So the beginning of August always triggers the feelings of half-way - half-way through summer holidays, half-way through the time I have to do my always long summer to do list. The countdown to September always begins even if I try to push those thoughts aside. Summer changes as your children get older - they have their own commitments and schedules - both social and work-related. Time together as a family of four is so appreciated, whether it be a dinner together or time chatting, getting caught up as we all mingle in the kitchen together.
There was a lot of watching of the Olympics in August. Such inspirational stories. We also visited local festivals - Maritime Festival, Garlic Festival etc and had our own little Smores Day festival in the backyard.
Colin worked as a sushi chef at both Ichiro and Takeya. He also volunteered on the medical team for the Ride to Conquer Cancer and spent the last weekend in August supporting cyclists on the route and at the campsite in Washington overnight.
Neil and I walked a lot - incubating eggs and catching Pokemon ;) I also started yoga - in part to build up more flexibility and strength in my healing shoulder and also just to push myself to do something new. Lots of walks along the water and summer sunsets were enjoyed.
And I gave it one last go (I keep saying that...) to try and get my dissertation to the standard it needs to be to move on to external examination. Lots of very long summer days spent in front of the computer, again.
Almost daily during August, I viewed my Timehop app wistfully...dreaming of the Oregon Coast. This is the first year since the boys were toddlers that we haven't made our annual summer trip to the coast.
I have always cherished our long summer road trips together as a family whether to Oregon, across the northwest or different parts of BC and Alberta. As the boys get older and things change, I think I cherish the memories of those trips even more. Lots of recollections about the audio books we listened to during long driving days, the amazing scenic stops, the adventures we had, the camping, the yurting and the variety of places we have visited. I am thankful we invested in that time together as a family - those trips will always remind me of tremendous feelings of connectedness and thankfulness.
I will always have a special fondness for summers - a time full of family, stories and memories.