right now: summer!

As these weeks of summer continue to move us slowly and surely toward the first cooler breezes of fall, I am trying my best to stay present with what is happening, right here, right now. For, though summer is, of course, luscious, delightful and full of juicy goodness, by mid-August, I usually find myself daydreaming about crisper air, turning leaves, the unpacking of colorful woolens, apples fresh from the tree… but wait! It is still summer, after all… and rushing it away by moving into autumn in my mind, well, that’s not what I want to be doing right now. The sooner autumn starts, the sooner winter will follow, and while autumn is my favorite season, well, winter is not. So, right now, I am loving:

Playing in water: at the beach, in the backyard, and under raindrops… (It rains here! A lot! I love it!)

Looking for shells on the beach on Orr's Island.

"Look Mama! I'm surfing!"

Beans, our silly dog, waits patiently for Quinn to throw water at her. She loves it!

Berries! Picked and eaten fresh, by the handful; made, by Joe, into incredible toppings for cheesecake and ice cream; baked into muffins; and whatever is left over, tucked into the freezer for those cold days to come… We’ve gone strawberry and raspberry picking this summer, and plan to go blueberry picking this week, this time picking enough for more eating and baking, but also, I hope, making some jam!

We found an amazing organic strawberry patch within a half hour’s drive from our house. Acres of ripe, luscious berries… I only wish we had made it back a second time before they closed for the season. The jam we could have made! Next year…

Morning muffin making boys

On my birthday, I took the boys raspberry picking.

Isaiah picked raspberries with me for a while, until he discovered a huge sandbox at the end of one of the rows of berry bushes… and that was the end of my help with picking! He did help me eat lots on the way home, though.

Quinn wandered around underfoot, picking and eating berries, until he too saw the sandbox. The next night during a diaper change, Papa discovered that Quinn had eaten a green beetle along with his raspberries! Hmm… natural immune-builder, perhaps? Words cannot express how happy I am that the beetle made his appearance in the one diaper I didn’t change that day!

But I digress… Moving on to more of what I’m loving about summer:

Sharing some good old fashioned, small town New England summer fun with my boys…

Isaiah was so intrigued by the cotton candy, and sounded so wistful, asking if we could buy him some, "for a very special treat?" It's summertime, it's the fair, I loved it when I was four... yes!

Visiting with my parents and other beloved family members down in Rhode Island, a mere three hours drive away! This year we were present at my dad’s birthday in late May, and my mom’s in early August, with lots of visits from them (and help with childcare during our two moves!) in between! Such a gift, to live close to my family of origin once again. The boys are soaking up the grandparent-love…

Gramma has two helpers for breakfast-making!

Happy Birthday PePere!

Frosting Gramma's cake...

Happy Birthday Gramma! (Quinn, very concerned, is signing that the candle flames are "hot!")

I didn’t serve Quinn any of the chocolate cake, but he really enjoyed his first bowl of ice cream!

Summertime may be short, but it sure is sweet, don’t you think?

What are you loving right now?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kate
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 07:26:26

    Amy! So sweet! I love the picture of quinn in rainbow stripes under Isaiah’s arm…
    Your hair is so long! You look great! I look forward to seeing you in almost a month!

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  2. Deborah McNamara
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 08:15:00

    Amy – i love this! these photos are so beautifuL! so nice to see a slice of life there… and yummy berries and baking projects! i am loving the tomatoes on my deck and eating them with rowan. he loves to pick them (and basil). i am loving pesto “cooking projects” as rowan calls them – and searching for dragonflies, grasshoppers, ladybugs and slugs in the open space here. AND – i saw FOUR snakes this weekend. hmmmm…. i see a future blog post coming! love you!!! can’t wait to see you next month!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Jason
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 08:56:20

    Love the pics and your narrative, Amy. Especially your thoughts around cotton candy. Good for you and him! I’m enjoying the smell of freshly-cut grass. I like hearing how you enjoy all the rain as I get tired of it at times. Sunny is great but yeah, I do remember it being uncomfortably hot and dry in Colorado so your comments are refreshing. I hear you on appreciating summer while it’s here but I also love your description of fall. While dreaming about the future isn’t enjoying the present, recognizing and appreciating the **anticipation** of fall certainly IS living in the now! Whether or not that makes sense I appreciate all of your words!

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  4. Mom
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 09:37:57

    Love all your comments about the seasons. So much for you all to discover with each new season in Maine. But I especially love all the photos of the boys. And especially love the stripey Quinn trying to get into the action of making breakfast at my house. I remember him doing that – so feisty.

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