Last night we cozied up under a blanket on a couch out on the porch, and watched meteors shoot across the night sky. It wound up being a bunch of giggles as the excitement and novelty seemed to trump the occasional sighting of a shooting star - gales of laughter, so much fun. This morning, my son took the photo above of the eagle soaring in front of the house (and the one of the deer too). We saw the deer pictured above a couple hours later on our way to the beach and my son excitedly grabbed the camera to capture the moment. At the beach, my kids caught a water snake, and quickly named it 'Sammy'. It took some convincing to get them to release it - they wanted to bring it home. I love all the close connections to nature that we're experiencing during our time here. I love how simple it's been too. Yup, these are the moments that memories are made of...and I cherish them and revel in their utter simplicity. It's such a good reminder for me that summer, and plans in general, needn't be elaborate to be fun and fulfilling.
As we transition back to our home in the burbs tomorrow, and the whole 'back to school' build-up, I am going to draw on these memories and especially the simplicity and remembering to place my emphasis and efforts on where it matters most and try to let go of the rest.
"I live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, and drink the wild air."