To be fair - it was A LOT.
But the first two weeks of July...
So June - you crazy old bat - sorry I judged you. Please allow July 1-15th to join you on the podium of .... whirlwind wackiness.
At this very moment I am home with Spanner. A rare moment of quiet save for the hum of the dryer. It's overcast - a rare thing too lately. I am slowly sipping on my tall, long Americano, much needed after I was at my desk at 6:30am this morning following the early rise of my fisherman. (fishing pun!)
The house is a bit of a mess.
A week ago today it was spotless and tidy.
Because I was in full party prep mode.
For the above mentioned Fisherman's big backyard BBQ bash for his 50th birthday.
I do love planning a big bash and this one was long in the planning.
And a magical night it turned out to be.
My tribe of helpers were incredible. David bussed home (5 hours each way) to surprise his Dad. Lindsay introduced us all to her boyfriend Joel who stayed with us over the BIG crazy weekend. Smart guy to meet all the friends and relatives in one fell swoop - wondering if we will ever see him again though :)
Our friends Fil and Emily did a masterful job of a) distracting Allan with a fishing trip and b) feeding me lunch and helping decorate.
And so the evening started and so many dear friends came in.
Soon the kitchen was full and folks spilled into the backyard on a perfect summer evening.
I have long wanted to host a long table dinner and this was my chance. I love how it turned out and the happy chatter, the munching on catered bbq, the clink of glasses and soon the glow of candles as the evening crept in.
As we fell into bed around 1am Allan and I agreed, again, that we are so blessed to have such a great community around us and to have them gathered was such a joy.
It was a full weekend in terms of activity but also filled our hearts right up. Most especially for me having my little family home even for 1 night!
Much of this summer was planned up to this point - July 15th - and now that it has come and gone it marks the end of a very, very busy phase in every sphere of my life, family, parenting, school graduations, work, gardening, university planning and the general busyness (often fun busyness) that the summer months often bring.
And a hectic self-imposed gym schedule of 3-4 times a week. Loving it but frustrated with how long it is taking me to get back in shape ... but working through the disappointment and trusting results will come.
It has mostly been really wonderful but I find myself a tad weary. I have some vacation days booked and Allan and I intend to do some of the things we have been meaning to do for ages, hikes, beach days, finding new coffee places, booking a restaurant we have long wanted to try, and catching up with each other and ourselves before the pace ramps up again in late August and our big kids have us running in opposite directions.
I am ready.