Isn’t this picture magnificent? I took this picture while hanging out on the Ocean City beach with my youngest son and his best friend and his mom (who is also my friend) as we kicked off the start of Summer. There was something about this image- the darkness of clouds kissing the bright clear sky – that touched me deeply. If felt as if this beautiful juxtaposition of nature was a reminder to always keep searching for the light even when things seem dark. On this day we could have easily been scared away by the weather but decided to stay on the beach and see what happened. And, you know what? We were greeted with the most glorious beach day. The sun was shining brightly, the ocean was calm and the Summer breeze felt good. The kind of stuff Summers are made for, you know?
School is officially over for us. I couldn’t be more proud of my boys (even if they do drive me crazy sometimes). My oldest just completed the second grade and really finished the year strong. I’ve seen such growth in him this year and look forward to witnessing firsthand his maturity and watching him figure out where his path will lead him. And for my youngest, he just finished kindergarten and had a wonderfully moving graduation ceremony filled with pomp and circumstance. I admit, I cried. We are done with a school that has cared for my boys for many years. I have grown to love many of the staff members there and he just looked so big to me on stage. It was a lot to take in all at once and this ice princess shed a tear or two.
On Tuesday the boys started camp and we couldn’t be more excited for them. They attend an amazing day camp filled with so many wonderful activities, from zip lining to cooking to daily swimming and DJ Pool Parties. They love their camp and counselors and come home so happy everyday. I just love that we can give our boys this experience. I did not have a camp experience when I was young and I always feel like I missed out on something.
We have multiple outings planned over the Summer with people we enjoy including baseball games, attending shows, BBQs and pool parties. I am also attending two concerts (so far), Billy Joel and Maroon 5, and we will have family visiting us from Oklahoma in July. This on top of the fact that we just booked a big trip for the Fall (but more on that later). Plus, I have lots of opportunities on the horizon for the blog which excite me and keep all of this feeling fun instead of feeling stressful.
In other news, I am in such a good place right now which is maybe why this photo speaks to me on so many levels. I am not one to hide that I struggle with moments of depression, anxiety and multiple overwhelmings. But today, right now, this week, this month – things are good and for that, I am grateful.
I am especially grateful that my family is safe and my house is not damaged after the huge storm/tornado we had in our area Tuesday night. It was absolutely terrifying and the closest I EVER want to come to a tornado. My husband is from Kansas so he is accustomed to this type of weather but I definitely am not. I saw trees uprooted, sheds destroyed and fences blown away like toothpicks. I often like to think I can handle anything but this definitely scared me. I screamed and I was running around like a nut – it was not a good look. But, we fared well. Our house maintained electricity (many in my area are still without) and we sustained minimal damage. Lucky to say the least.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I just love Summer. Life is more relaxed. Summer gets me and I get Summer. It is my season. I can’t wait to see what else this Summer has in store for me. As much as I hate surprises, I love the anticipation of something great and I feel like this Summer is going to be a good one!
Well, I guess that is all for now. Stay tuned for some more fun things this week. I have lots of posts ready for you for next week but until then, make sure you check out my Pink Lemonade Moonshine post. It is my favorite post of the week!
I hope you enjoyed this latest Dishing with Linda recap. Take care GGG crew! xoxo