farewell summer

September 11, 2017

our 10-week recap

it feels so good to be writing this post. it gives me the closure i have been craving. i’m really excited for fall and our new schedule we’ve been working on the past couple of weeks. but, i also feel a little guilty moving on from summer. i know this sounds silly, as seasons don’t have feelings like people. but ever since school started, we are feeling so over summer!

so here is my formal farewell to summer 2017. one final recap of the 10-weeks we enjoyed together. one final look back at the moments that filled our hearts and put a smile on our face.

week 1 
we enjoyed our backyard and we didn’t leave our home all week. the weather was beautiful and it was so nice to relax with zero plans after such a busy school year. everything you can imagine summer to look like in a backyard from a slip n’ slide, pool, trampoline, and water balloons – we did it all!
week 2 
lauren lost her two front teeth! they both fell out the same week. she was even brave enough to let me try the old ‘tie a string around the tooth and slam the door trick’ that my father used on me.week 3
the girls and i went raspberry picking. we learned the proper technique for testing to see which raspberries were ready to pick and which we had to leave alone. the girls managed to fill their baskets to the brim. we enjoyed the fresh berries on our oatmeal and in our smoothies all week.

week 4
we enjoyed a staycation in vancouver. it was a lovely little escape where we swam in the hotel pool, ordered in room service and enjoyed short strolls in some of our favourite parts of town.
week 5
we visited parsksville with the grandparents. we built sand castles, flew a kite and played baseball on the beach. watching my 86 year old grandma strike the baseball on the beach was priceless.
week 6
we helped my in-laws celebrate 50 years of marriage in whistler. it was so lovely that everyone in the family took the time out of their busy schedules to come together to celebrate this lovely couple.week 7
the girls enjoyed their very first lemonade stand. they squeezed lemons, we baked cookies and we invited friends and family over to enjoy the goods.

week 8
my babies very first haircut! she wanted her hair styled with an elsa braid at the end. she loved the whole experience.

week 9
we stayed in a little cabin in the woods. we tubed down a fresh water river, ate hot dogs with friends and made s’mores on the bbq. it was a dirty couple of days, but some of our finest memories from summer happened this week.week 10
a trip to california was the perfect way to end summer. we started in santa monica, rode our bikes in venice beach and fell head over heels in love with santa barbara. the relaxed vibe in santa barbara was exactly what we were craving. we received a healthy dose or sun and heat before we returned to the cooler temperatures for the start of school.

if you’re feeling like i did last summer, full of regret for doing too much or not doing enough, i fully recommend doing a wish list for your season. even going as far as envisioning the type of mood and energy you want the season to hold helps.

doing this really helped me feel content at the end of summer, even though we didn’t check off everything on our list. i’m feeling at peace, and this is the first time in a long time that i’ve been able to say this.

now that i have closure to the season, i hope to embrace fall with a present mind and a clear conscience.

hot apple cider anyone?

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10 Comments

  • Reply Laura Landgreen September 11, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    This is so sweet! Your girls are darling and it looks like you had a magical summer. Cheers to fall!

    • Reply kristinelee September 13, 2017 at 8:57 am

      thanks laura! overall the season was really good and having this closure is such a freeing feeling. yes, a big cheers to fall indeed! 🙂

  • Reply karinuliving September 11, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    What a wonderful way to recap a summer season! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply kristinelee September 13, 2017 at 8:56 am

      thanks karin! i’m happy i took the time to write this post as i know i will appreciate looking back on it next year and the years to come. it’s always hard to find the time for blogging, but it always feels good once it’s done.

  • Reply Alyson September 12, 2017 at 10:59 am

    This is just beautiful Kristine. If you get the chance next summer – turning raspberries into homemade preserve is literally a taste of heaven and such a fun childhood memory! Im so glad you have a peaceful state of mind for the next season and no regrets of the amazing summer left behind! Thank you for sharing your beautiful moments and memories!

    • Reply kristinelee September 13, 2017 at 8:54 am

      hi alyson! that is such a lovely idea and would be a beautiful summer tradition to start with the girls. i have never made preserves before, but it is definitely something that i have been eager to try. i will have to add it to the list for next summer. 😉

  • Reply Amanda September 12, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    So many fun memories! Looks like an amazing summer 🙂

    • Reply kristinelee September 13, 2017 at 8:53 am

      thanks amanda! just like any season there were highs and lows. but i felt complete at the end of the season which was everything i hoped for. i’m so ready to start all the fun fall traditions that are just around the corner.

  • Reply Miriah September 29, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Love this Kristine! I’m going to start with the wish lists too! We learnt our lesson with a much too busy season this summer! Love all the photos and memories!

    • Reply kristinelee October 5, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      thanks lovely! i realize lists aren’t for everybody. but they work really well for our family. if we don’t have a proper plan in place, i feel like we spend our days (or seasons) walking around like a chicken with their head cut off.

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