This morning, I put on a flowy dress and sandals. With the windows down, I drove past an older gentleman wandering around his yard in his robe, checking on his tomato plants. Next door, a young family was piling into their over-packed truck, which was towing a pop-up trailer. Fat squirrels and squeaky chipmunks played chicken with my car, and I met two girlfriends for coffee in the sunshine. Tonight, we’re grilling homemade pizzas and eating on the patio. The windows will stay open all night. These are the days I wait for all year– long and warm, full of sun and color and joy. After a busy couple of traveling weeks, I’m content to be home with my family, enjoying summertime’s perfection.
What made you smile this week?
My favorite shrub in the neighborhood.
Impossible to say no.
John caught this moment of utter relaxation on the beach in Mexico.
Pizza on the grill is on regular rotation around here!
Perfect summer sky.
Who cares about the empty back seat? I have Mama’s LAP for seven hours.
We had a picnic at this lovely rest stop outside of Moab.
A warm welcome at Mom and Dad’s! There were margaritas involved.
Grandma and Grandpa’s yard is like a park! Dog Heaven.
I need a tree like this in my yard.
My folks and I went exploring. Count the dandelions!
My senior photo is always worth another look. #bighairforever #smoothforeheadenvy
Daily stroll under the cottonwoods.
Look what happened in our yard while we were gone!
It felt good to be back on the trails after lazy vacations.
‘Tis the season.
Please tell me you tried this Sriracha-Lime Salmon! YUM.
Chive blossom explosion.
New plant babies!
I love when she lounges with me like this.
Big, fat, droopy, peonies = summer.
Cholula and I explored a new trail with my friend, Melissa!
Stalking chipmunks through the glass door.
There’s a large family of them and they’re getting rather brave.
Al fresco coffee is such a pleasant way to greet the day.
The sunset was gorgeous two nights ago!
One year ago, we stayed at this incredible YURT.
Two years ago, I channeled Annie Oakley at the shooting range.
Three years ago, John and I were in Dubois, Wyoming.
Four years ago, I was falling in love with my new little condo.
And this was this morning.
You know. Just the usual bliss.
One year ago: Thai Shrimp Quinoa