I love June! While I don’t necessarily enjoy the frenetic race to reach the finish line at the end of the month, it is usually a month filled with happy occasions like the end of the school year and graduation (our youngest graduated from high school this month), weddings, birthdays (Irwin’s was on the 18th) and Father’s Day. The last couple of weeks are often chaotic and exhausting, but the days are some of the longest and the weather is finally truly warm. AND…summer finally arrives.
These are the days I cherish, the days I long for all year. The days I hold firmly in my heart as I wade through mountains of snow in the absolute darkness of late afternoons in December. I cling to these early days of summer as I begin the count from the shortest day of the year to the longest and am always astounded to have made it back again, another year under my belt. It is cause for celebration: A time to truly be grateful for all that we have. And what better place to do it than in the country; where we can focus on the basics of a quality, slow home lifestyle.
We arrived in the country on Friday and were greeted by our neighbor Jeanne, and our four-week old garden. Jeanne had baked a strawberry/rhubarb birthday pie for Irwin from scratch with fruit she had gotten at the local farmer’s market. The smell of the sweet fruit wafted through the air and the plate was still warm to the touch when she handed it to me. The garden offered up rose-colored radishes along with growth by leaps and bounds.
Although Irwin is not big on birthday celebrations, we have grown to understand how really special each one is so we began his birthday with the gift of a waffle maker and my preparation of a delicious Belgian waffle batter from scratch along with fresh whipped cream. The result was so delicious, that I have vowed never to use a mix for either waffles or pancakes again.
Then the boys gave Irwin a very special gift and card and it was then time to pass the Kleenex.
A Kleenex Moment
The rest of the day was spent relaxing and taking some family photos and ended with an easy barbeque and consumption of Smores cupcakes I made thanks to a recipe shared by @RidgelyBrode
Four Out of Five (Middle Son Had to Work)
Simple and sweet, we ended the day driving our youngest to camp.
The events of last weekend may not seem out of the ordinary in any way and that is exactly my point. It was a simple relaxed birthday weekend that we were privileged to share as a family: A privilege that we would like many others to have the opportunity to share for years and years.
And so, we are welcoming summer with another kind of celebration. A celebration that we would like to share with all of you. Through the power of social media, we have collaborated with Sunbrella to introduce our latest Pretty in Pink for Life piece to benefit Susan Komen for the Cure CT.
Our Latest Pretty in Pink 4 Life to Benefit Komen
This fabulous fuchsia powder coated Mid Century iron ottoman covered in Sunbrella’s Canvas- Hot Pink 5462 and Steeplechase-Malibu 56064 fabrics is phenomenal and is perfect for summer fun either indoors or out!
So please help spread the word and help us find this wonderful ottoman a home so that Komen CT can benefit from ALL the proceeds of the sale. It is our way of sharing the simple pleasure of birthdays with others.
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