Do you ever find yourself so busy that even the simplest tasks start to feel a mountain? Scott could sweetly ask me to water the plants, and there’s a good possibility I’d snap. Poor Scott. We’ve hit that hot summer peak when weekends are booked a good month in advance and the “honey-do” list has grown to the length of a good 2 pages long (and that’s on a slow day). Now, I’m not bashing our trusty list, but it does take a turn for the worse when you’re no longer enjoying your accomplishments, but instead find yourself turning into a honey-do-list-monster, destroying everything in your path to get it done. That’s me. I’m that monster.
I found myself telling the super patient hubs that I long for the day when I say, “I’m bored.” Truth is, the day I’m bored is the day you’ll find me – come hell or high water – finding something to fill that void. So, I’ve accepted the fact that I’m a busy body, and you know what? Despite my icky monster-like tendencies lately, it’s not such a bad thing. Between me and the hubs, we get stuff done. And that… well… that can never be a bad thing.
Yesterday, in the midst of checking off numbers 2, 4, and 5, I came across our 4th of July holiday photos. I realize I’m a good 3 weeks behind, but I still want to share them with you. While browsing through the snapshots of that long weekend, I’m reminded that it’s crucial to slow down from time to time. After all, the ol’ ticker needs a time out, too. The go-go-go in me has caught up, and as I nurse an aching body, calm the swirling lists in my head, and take a time out, I’m beginning to realize that the relaxing holiday weekend was (and not to be overly dramatic) a life lesson. Here are some of my favorite snippets:
With our best friends in tow, we hauled 2 cars up to an adorable cabin on Burt Lake, just a hop, skip and a jump from Petoskey in our country’s mitten, Michigan. Aimlessly floating on the water under sunny, blue skies consumed our afternoons, and we ended our lazy days with bonfires, cold drinks, and s’mores. Our last night was spent cuddled up amongst the dunes at Petoskey State Park while watching dueling firework shows across the bay.
Many thanks for listening to my rant, and boy do I feel better. It seems as though writing (er, typing) it out is actually quite therapeutic, but don’t worry; I won’t make it habit. Rather, we both want to wish you a happy, blissful weekend full of relaxation, fun, and bundles of down time. And if that honey-do list is selfishly begging for attention, we ask that you tuck it away – just this once. For one weekend. We’re in it together. xo.
I too am a self-proclaimed busybody. I just can’t help myself. I HAVE to be doing several things at once. If I just sit down, and try to do one thing, either my mind blanks out on me, or I fall asleep. LOL! The last 2 weeks, I have made myself just stop. I’ve let all the things that I’m normally chasing after, just run away. I’ve focused all that extra energy into my kids, my special guy, and just letting my mind breath a bit. It’s been refreshing, definitely.
But I can tell the brain is gearing back up again, and I’m ready!
You two are the cutest. That’s all.
Tina, maybe I should try your 2 week break! I’ve been a little nutty all week – in preparation for my down time weekend. I mean it when I say we’ll be putting everything to the side and focusing on a wonderful, relaxing “staycation.”
Lauren, you’re very sweet!
Love the photos, as always :) Especially the one of Scott lifting you up & of the ladies jumping!
PS The guy in the yellow shirt cracks me up with his jump!
Hi Kim! That’s Cully, also seen selling off a basement’s worth of bike parts here. Leave it to him for the comic relief!
Love your photos! Do you have a professional camera? The pics are stunning! Looks like you had a great holiday!
Thank you! Yes, I do photography on the side, so I have two DSLRs that I go back and forth between. The photos above were taken on an (older) Nikon D80, which I love more than my newer DSLR! Ah, well.
Beautiful pictures!!! You should frame some of them against your pretty blue/green walls in the bedroom.
i want to go to there.
… sigh … beautiful …
Gorgeous pics Kim! I hope you carve out a tidge of quiet, relax time this weekend… only a couple of seconds if that is all you can spare :) Thanks for sharing. xo
Thank you, Miss Shannon! I truly cannot wait to spend time with you and Renee next weekend! And thank you everyone else!
Kim – I loved this post, your honesty and the gorgeous photos. I too can get a bit anal when I have a long list of things to do and feel overwhelmed by it all. Yet you and Scott seem to make relationships (with each other and with others) your top priority which indicates you really have great balance in your lives. Bravo! Enjoy your weekend!
Great pictures!! It looks like you had a pretty memorable 4th!! Yay, I love the Summer!
I just discovered your site and was going through your old posts when I discovered this!
I grew up in Petoskey! I’ve been living in San Francisco for the last couple years and have missed out on those beautiful summers!
Thanks for the trip back!