The weather has a feeling of fall to it. The nights and mornings are cool, and it’s dark by 8pm. Traffic is back with a vengeance. As we transition into fall it’s hard not to reflect on the summer.
This summer felt long, much longer than previous summers. Maybe because we weren’t planning our wedding? This summer was packed with fun, and plenty of time with good friends. The summer was relaxing. The summer made my heart full.
Memorial Day weekend really set the tone for the summer. Then there was the fun day discovering bonsai trees and botanical gardens with my parents, a needed girl’s weekend with one my best friends, a day trip to Maine to spend a beach day with friends. We spent 4th of July at a summer BBQ and saw the Boston fireworks. We had an awesome weekend at my family’s summer camp with my parents, brother and his girlfriend. It was hot, sunny and so fun to float in tubes on the river, eat dinner at the picnic table, and devour strawberry rhubarb pie by the fire. There was golfing, and mountain biking, and a trip to Halibut Point State Park with Michael. A fun overnight at the Casino gave us a chance to just get away together. There was trips to Saratoga to see the horses race. Stand Up Paddling Board, snacks on the beach, and a fun dinner with friends. There was a few cloudy weekends at home to accomplish projects. We went to a good old-fashioned pool party. And spent more days than we can count at our favorite beach. We grilled almost every dinner and went for ice cream almost every week. We even went to Richardson’s more than once. There was weeks of vacation time, plenty of afternoon naps on hot summer days, and I read more books this summer than I could have hoped. This summer was awesome, and better than I could have hoped.
As I think back on summer, I think about how many memories I have. My mind is filled with beautiful snippets of summer days, and fun with friends. Each and every memory is like a beautiful photograph. My iPhone is not filled with photos documenting every moment. In fact, my phone spent more time in my bag, or in the glove box of the car as we headed out on an adventure. I don’t even mind one bit that my summer lacks photos, and good social media posts. To me, it was a summer of being present and enjoying the ones I love.
As we head into fall I feel refreshed and ready. I’m looking forward to all things apple and pumpkin. I’m dying to head to Wilson Farms, to go apple picking, to enjoy an apple cider donut, and soak in the cool days. I’m excited for a trip to see friends, time with family, and all that this fall will bring us. I think it’s a sign of a good summer when you’re okay it’s over.