Hi friends! Life has a way of surprising you. Summer flew by….summer dragged on. Did it really even feel like summer? In many ways, not for me. This was the first summer in a long time my family and I didn’t leave the state and take a vacation. We missed our annual 4th of July family reunion, and though we had a great time with friends here at home….it just felt strange. A little off from the normal. And that’s okay! We hit the beach every week with friends (we have a huge homeschooling community in our area), enjoyed the free summer kid movies and had a blast when family came and visited us. We took friends out kayaking with us, and spent time in the library. As you might know, kayaking is a huge stress reliever for me and feels like a mini-vacation every time I go out.
We are blessed to live in an area that tends to be a vacation spot. We live 5 minutes away from sandy beaches and the turquoise blue ocean…it really can’t get any better than that. But a change of scenery, a respite from normal is still highly desired by most and we are hoping to have a more adventuresome fall season, and perhaps some travel. How is it that fall is around the corner? Labor day snuck up on me…I had no idea it was this weekend. Really?
We are now 2 weeks into the school year. We homeschool, and things are running smoothly. I have a feeling this may be our best year yet. Our girls are in 10th grade, 6th grade and 1st grade. Funny to have one in each category….elementary, middle school and high school. Our oldest is still running cross country with our local high school since she enjoyed it so much last year. It’s a great group of girls, and they have an awesome coach.
So my poor neglected blog! I’m truly hoping to get back into the swing of things around here. I’ve been busy in my kitchen, and have all kinds of goodies to share. I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free baking, and adapting recipes to fit the Daniel Plan. I still feel best when eating gluten-free, and staying away from most dairy except for occasional cheese. I can eat gluten, but just feel better when I don’t. Anyone else out there new to gluten-free living? It’s been fun experimenting! I’ll be back soon to share a new gluten-free treat….chocolate chip cookie dough balls.
So let’s hear from you….how was your summer? Did you travel anywhere or have any fun adventures to share? I’ve missed you guys, and I’m happy to be back…..fill me in!! 😉
This was my little one’s first time kayaking! We had such an adventure, and we even brought one of her friends along (My friend & I were both out with our littles in tandem kayaks). We could have stayed out all day!