Well, that was an unexpected little hiatus. I think the end of summer kicked my ass. All the merriment is just so exhausting ;) Truthfully, It's taken me a bit to wrap my head around the transition and I have been a bit reluctant to shift into the higher gear that is required to get ready for the coming school year. This has been one of the best summers I can remember, not really because of what we did (though we seriously jam packed it in!), but more because of how it was - chock full of happiness. Seriously.
For the most part, this family of four hummed along the summerland trail without any need for a detour. That is highly irregular for us as we are the masters of Plan B, but all in all we made some plans, we executed said plans, and we all had a blast! After coming home from our road trip, I hit a bit of a personal roadblock and I needed the quiet time to gently come back to center.
So here I am. I think.
Right now I'm working on a special homework assignment, to read an advanced copy of Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home sent to me by the publisher. I know, lucky me. It's been the perfect tool to help me make the shift, and reading about Gretchen's ideas about what 'home' really means and how to make that a happier place, I find myself being drawn in by her stirring thoughts and her bold September to May foray into more hominess and happiness, and I sense that I am ripe for making some similar changes in my own life. The book hits shelves, officially, September 4th, which is also the first day of school around these parts, marking a brand new year in many ways. I love this month so much and the fresh start feeling it inspired, so I am hoping to post a full review of the book then in honor of all the happiness to come.
In the meantime, we still have a few days left of summer vacation and I plan to squeeze out every last drop I can through the long weekend.