Each time we visit the boys, we stay at the same little resort. It's perfect because besides having a playground and a small pool, it's right on the water. So, when Derek & Caleb wanted a quick break from Uncle Jan's old Legos - which wasn't too often :) - there were all kinds of opportunity for shell collecting and rock throwing and general beach combing.
On September 1st, no matter how toasty it is in these parts, I am going to pull out every fall decoration we own and start burning pumpkin spice candles. But until then, here's what part of our summer has looked like; it's been a good one :)
We spent the last two weeks of July in British Columbia and WA and it was the highlight of the whole season for both of us. Getting from Texas to the Sunshine Coast is a little bit of a process - a flight from Dallas to Salt Lake City, another from Salt Lake City to Seattle, driving from Seattle across the border to the north side of Vancouver, a ferry ride, more driving, another ferry ride, and more driving after that - but there are beautiful things to see all along the way and it gave me an excuse to take pictures of two of my favorite things, the sky and the water :)
All of Memorial Day, the wind and rain tag-teamed the thunder and lightning; there was a lot of roaring and booming and shaking of the dishes in the cupboards. And then sometime in the early evening the bluster blew away and we were treated to this:
It was the sort of display that makes a neighborhood congregate in the street, for sure.
Actually, a better title would be 'the calm between.' It's been storming here off and on (mostly on) for weeks now; in fact, as I type, the next round of thunder is rolling in. We had a evening's break earlier this week from lashing wind and lightning strikes and flash flood warnings, so I skipped off down the road to chase the sunset.
The silver lining to so much rain (except for those where record-breaking flooding has been and continues to be catastrophic and devastating) is the several-years-long, state-wide drought has been eased and...I've not been able to mow the lawn in ages :)
We celebrated our 17th anniversary on Saturday. Jan Michael brought me roses, waffles and donuts that morning, and for dinner I took him to Taco Bell. We spent the in between hours being lazy and together; it was lovely.
Our very formal anniversary portrait, shot on location at the top of the stairs and in our pajamas:
"What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow."
"The older I get, the less time I want to spend with the part of the human race that didn't marry me."