taking a moment to find joy in the little things
We had two wonderful day trips this week...the first was to the Johnston Ridge Observatory of the Mt. St. Helen's Volcanic Monument. In the seven years we've lived here, we'd never gone here and it was simply beautiful and amazing. The wildflowers were gorgeous along the Eruption Trail.
And our next day trip was actually just a short little morning hike to my favorite waterfall - Wachlella Falls.
Summertime is for friends! I finally was able to meet Adrienne who blogs at My Memory Art. She was in Oregon and we managed to meet up at the airport for coffee before she flew back east. I love meeting people I "know" on social media in person, and this was so special because we've been trying to meet up for a couple years now. What a joy!
And I got to see my friend, Marlennis, who lived here in OR for a couple years but then returned to her home country (the Dominican Republic) two years ago. What a blessing to catch up with her again.
And we finally started having our local friends over for tea parties in our backyard / garden.
This chipmunk was more intent on eating the morsel of food it found than it was about me sticking my camera in its face!
Marlennis took a picture of me taking a picture of her through this hole.
And here's a peek at the waterfall through the same hole in the tree.
I'm taking big breaths and trying to fully enjoy summer. It's been crazy busy and I don't really know why. I start panicking a bit when I walk into stores and see all the back to school displays...I'm not even slightly ready to start thinking about school starting up again, but I know I have quite a bit of planning to do. So I'll do my best to find a balance between enjoying summer and planning for school during the month of August.
I had the girls create some "bucket lists" for summer - must do / nice to do / rainy day activities and fun food. We'll choose a few to do, but I also want some lazy days at home.