Simple Summer Mantel
So it is still not officially summer and my kids are still in school, but I must admit I am already in full summer mode. ¬†In fact, I am writing this post on my second vacation of the summer. ¬†Don't hate me, but I am in Hawaii visiting one of my best friends. ¬†Two weeks ago, I was in Florida celebrating my cousin's wedding. ¬†I will also be going to spend a week in NH and two weeks in Europe this summer. Am I sharing all of this to make you feel bad and wish you were here? No, not even close. I am sharing this because I have a tendency, especially over the last few years to let the summer slip past. ¬†They always seem to go so fast and we never do what we set out to do. ¬†Well this is the year we decided to just "book it". ¬†We are using up every last travel point, frequent flyer mile and credit card point we have to maximize this summer. And in between the trips, I hope to really enjoy our time at home. ¬†I want to actually swim in our pool, not just a little bit, but a lot. ¬†I want to have friends over. ¬†I want our kids to have their friends over. I want to cook yummy meals with fresh grown ingredients and feed the people we love. ¬†I want to actually light the candles I have throughout the house and pick flowers in the yard to put in our kitchen. And I plan to take lots and lot of pictures. ¬†I take pictures of the house and projects all the time, but this summer I am taking pictures of people and places. ¬†And then I am going to actually print them out and not just leave them on my computer. This set of vintage galvanized roofing panels, that also work as a magnet board, will hopefully be filled with pictures of our summer adventures and our every days. ¬†I want to be able to look back in September and know that the summer of 2015 was well lived and loved. How about you? ¬†You don't need to go to Europe, but that doesn't mean this can't be a summer that is fully lived and loved. ¬†Let's take lots of pictures together and print them and be able to look back on the great memories we made. ¬†I know I only have a few more summers before my older daughter is off to college (ugh). ¬†I want to be able to look back and know that we lived well, we had adventures and spent time together. Thanks so much for reading!