Friday, August 19, 2011

So Long, Summer

After weeks of griping about it, it appears that all my murmurings and mutterings have caught up with me... summer is officially over. Well, for our family, anyway. It seems like it’s only been a week since I wrote about the beginning. Has it really been almost 3 months?

You’ll be happy to know that all the myriad crayons, pencils, glue sticks, scissors, and folders have been properly labeled... the Mario backpack was found, and both backpacks are packed and sitting on the floor by the front door, ready to be grabbed in the midst of the early morning rush. Orientation is over, teachers have been met (incidentally- Ashton’s 2nd grade teacher taught Jeremy in 5th grade. One wonders why she’s still teaching after that...), and classrooms located.

As for me, I’ve said my goodbyes to summer, with only a little regret. I’d like to give a little nod to all the things that have helped make this summer happy for me:

These albums, which have been my summer soundtrack:

  Songs worth repeating:
North Country Blues
Boots of Spanish Leather
Songs worth repeating:
Marching Bands of Manhattan
Brothers on a Hotel Bed
Songs worth repeating:
Don't Worry Baby
God Only Knows
Songs worth repeating:
Deep Cries Out
Songs worth repeating:
Still Saving Me
Immortal Invisible
Songs worth repeating:
My Father's Father
20 Years
Songs worth repeating:
Perfect Opening Line
Star, Star
Songs worth repeating:
Walking Far From Home
Godless Brother in Love
Songs worth repeating:
Sun and Moon
Heaven Fall Down
Songs worth repeating:
Songs worth repeating:
A Stick, A Carrot, and String
The King Beetle on a Coconut Estate

My constant staple- solid colored layering camis... they got me through the sweltering heat:

I’ve read too many books to count this summer, but here are a few that stuck with me, requiring extensive discussion, and in some cases, rereading:

Summer wouldn't be
summer without my
friend Elizabeth.

There are 3 in this
series currently out.
Nothing better than
hot faeries, right?
This book reminded me
a little of The Shack. I
definitely recommend

My mom lent me these
from her Kindle. I read
the whole 6 book series
in 3 days. And then re-
read them. No joke.
Another childhood staple.
This book (series- there are
5 so far) required exten-
sive midnight discussions
with my brother Ben.
I really think Stephanie
and I could be BFF's.

These movies:

Let's just say I have
a healthy interest in
The Avengers now.
I liked the first one better.
Well, you all know how
I feel about this one. I
wrote a whole blog
about it.
I don't think I even need
to say anything concern-
ing Captain Jack.
I read this book last summer,
and couldn't put it down.
The movie was
incredible. I shouldn't
have even bothered
wearing makeup.

And finally, some of my favorite photos from this summer (if you've already seen some of these, bear with me. There's a reason they're my favorites) :

So thanks, Summer, for making me smile. See you next year.

Now bring on Christmas!!!

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