Whew?! Finally - a break from the heat AND an afternoon to catch up with a good friend!
THIS is what Summer is all about!!! Everything in me screamed YES this morning!!!
No errands planned... no lists of things to do...laundry can wait... just a picnic planned in a park with a good friend and the kids... We planned it early and knew it would turn into an all day affair... (and yes... it's turned into dinner too - which is in the oven as I type!)
I got this great idea to personalize Water Bottles from Heidi Swapp's July Newsletter... check it out here: http://www.heidiswapp.com/julynewsletter/waterbottles/ Too cute!!! Great way to know who is the culprit drinking half a bottle and leaving it to get warm and be put back in the 'frig never to be touched again!?!?! Sigh... or is that just in my house?!
It seems that my good friend is in the midst of one of those CRAZY BUSY Seasons... We attempt to get together often - but lately it rarely works out... So to spend an entire afternoon enjoying the sun and cool summer breeze as the girls rode bikes, played tennis, goofed off and laid around was priceless! We got to talk about all those little details that we would normally discuss every other day - but it had been weeks!!!
Don't you just LOVE it when you decide to throw caution to the wind and 'waste' an entire day... and don't you find that what, in your over-scheduled, crazy busy life, sounded like it would be a waste of time or simply just too frivolous - ends up being exactly what you needed and even ends up helping you to feel rejuvenated and ready to get back to work the next day!? I was talking with my sister the other day - she is WAY over-booked and feels hopelessly behind schedule... she is a self supported artist and is really busy... she took a break and watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off with her teenage daughter... Even though she is still super busy and not at all caught up... we are going to meet for coffee tomorrow... because, as Ferris says, "Life moves pretty fast... If you don't stop & look up every once in a while, you just might miss it!"
So... as my dinner cooks, and the girls play yet another round of Boggle, I type this to you and look forward to an evening of more visiting, laughing, and unwinding together - which will now include 'the boys' as well! I encourage you to treat yourself to that ever-so-hard-to-come-by "Free Time" and 'waste' it away with a good friend!!! I can guarantee you it will do you good!!!