Tuesday, June 7, 2011

52 Weeks of Happiness :: Week 14


The lazy days of summer.

I remember so vividly
the feeling of summer
from my childhood.

With no place to be
and nothing special planned,
the days seemed so open and free.

I love watching my children
soak in that awesome feeling

as Griffin says
"Ah...this is the life."

at least once a day.


The backyard is the perfect place

to pull out the hose and have some
fun in the cold cold water
in the heat of the day.


Particularly, Nana and Poppy's
backyard transforms so easily
into a water park and I think
that we will be found there often,
floating the day away


How could so much fun be waiting
in the shade of
tall Pine trees
that stand proudly
in their yard?

Ah...the freedom
of Summer!


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Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I love the carefree-ness of summer. We still have a couple weeks of school left.

AJ said...

You don't have to travel far to have great fun!

Beautiful post...

Buckeroomama said...

Summer is definitely here, weather-wise, but we're still waiting for school to finish before "real" summer starts for us. :)

Love the happy pics! :)

Linda D. said...

Ahh ... kids in wading pools and time to wile away the days? Priceless! Thanx for the lovely post!

Kristy said...

That hilarious, "Ah this is the life."
have a great week!

Courtney said...

That IS the life. Seems very rare these days that I have days with nothing on the agenda. But when they do happen, it's wonderful!

Pieni Lintu said...

Lovely! ♥

Sarah said...

Looks like so much fun! Great photos.

Ashley Sisk said...

These photos really do remind me of my childhood. Summer didn't seem nearly as hot and much more fun then!

Jessica said...

WOO HOO Summer!!!! As long as I have my air conditioner I'm happy! LOL

Tiffany said...

Love the water fun....we have a Nannie and Poppy:)


From Tracie said...

Sprinklers are SO much fun! I love it!

Susan said...

What fun! I love the inflateable pool, it's too cute!

Branson said...

So much fun in one post! I love summer!

Sue said...

So true. I'm glad that your kids are able to enjoy it. Some of the kids around here are so scheduled up that they don't get an opportunity to just hang out in the back yard and be free to do whatever comes naturally.


Karen Mortensen said...

I love the pictures. Wish we could do that here. It has been cold and rainy.
I couldn't get the picture to work on my blog. But I did link up.

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

The freedom is exactly right!! We are similar in that regard that we give our children freedom to just be. Griffin is such a cool little guy--and yes--childhood IS really the life. But so is motherhood, really when we let ourselves play too.
LOVE all of these, Leigh and your take on parenthood. As always, excellent, excellent. :)

singedwingangel said...

So apparently I will be coming to your parents house to cool my kids off. I love that sunshade thing he is under where did you get that?? I need to look into just a basic small pool yep

Daffy said...

I always love your perspective! Seeing life through the eye of your camera just fascinates me!

Kelly Lund and Kids said...

Awwwwwh that looks so fun and refreshing... Love that huge umbrella :) Happy Tuesday!

leavesnbloom said...

Cherish those moments as those days of innocent fun don't last. I can remember my boys having wonderful fun with their pool all those years ago.

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Queen Scarlett said...

I'm dying seeing everyone's pictures of fun in the sun and water! This is the weirdest June weather ever... I want me some sun!

Love your pictures... they are making me envious of summer. ;-)

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Kristy said...

Great pics! I love it when I hear my boy say, "Ah, it's good to be home," after we've been out and about.

Linda D. said...

they have those great big umbrella shade tents at Academy (Sports).

They cost about $69.00, are portable, have 55 UVA sun protection, can be handled by one person, and the KIDS love it!

PS. They work well at the beach, too. I'd get an anchor/cover (sold separately) to cover the little spiky thing that sticks into the ground.

Mama Zen said...

Perfect summer shots!

Christa said...

Love the idea of looking for /documenting happiness!

Lisa said...

Just found your blog and am really enjoying it!

Donna said...

I am going to be happy!! It is my goal...to enjoy this summer...really enjoy it!!

LisaDay said...

Agreed. There are a lifetime of memories in summer.


from mel said...

i LOVED the days as a kid playing in the pool. So wonderful.