Tree Houses and Rose Gardens

Kristen and I are constantly wanting to slow down Summer since we absolutely love this precious time of year. Lately during our weekly website meetings, the first topic has consistently been Summer! And could it just please last forever… ? 

Less paperwork, more family days 
Less jackets, more sunshine’s rays 
Less full swing 
More ice cold anything 

Less neckties 
More outside, blue skies 
FUN in full supply 
It’s our favorite season.. now you know why! 😉

Just like Christmas is for kids, Summer is for adults! There are family vacations, hikes, snorkeling, gardening, 3-day weekends, treehouses built from neighborhood scraps, summer plays, camps, swimming pools, good books, and bike rides. It will reawaken your inner child!

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Summer is a sweeter, more leisurely time of year. It’s a conscious slowing down.

To children, the long, lazy days of Summer feel expansive and endless. But as we grow up and fill our days with obligations, time seems to fly by. We can, however, prolong Summer.

“The more detailed the memory, the longer the moment seems to last. This explains why we think that time speeds up when we grow older and why childhood summers seem to go on forever. The more familiar the world becomes, the less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems to pass.” (David Eagleman quote from Inc. magazine, July 2013)

Just by being present, paying attention to our environment, and actively noticing new things, we can slow time down. Take a moment to remind yourself to look up at the sky. You can possibly catch a meteor shower, iridium flare, satellites passing, or even the space station! Or sleep outside—under the stars. There are more healthy, fresh foods readily available in summer too, like watermelon, corn on the cob, peaches, and strawberries. Immerse yourself in the experience of all these delicious and gluten free foods!

Last week I saw the first red rose on my new rose bush. The sun hit it just right, and it was simply gorgeous. A close sunshine-y second to the wonderful Summer visitors! Some of the crew from North Coast’s hip-hop comedy team were in town and brought a bucket of happiness with them. I love to cook and entertain for visitors, and spoiled them with Egg Sandys, BBQ chicken, and cheeseburgers with sweet onions and avocados. And they 100% spoiled me with tremendous unconditional love and lots of laughter! We didn’t build a tree house… but did create an everlasting bond of love and mutual respect.

Summer is a gift. It gives you a lift! It’s like a kiss on the forehead. Or a freshly ironed shirt. It’s chunks of pineapple on a salty beach day or Lipton tea on lots of ice. Try the best you can to not to let it slip by too quickly.

Hopefully next summer my rose garden will be big enough to cut some beautiful red roses and bring them to the table for a repeat gathering.