Just enough…

just enough
picnics at the beach with friends…
board games…
I really can’t believe our summer is halfway over, but that seems to be the case. In many ways, this has been our best in a long time, but for simple reasons. The kids are able to find what it is that they enjoy (reading…drawing…journalling…building tracks for cars…Legos) and have no need the structure that the rest of their lives provide. I offer up opportunities to do art projects or present activities. Sometimes they are all for it. Other times, they just say “no thanks mom, I’m going to keep doing this” and continue playing. So, we eat peaches that make embarrassing messes of our hands and faces, we walk to get ice cream, we fill our shoes with sand that we pour out at the end of the day, we read chapter upon chapter of a new favorite book.
So, please excuse the laisez faire-ness. Our summer is both full and empty.
Just enough, it seems.
I hope yours is.

  • tif

    July 22, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I love that- both full and empty.
    that is a perfect description of our summer here.

  • Pam

    July 22, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I hope the second half of your summer is just as full and empty. It sounds perfect.

  • Mariah

    July 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for putting it so eloquently… us too:)

  • di

    July 22, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Sounds perfect!
    I love that the centre of the photo is clear space, with wonderful things around the edges. How life should be- uncluttered but full of opportunities.

  • blair/wisecraft

    July 22, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I like that too di! xo

  • Erin | house on hill road

    July 22, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    that’s what i hope next week holds for us. no commitments and time to dabble in whatever each of us wants.

  • Katie

    July 22, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    How wonderfully put.

  • amisha

    July 22, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    that sounds just about right. xo

  • Paula

    July 23, 2009 at 4:43 am

    I love that quilt! I’ve decided I want to make a quilt for my nephew who just graduated high school. My husband is unemployed so I gave him a measly cash gift. That quilt…though intensive looking…is awesome! Great way to use my stash!

  • Gretchen Skovron

    July 23, 2009 at 4:47 am

    I can hardly believe the summer is half way over and yet I feel like we have nothing to show for it. But then when you look closer you’ll see the laughter, hours of reading, small moments of cuddling sweet boys who someday won’t want “mommy-cuddles”…yes it’s been a full, full summer.

  • this little light

    July 23, 2009 at 6:45 am

    I am always worried about them being bored and sometimes I’ll say “let’s cook this” or “let’s make this” and then they don’t WANT to…What? Are you kidding me? I’m trying to be creative here..Work with me, kids…

  • Rid

    July 23, 2009 at 6:59 am

    I hope you just enough!!! Happy summertime!!!!

  • Craftingfunforkids.typepad

    July 23, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Blair, remember that tutorial for a field bag? Check out todays photo on My Little Hen. A little girl visitor opened the book to that very page yesterday.
    I think it will be coming along in the next week or so just in time for August adventures.

  • Toni

    July 23, 2009 at 8:42 am

    You summer sounds absolutely perfect in every way.
    The colors of your quilt project up there are making me swoon big time, geez…

  • Chara Michele

    July 23, 2009 at 11:50 am

    That sounds like a lovely summer 🙂

  • jeannine

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  • Kay Snyder

    July 24, 2009 at 5:48 am

    that little snipit of your quilt makes my heart do flip flops…I love it :o)

  • gkgirl

    July 26, 2009 at 11:47 am

    this is also my summer…
    and i like it.

  • Caroline Rose

    July 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    What a wonderful summer, a dream that the kids can entertain themselves!

  • blair/wisecraft

    July 26, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks Caroline, it is nice when that happens. Your artwork is just lovely!

  • Karin

    July 27, 2009 at 8:15 am

    That sounds like a lovely summer indeed. We are having a summer like that here too. The little ones are doing a lot of outside playing, are mad about the lego and sometimes do their mama a pleasure and craft a bit with me 😉

  • kendall*micayla

    July 28, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    i love it when you write lists like this 🙂 you should write a whole book of them! (with photos of course.)

  • tsktsk

    August 7, 2009 at 3:45 am

    and our winter is nearly at the end..but I dread the heat!
    this quilt is just divine. well done

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