It’s a gorgeous day in North Carolina and that’s not a sentence I would expect to type as July comes to an end. All the summer lovers are bummed about the rain and cloudy days at the beach but I, for one, am not complaining at all because I don’t particularly care for blazing hot heat because the lack of exercise since I came back from Oklahoma weeks ago hasn’t done anything for bare legs.
Bring on the woolen slacks.
We are winding down our summer at Casa de Carpool. The boys go back to school on Monday (already?!?) so we’ve been trying to cram a lot of fun into these last few days of track out. What have we done?
1. We dodged thunderclouds long enough to have fun at the pool.
The boys enjoy swimming more when they have friends to dunk and splash. I planned a few pool parties in recent days which were a lot of fun. The kids are into playing Chicken and poor Tommy has come face to face with the realization that the down side to having the broadest shoulders is being relegated to low man on the three-high totem pole.
2. We’ve done a little homeschooling. You know, just to stay fresh for the classroom.
3. We visited our friendly neighborhood Farmer’s Market.
Okay, maybe that activity wasn’t so much for the boys as it was for me. But they’ll be grateful when it comes time for winter minestrone or peach butter on breakfast toast. Or cardboard or shoe leather.
4. We stimulated the economy.
I was feeling a little crazy and housebound on Monday so we loaded up and drove to Concord Mills near Charlotte to spend the afternoon and knock out our back-to-school shopping. We managed to get a few items crossed off the list (thank you, Champs, for carrying size 15 tennis shoes) and the kids enjoyed playing around at Bass Pro Outdoor World.
Tommy and JJ spent an inordinate amount of time looking at things that blow other things to smithereens. Meanwhile, Travis occupied himself with an ADORABLE puppy that was in the store being trained as a companion guide and by taking selfies.
I will spare you the 8,000 other ones that reside on my camera roll.
Not to be outdone, I had fun with my friends Willie, Phil, Si, and Jase. Who needs a beard when you have enough humidity hair to fill the frame?
5. We made a plan come together.
About three months ago, I got an email from fellow blogger and on-line friend Kay telling me that she was going to be in NC for a conference and could we somehow manage to make it happen for us to meet. I jumped at the chance to see her. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read Kay’s writing or been on the receiving end of her kind words, get thee over to her blog and she will speak peace and encouragement into your heart. Craig was out of town for a conference so my friend Angie stepped in to help with childcare so I could drive to Charlotte to have dinner with Kay.
She’d had A DAY of delayed planes, trains, and automobiles getting to her hotel (which they switched three times on her) and how she managed to look fabulous and unruffled in her red dress I will never know. And even though we’d never met in person, I felt as though I’d known her all my life. She is as kind, gentle, peace-filled, warm, and loving in person as she is on-line and that is such a testament to her character.
We had a funny conversation about our dinner location when she started out by letting me know she knew I liked a lot of ethnic-y foods but that she might not necessarily be my girl on that adventure. We settled on ethnic American-Italian and went to Carrabba’s (hello, panna cotta!) and had a great time filling each other in on all the non-bloggy details of our lives.
Our time was unfortunately limited since I had to drive back to Raleigh and she had to attend an evening event and in the rush we almost forgot to take a picture and you’d think that at a conference full of bloggers that we could find someone to snap the shutter but no one was around in the parking lot so I did and yours truly once again did a stellar job of making sure the backdrop scenery was beautiful and artsy.
Family, food, and friends.
Yes, it has been a great summer.
Have a nice day.