!

Next summer will be different of course. I will hopefully have regular yoga classes, and doula clients. We'll be back to a more standard week or two of vacation, and Gwen will probably need to be in a summer camp of some kind. For now though, I'm really enjoying a newfound love of what was previously a rather unappreciated season for me!


Monkey Business {a Smoothie Recipe}

Moody skies that morning...
This is not going to be a pretty recipe. Let me just put that out there. It was made in a hurry, when I was tired and hungry and cranky and... well, lets just say that I'd "had a morning" (who hasn't, right?) and didn't get breakfast until after walking Gwen to school. I was feeling as moody as the skies that morning, and I needed something quick. While I could have have made my normal green smoothie just as easily as this... well, frankly, I didn't want green. I wanted treat. I thought it was a big enough accomplishment that I didn't immediately reach for some of the cake that was residing in my pantry, so this was a reward smoothie! And it really is a treat, though their is no added sugar, so it still is far better then reaching for that cake!

Monkey Business Smoothie

1/2 frozen banana
1/2 green apple, cored and quartered
1 c milk
1 Tbsp whole milk plain greek yogurt (I love Smári, which is super thick, super high in protein, and way lower in sugars then any other brand I've seen)

1 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter
2 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Pop all ingredients into your blender and blend until everything is broken down and combined.
Then blend a little more because the coconut likes to be tricky!

2. Take it outside and drink it with your dog and your flowers... and maybe feel not so cranky anymore.

Enjoy, friends!


Not-So-Wordless Wednesday {First Grader!}

Last Thursday was Gwen's first day back to school. This is our second First Day of School and I met it this year with much more excitement and many less fears then last year. I think the same was true for Gwen (though she was nervous the night before and day of).

She's gotten so big! Last year she was only up to that middle lock. 

Nerves aside, her first day went well. 

I'm so proud of my big First Grader! I can't wait to see all she learns this year. 



Portrait of a 34 year old (with new Harry Potter shirt!)

I feel like this year has been spent going back and forth between so so much looking ahead, planning, anticipating... sprinkled with these wonderful trips and moments when I'm completely present. I'm getting better at being present, but this year has been a huge one with huge things and its hard not to get caught up in the excitement of them all.

During 33:
I moved cross-country, visited 8 new states, got another tattoo, dyed my hair blue, sent my baby off to Kindergarten (then first grade!), became a doula (and attended my first birth!), got certified as a yoga teacher, started my own business, lost 10 lbs, read 6 of the Harry Potter books to Gwen, visited so many National Parks and State Parks, hiked so many miles, been lonely, made amazing friends, and cooked so much good food (and new food).

Hair prep.

I cannot even imagine what all 34 will bring.

More travel, for sure, more food and friends, yoga classes and births. One silly wish? I daydream of a full weekend home all alone! Trav and Gwen off somewhere together, and me, left to my own devises for a full 48 hours (or more!).  I guess we'll just have to wait and see!