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7 Quick Takes: Signs You Don’t Want Summer to End

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If you are anything like me you aren’t ready for summer to end. Yes, you know it has to at some point, but not right now.

My newsfeed has been filling up with kids going back to school already. Cute kids in new clothes, holding new lunchboxes and backpacks, stand dutifully with a smile for first day of school pictures. The pictures melt my heart and make my toes curl all at the same time!

“It’s only the beginning of August! There’s still some summer left!” I want to yell at the school officials who have decided that kids must return. Why do they have to go back so early?

Thankfully we homeschool so we don’t have to worry about summer being over yet. Maybe you are like me and aren’t ready for summer to end either. Here are some sure fire ways to know if you are suffering from the “Summer-Can’t-Be-Over-Yet” Blues…


You have no desire to make your kids wear clothes all day. Swimming suits are easy and cut down on laundry, amiright? Sure, cute new outfits are great, but they come with a price- extra laundry. Who wants that kind of responsibility? Not this lady! Not only that, swimsuits don’t get dirty like regular clothes; I mean, all they have to do is jump in a pool or run through a sprinkler and laundry is done!

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You have no desire to set the alarm even earlier than normal to meet a bus or drop kids off. 30 more minutes of sleep? Yes, thank you very much!


You have no desire to worry about bedtime routines. When summer ends and school starts, sleep is even more important (even when you homeschool). Right now I like not having to worry so much about what time they get to bed. Sure, we still have a routine (I like my peace and quiet at night!) but if they go to bed late I don’t stress about it as much as I do during the school year. It’s so much nicer on all of us.


You have no desire to worry excessively over dinner time. Its’ 9 o’clock and you’re just coming in from playing so we’re just sitting down to eat? No problem! Oh, everyone’s having a bad day? Ice cream for dinner for everyone! That kind of attitude just doesn’t seem to fly during the school year- schedules really need to be followed and brains need more sustenance than that. Of course, you don’t want that happening all the time in the summer, but occasionally it’s fun to eat sundaes for supper while watching the fireflies flit around in the backyard.


Speaking of schedules- you have no desire to have to stick so strictly to a schedule. Want to go to the zoo on a Tuesday morning? Let’s go! Play date at the park on Thursday? I’m in! Stayed up late eating too much ice cream for dinner? Ah, sleeping in is the best!


You realize you just can’t get the beach out of your mind. You can feel the sand between your toes and hear the waves crashing on the shore- oh wait, that’s just the kids dragging in dirt from the yard and pots and pans crashing in the kitchen. But the fact remains, you want to feel the sand and hear the waves. You dream of sitting beneath your umbrella, your perfect little darlings building sandcastles beside you, and a gentle breeze caressing your hair. Ah, paradise! Summer just isn’t complete without a day at the beach!

Mike and me in the crystal clear waters of Wakulla Springs last summer!
Mike and me in the crystal clear waters of Wakulla Springs last summer!


You still want to catch fireflies, build forts, make mud pies, watch the kids run through the sprinkler, have silly string wars, ride bikes, get an ice cream cone from the ice cream man, and do so many other summertime activities with your kids. Once the days begin to change and the school bus comes regularly each day, it gets harder and harder to do those things.

We may not be able to stop summer from coming to an end, but we don’t have to let go quietly. We can enjoy the last little bits that are left to enjoy. Today we might just have to play all day, and then stay up late, eat ice cream till we pop, and watch the fireflies twinkle in our backyard. We’ll cling to summer for just a bit longer.

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Seven Quick Takes: Images of the Holy Family

In honor of the feast day of the Holy family which until 1969, was celebrated the first Sunday after Epiphany, and is now celebrated the first Sunday after Christmas, I bring to you – seven beautiful images of the Holy family. Some well known and others, not so well known. Enjoy and may the Holy family reside with you and  yours this New Year of 2015.

Quick Take one:


By Bartolome Esteban Murillo The Holy Family

Quick Take two:

Christ with John the Baptist

The Holy Family with the Infant St. John the Baptist, 1660-70 · Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Quick Take three:

Simeon and Anna Recognize the Lord

Simeon and Anna Recognize the Lord in Jesus by  Rembrandt

Quick Take Four: 

The Family

The family by John D. Batten

Quick Take Five:

The Family from Nazareth

Quick Take Six: 

The Holy Family

Holy Family by Juan Simon Gutierrez

Quick Take Seven:

The Flight into Egypt  The Flight into Egypt – Bartolome Esteban Murillo

I hope you felt inspired by all these lovely images of the Holy family. There are so many online that it was breath taking to search through all of the available images. Try it some day – you will get lost in a sea of love and beauty.

From my heart to yours – I wish you the very happiest and blessed New Year, and God Bless! (Don’t forget to mosey on over to the new Seven Quick Takes  and see what is happening over there!)

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Seven Quick Takes Friday: Dealing with Dreary November

November, November, November… Such a dreary month in pretty much all the land. Summer is absolutely over; there will be no occasional warm sunny days that cause one to cast their minds back to memories of iced tea in the backyard while children splashed in the sprinkler. The colourful leaves have fallen and been crushed beneath millions of footsteps and are simply brown dust clinging to our shoes and tracking mess through the house. Those far enough north are anticipating that first snowfall that will dress the land in a snowy white fairy gown and grow beautiful lace on the bare branches that wave in the cold winds. We in the south are laying odds as to whether there will even be snow this winter or not, and children are praying fervently for the white Christmas that occurs once every decade or so.

So… what to do about this cheerless month? Myself – I am wrapping myself in dreams and planning for the many incredible feast days that are coming over the next few weeks that will cheer our lonely, cold souls. Advent is almost upon us and Christmas feels even closer.

To help you through this dull and bleak month, I’m creating a quick takes collage of beautiful images that will set you to dreaming too, and take your mind away from the brown grass and gray skies that adorn your front window.


Quick Take One: find beauty amongst the browns of autumn…

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Quick Take Two: do something crazy like ….

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  drink a cup of tea in the trees with your brother


take a nap!

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Quick Take Three: start planning for Advent…

advent collage



Quick Take Four: enjoy yummy hot soups and stews, even fresh bread from the oven. Better yet eat them beside the fire!

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Quick Take Five: Plan for these feast days…

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and festive baking!

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Quick Take Six: Enjoy the snow when (or if) it comes…

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Quick Take Seven: have tea parties and enjoy some flowers….

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I would like to draw to a close of Quick Take Friday, not with an image of any kind, but rather a recipe. This will require a trip to the store, unless you have all these essential elements on hand, and then you can have a fun day baking these wonderful cookies for your family or friends. See you next month and who knows what goodies I’ll have to share with you then!

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7 Quick Takes Friday: 7 Signs Spring is Finally Here!


You wake up to birds chirping and woodpeckers pecking… or better yet, your 4 year old wakes you and asks, “What in the world is that sound?” as she climbs in the bed with you at 6 am.



Your children’s noses have suddenly become spigots that gush boogers on full blast as allergies set in. Nothing you do can turn off the spouts that seem to be stuck in the “on” position.


Your children bring you big bouquets of “flowers” aka dandelions that you immediately put on display on your mantle for everyone to enjoy.


You see buds on all the trees in gorgeous pinks, reds, whites, and purples. They pop against the backdrop of the blandness that had set it throughout the winter.


You start getting antsy about wanting to plant your garden. You know that this year is going to be your year! St. Phocas the Gardener, pray for us!



Your children go outside to play only to come back inside shortly after complaining that the 65-70* weather is just “sooooooooo hot out there!”  You send them back out to run, jump, play, breathe in the fresh air, and give you a much needed break as well.


Mother Nature decides to drop another 6-12 inches of snow on you just to make you keep guessing when spring will really begin.

(I apologize on behalf of all of us enjoying 80* weather if this is your forecast for today!)

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