For many people, August may mean the end of summer, but I’m going to hold onto that free summer feeling as long as I can! I love fall too, but I don’t feel ready to go there yet.
kid dates date with John wear a skirt on a normal day play tennis at least once bike once a week try 2 new hairstyles monthly family adventure
- hike/run the 54 miles of the International Appalachian Trail in my area (I did part of it!)
kayak twice organize and run farm camp make a raw meal (just for fun!)
- complete a sewing project with Hannah
- make a kite with BenBen
walk to the playground
A couple weeks ago, we were straggling into a folk festival with the four kids when a couple breezed past us holding hands and smiling. The man grinned and said, I remember those days…and someday you’ll be free like us. As he said it, he raised his wife’s hand in victory. We all laughed; it was truly funny. As I think about my goals, I know that life goes in stages, and someday the fact that I do or do not hike on the International Appalachian Trail will be more a result of my choices (barring ill health) than the fact that I simply cannot do things because I lack the freedom. That is hard. I have the energy. I have the motivation. The goal itself truly is not that huge. But that is my life at this moment.
What is working…
This past weekend, we planned a family hike up a mountain we’ve never traveled before. When I explained our plan to the park ranger, she was very hesitant of our kids’ ability to complete the trail. I explained that I had never hiked it before so I didn’t know what it was, but that I thought the kids were able. I rattled off their hiking resume. I gave dates. I gave names. And in the end, she smiled and said she too thought they could do it. Not only did they hike that mountain that day, but they tacked on another peak as well (because they wanted to). My kids have a fantastic resume of hiking accomplishments! Hannah and BenBen are very anxious to hike Mt. Katahdin…next year?
What is not working…
Reading. Writing. Craft time. I guess that’s what winter is for! In fact, I am overwhelmed by how hard it is to keep up right now. And I don’t watch any TV, I have not watched even a portion of a movie since last winter, I don’t read blogs anymore…and still I cannot keep up. So, I’ll just keep doing my best! :)
I’m thinking about…
Traditional New England farmhouse gardens and what were in them…wouldn’t it be cool to have a garden of those traditional plants and learn their uses?! I’m sure you all have been dying to learn more about that. :)
Wind energy. There is talk of wind towers in our area and I’ve gone from not my preference to no way, Jose! as I’ve learned more.
From the bookshelf…
- A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot
- Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Joseph Egan/ Donn Fendler
- dates with the kids
- date with John
- family vacation!
- play tennis once
- kayak twice
- do a fun breakfast for the first day of fall
- finish up the IAT in our area
- do two new hikes
- figure out how to use my serger
- re-upholster a headboard
- sewing projects with the kids
Aim high, right?! And maybe we’ll start school?
What have you been up to? Thinking about? Any of you know much about wind power?