5 Things : Sun Tans, Puppies, Weekend Trips, First Fruits, New Things

1. Sun Tans – A few months back my doctor told me my vitamin D levels were low and that I should take supplements. I thought it would be more efficient if I just relaxed out in the sun. And that is exactly what I did this weekend, at the lake, on the lake, and in the lake. It’s become a family tradition to kick off the summer at the lake on Memorial Day weekend. We spend tons of time on the water, eating, and hanging out. It’s quite possible that I ate half a watermelon over the course of the weekend. One of my favorite things about the lake is no cell phones. It’s not a rule or anything and we get service, but we just don’t use them. No one texts constantly, or checks e-mail, or answer random phone calls. The most we use them for is to check in and see when we’re going to go out on the water and when we’re going to come back in. It’s glorious. I wish there were more situations in life that were no cell phone zones.

2. Puppies – Speaking of the lake Sam was reunited with her chocolate friend at the lake this weekend. For close to two weeks we puppy sat a little chocolate lab named Dexter. He was a lot of work but a blast to have around and Sam and he (or is it him) played CONSTANTLY. Sam went through a little withdrawal I think, so it was good for her to see him again this weekend.

3. Weekend Trips – Last weekend we were at the lake, we’ll soon be spending a long weekend in Tulsa. Later this summer we’re headed to Philadelphia, Maryland, and Buffalo to do a few photo sessions and hang out with family. I’ve never had so many airline flights booked at one time. All this traveling has got me really appreciating weekends at home. I’ve got a garden that needs tending, a list of home projects, DIYs and crafty things about a mile long. There is a stack of sewing projects that are all cut and pinned and ready for me to run through the machine. Plus time at home is just good. Joni over at LayBabyLay, who I just love btw, created this great little graphic from a She & Him song quote, “I want to be where your heart is home.” It pretty much sums up my thoughts right there. And yes, I had it printed, it’s going in our bedroom.

(You can download the image above by clicking it which will take you to her website or going to the blog post at LayBabyLay and clicking the link to the right.)

4. First Fruits – In Proverbs chapter three it says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Yesterday we picked our first tomatoes of the season (we’re in Texas, our season starts rather early). Out loud in the back yard I proclaimed, “Our First Fruits!” Then Bill asked if I thought God wanted our first tomatoes. I told him I was pretty sure he didn’t. I posted a posted a picture of them on facebook and a friend told me if I wanted to sell any that she would be interested. I never once thought about selling what we’ve grown/are growing. We’ll eat what we can and give the rest away. I’m pretty sure God would like that, I mean, what would He do with a tomato anyway?

5. New Things – I’ve been blessed with a whole bunch of new things lately. Some things are brand spanking new, others are old to some and new to me and some are just new ideas that are making me insanely excited. My favorite old new thing we’ve gotten recently is the rocking chair we picked up at a garage sale in-the-middle-of-no-where, Texas. When I went to pay for it the woman sighed a little and told me how she rocked her babies and her grandbabies in that rocking chair. I could tell there were a lot of memories and emotion attached to it. I assured her that I planned on rocking my own children in it and it was the perfect rocking chair for us and that it would be equally loved in our family. She seemed very happy/satisfied that I would love it as much as she had. It feels so cool to know that I’m giving new life to such a cherished piece of furniture.

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  1. Jess June 1, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Ugh, I want to be by the lake. In the lake. On the lake. Or the ocean. Or a river. I’m not picky.
    I LOVE She & Him and I want that print so thank you for sharing it. AND for reminding me about laybabylay, I completely forgot about that site. It’s not just for nursery’s in my opinion.
    Your garden looks lovely.

    • Chris June 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      You’re welcome. LayBabyLay is all kinds of design inspiration. I love that site.

      When I lived in Tulsa I missed large bodies of water SO much. Then I found the bridge over whatever river that is and while it was tiny compared to what I was used to, I spent a lot of time there thinking and just being by the water. Anytime you guys are in town we can take you to the lake or the ocean or the river, whichever you prefer. :)

  2. Michelle June 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    There is so much going on with you and Bill!!! I hope you enjoy all your vacations. We can only take mini ones in this house no one can stand to be in the car with each other any longer than 4 hours with 3 days in between. Love all of your new stuff the rocking chair is very special I can see you rocking your children in it for sure 😉 thank you for the blog I love to hear how others are 😉 your the best and your right I don’t think God would mine if you share a tomato or two 😉

  3. joannegarcia June 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    1. vitamin D is great! i am def enjoying the sunshine :)
    2. i want a chocolate lab puppy
    3. i want to travel with you
    4. God would make ketchup
    5. it would be ah-mazing if you could carry on the tradition of that rocking chair. just lovely.