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summer plans


Summer is finally here, and this three day weekend was not enough of a taste. It’s time to wrap up things and head to bed, and I just want another day at home.

I thought I’d try and distract myself from the impending work week by thinking of some of the fun things we have planned for the summer here in the Lou. We’re creatures of habit, for the most part, but our habits are pretty fun.

The Tower Grove Farmers Market is in full swing, and we try to make it there most Saturday mornings. The photo above is from our visit last Saturday – F found beets the size of Ellen Tebbits’ beet in the book we are currently reading. (We made beet sliders with them, and we’re STILL eating them.) The girls’ have new Keens, so we’re ready for the fountains and the Whisk popsicles and the live music and the great people watching.

We still try to visit the garden (officially MoBot, but we only call it “the garden”) every Wednesday and Saturday morning during their early morning walking hours from 7-9. We beat the heat and the crowds and the light is just so much better. And in the summer, E can join us on Wednesdays! Most Saturdays, it’s just me.

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis is on deck this week – I love to run by the set as they build it in the park. It starts on June 1st and runs through the 26th, except Tuesdays. This year they are doing A Midsummer Night’s Dreamand we usually meet up with the same friends each year for a picnic and the play. It’s such a terrific community event.

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Speaking of theater – this year we purchased season tickets for the MUNY performances. Those start in a few weeks, and our tickets are on Tuesday nights. I think it will be fun to meet up in the park, maybe have a picnic dinner, and stay up late watching the shows. Sometimes it’s hard to make summer feel like summer when we’re still working our normal schedules. I hope this adds some excitement to our summer weeks.

It wouldn’t be summer without Circus Flora! We go every year on Father’s Day weekend – but this year we’re also joining some of F’s Girl Scout Troop for a backstage visit and tour. The theme of the show is baseball this year – perfect for this Cardinals town. I love this circus. I can’t imagine summer without it.

On the subject of baseball, we’ve already made it to our first game of the season. We don’t typically attend too many games, but we tend to purchase tickets when various groups we’re involved with offer them. I do love to go to the park a few times each season, but I also love the sound of the game on the radio and the sound of the homerun fireworks we can hear from inside our house!

We purchased tickets from Left Bank Books for the release party for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II. It’s a pretty late event, but I think that will be a blast – something the girls will really get into. It’s right between their two birthdays, so we’re keeping it a surprise for now. If you think you might go, let me know. We might plan a meet up an hour earlier at Jeni’s next door! Talking about birthdays reminds me that we’ll also have two summer birthdays to plan. No definitive decisions on those. Some talk of laser tag and animal themes. (Not related.)

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What else? We don’t belong to any outdoor pool, but M takes the girls swimming at various spots around town when we find the time. Last summer, he and E tried to go for a bike ride once a week on some of the park trails around here. I continue to sweat it out, running at the hottest point of the day – character building. The girls go to various summer camps around town, and E spends several weeks of the summer as a counselor at one of them.

Although we love amusement parks, we’ve never taken the girls to Six Flags here. Maybe one day. We’re kind of spoiled now to Cedar Point, and the girls are already plotting our next visit there. We’ve got a beach vacation coming up soon, but not soon enough! I’m ready for sand in my toes and the smell of salty air.

We’ve also got to really buckle down on our house projects, and we’re hoping the end of the school activities will help this some. We have three weekends at home – in a row! – it’s something we haven’t had in ages. We need some concentrated blocks of time to work, and maybe we’ll finally get some of those.

Last (I think), but not least – our Thursday night gatherings in the front yard. We haven’t officially kicked off the season yet, but everyone’s been asking. It’s always nice to open up the gate and welcome neighbors and friends over once a week to listen to the blues across the street, chat and catch up. It just feels like summer

brief pauses in the garden

This blog is starting to look like I live in the garden full time. Full is a good word to describe life right now, full to the brim of so many wonderful things that are keeping us so busy. I can’t really complain about being busy, because we’ve been enjoying ourselves immensely. Still, come Sunday evening, we’re ready for a pause – even a short one – just enough to catch our breath before another week begins.

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That is May for you, with weekends perfect for visiting and camping and going on long runs through the park. Field trips and school activities, preparations and programs, cleanups and yard work and laundry when we get to it.

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I can feel that pull of summer – it’s counted down in days now, nine more school days until it starts. I’ve been out of the academic world for several years now, but I really miss the cyclical nature of it when May rolls around. We’re all ready for summer, and the different sort of pace it brings. Baseball, bike rides, swimming, beach vacations and birthday celebrations, heat… bring it on. We’re ready.

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My family came in for the weekend, and after I have them send me a few photos, I’ll post more about our time outside the garden. I love some of these I captured Saturday afternoon – these kids are growing and changing so quickly, and are so much fun to be around.

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We spent Saturday afternoon in the garden with them, showing them what was new this week.

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With six adults and five children, we were able to split up a bit and wander around. The sun was out, which cut the chill in the air. The wedding party setting up for the evening got lucky. It was a gorgeous day.

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It’s onto Monday again – and we might be a little tired, but we’re refreshed as well. Summer is almost, almost here.

wednesday morning in the garden

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We had one goal on Wednesday morning, and that was to see the peonies. We got up a little bit earlier, and walked out the door right at seven. The peonies are in the far end of the garden, and it’s easy to get distracted on the way and run out of time before eight.

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But we were successful, only stopping to marvel at that small garden beside the climatron. So many new things are blooming there, plus she loves the rocky paths that feel like an adventure.

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It was a really misty morning, quiet and soft as we walked. She found new hidden paths while I stayed on the main sidewalk. She’s easy to spot in her yellow raincoat; for as independent as she is, she never likes to stray too far from my elbow.

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Our favorite thing to do these days is to find the flowers that are frozen in mid bloom. We inspect them and marvel at how beautiful and weird this world is.

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The peonies are stunning, but so is everything else this morning. Lush and verdant, and fragrant in pockets when you least expect it.

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I have another full day that will stretch to ten o’clock, and I can feel it this morning. It weighs heavily on me, but the camera distracts, and the walk as well. We’ll get through it, we always do. We’ll be back this weekend, with the crowds, and it will be a different garden for awhile. Then Wednesday will roll around and it will be ours again.

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