End of Summer Part One

From Disney World to travels to Toronto and finally finishing a big basement project, we had a lot going on this summer. I promise not to make it all about the kids, but we’re due to post some highlights of the weeks between June and September.
One of my personal favorites has been the time to catch up with old friends and allow our kids to play together…this pic from the Martin house in late July is a good place to start…

She said…….”Beyond the billable hour….”

Funny how life unfolds. Here i sit — officially unemployed for 5 weeks — on a hot sunny morning, post 7 and a half years of agency life. Yet as i’m exiting that side of the PR world with Waggener Edstrom , Rob’s just begun it. Change is good and stretching and necessary.
Yet, for me, old habits die hard. Although the last 2 and a half weeks have been so great, in part because i didn’t have to think about where it bill all that time i’m spending, I still find myself continuously blocking days – mornings — afternoons — evenings — into chunks of time. My thoughts follow this sort of pattern: “bill this to home improvement/general contractor, schedule early afternoon to be laundry maid, block this amount of time today for swimming and bike riding….”
Tonya, relax already. I won’t suddenly lose any prized Mennonite work ethic genes by taking time off, by just “being” with Graham and Mia, by sleeping in, even by failure to check off a single item on “the list.” This summer is a gift and a reminder to me about the importance of so many things, from extended time with grandparents, to the importance of lasting friendships, from the necessity to live healthily, and to treasure and capture each moment of toddler discovery.
No end of sabbatical recap would be able to accurately measure this golden time, the lazy summer days, the sounds of the woods in the late afternoon, the splashing and squeezing that takes place at the fountain pool, or the chasing of fireflies late into the night.
Autumn will come, and with it a different job, earlier dusk, more layers and talk of holidays. But for now, i don’t want the summer to end…..

Congratulations to Kasey and Mary

After about 20 years I finally made it back to Texas– and for good reason! Congrats to newlyweds Kasey (my cousin) and Mary. It was great seeing everyone again! We had an amazing time in Lubbock– lots of Tex-Mex, margueritas, and shopping. The wedding was beautiful and the reception, with its Texas Barbecue and karaoke was a ton of fun!

Yes, we took the kids to Vegas

Tonya had a conference in Vegas a couple of weeks ago, and she brought me and the kids along. Fun– especially once we resigned ourselves to the fact that this was “family fun time” vs. adult fun time. So we didn’t make it to any shows or dine in some of the finer restaurants, but Vegas has plenty of fun family things to do. And now, the pics: