the challenge: our routines can seem out-of-whack in the summer and it's more important than ever that we funnel our energy into the hearts of our families. not so easy to do when there are more snacks to prepare, more laundry to do, more trips to the store/movies/museums/gas station...we must strike a balance between pool time, library time, travel time and quiet time! to help channel our personal chi, let's take time this month to focus on the five elements of summer: sun, water, shade, grass and ice cream!

week one: sun.
week two: water.
week three: shade.
week four: grass.
week five: ice cream.

so, for this week...sun. let's be honest, i don't look like i spend much time in the sun, and that is true. i hate to be hot. i hate being sweaty. i like to be outside, but sweat is a deterrent for me. so, lots of sun time during the summer doesn't appeal to me. that is, unless i am pool side at a mountain resort. it's nice and breezy and scenic, and still sunny.

this is me, last year, headed to the mountain resort.

and this was the view, poolside.
can you really go wrong with this scene?

unfortunately, this year, we aren't headed to the mountain resort. wanna know where we are going? i'll tell you...arizona. i know. i better get used to being sweaty and being hot real fast. i mean, seriously, it's gonna be a train wreck. it'll be fun to spend time with the family, but we are going to spending most of that time in our air-conditioned rooms, i'm afraid. i'm a fan of sun, but not arizona sun. (sorry to my arizona family, friends and readers...but i think y'all are crazy!)


  1. love when i clicked on your blog and heard JTs *carlina in my mind.* after 8 years, i think i might finally consider myself a carolina girl :)

    i would be in the air-conditioning right along side of you!!

  2. I can relate to that, I love the sun with a nice easy breeze to keep me cool