From the patio furniture and Coppertone sunscreen displays at Costco to the barbecue planning guides on Epicurious, the big box marketing gurus would have me believe that Memorial Day kicks off the warm-weather party season. Somehow, the party season kicked off a whole lot earlier for me this year, starting with Easter. And that’s right around the same time I stopped posting on my blog. This month and a half has been rich with celebration and provided me a much-needed break from blogging.
For the first few weeks it was a relief not to think about my blog. Don’t get me wrong: I love my blog, but creating posts takes a lot of work and sometimes it feels more like more work than fun. After a few weeks of allowing myself to abandon my blog, my mind turned back to things I’d like to share on my blog: picnic ideas, grill favorites and ice cream treats. So, hello again, blog world! Looking forward to celebrating summer with you.
P.S. I recently read the book 1000 Gifts and thought it would be appropriate to share some of the things I’ve been thankful for during my break from blogging.
- birth of a niece! Though Sam and I have 8 nieces and nephews between the two of us, this was the first time I was able to see one of them within a week of birth—very special!
- Easter and all the Holy Week services at church
- Mother’s Day BBQ with my mom and family
- my birthday, complete with a family BBQ at Crissy Fields
- Another niece’s 2nd birthday (kid birthdays are the most fun!)
- 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge (yes, we did head out with all the crowds to celebrate one of my favorite San Francisco landmarks)
- taking a trip to Santa Monica and hanging out with this gal
- having another college friend visit on the days of our Torrey and college graduation anniversaries
- riding my bike more
- learning to use the manual mode on my camera
- rediscovering homemade crème fraîche
- finishing my first semester of conversational French
- eating treats from Tartine bakery (croissants, morning buns, coconut cream tarts)
- eating lunch outside in the sunshine
- taking advantage of SF’s free museum day (though it’s a little noisy with all the kidlets on school trips!)
- watching all four seasons of the BBC Masterpiece Classics show “Lark Rise to Candleford”
And I think I’m forgetting a few things. At any rate, my life is full and I’m so glad to have Sam, my family and friends to share it with.