Thursday, June 07, 2007

Did I grow up in Alaska?

Thanks so much for all of your help with my plants. It's nice to know that they aren't all just weeds. I wouldn't have had any idea where to begin planting new things and what not. I am going to do a bit of work on them, getting rid of the obvious weeds and we'll see what we get by summer's end. Thanks so much Michelle for letting me know the actual names cuz now I can check them out online!

I'm beginning to think that I must have grown up in Alaska because I have absolutely no idea how to enjoy summer. I know it isn't true, but I have completely lost my frame of summer reference for some reason.

I don't like to eat heavy foods in the summer, but all the foods I know how to cook are comfort foods for winter. I know so little about fresh vegetables and fruits. I know that we BBQ'd all the time growing up but I have no idea how to operate a BBQ or how to plan a menu around BBQ foods. I used to enjoy all things summer sports wise: football, ultimate, waterskiing, etc. I have completely lost all my sports skills and would much rather wear sweats to the beach than a bathing suit!

I know my girls love being outside, our Ontario Place pictures are evidence of that, but I really do forget how to enjoy summer!

I do still remember how much I love the summer rains. The ones that come up quickly in the middle of the day and leave just as quickly. As well as the thunderstorms that finally break the day's heat and humidity at 10:00pm and then we can go to sleep. Those are my favorite parts of summer, or at least they were. And they will be again when my kids are grown up enough to sit still to watch an entire movie, or color with more than one crayon on read the words in a book.

When you have kids you have to enjoy summer outside, but I'm not sure chasing a tricycle is fun. It is the first five minutes, but five hours later it's a bit tedious!

Here's hoping I learn to love that Cali lifestyle! What's your favorite summer activity?


Amanda said...

Floating down the Penticton river channel in an innertube, a diet coke in one hand and a few sprigs of licorice in the other. So sunny and peaceful!

Elizabeth said...

ooohhh fave summer activity - camping! bonfires! floating on the river! running through the sprinkler... so many to mention...

Mom said...

Well, let me see if I can remind you of some lighter summer foods you may have liked.

There is the Five Cup Salad - the one with marshmallows and pineapple and mandarine oranges.

There is the Broccoli Salad with the raisins in it.

Of course there is always ice cream and lemonade, hot dogs and hamburgers, BBQ'd of course, and roasted marshmallows, over the fire!

BBQ'ing isn't all that hard to catch on to, just lift the food higher or turn down the flame if it is cooking too quickly on the outside. I know you can do it. Have fun experimenting but start with cheap wieners!

Angella said...

Beachin' it. Every. Single. Day!