August Self-Portrait: Embracing Summer

As I look back on August, I'm mostly in disbelief it is passing by so fast!  At the beginning of Summer I prepared myself for Houston's season of extreme heat by looking forward to Fall and Ephram's return to preschool.  But as the month comes to a close, I'm actually finding myself just a little sad that Summer is ending. I finally found myself embracing Summer in Houston this month. It's about time since this is our third summer here. Usually around this time of the year I'm feeling trapped inside, itching for cooler weather so we can play outside without ending up drenched in sweat. And while I'm still looking forward to Fall, I've done my best to enjoy Summer.

A huge contributor to enjoying Summer? The pool. We spent quite a bit of time at the neighborhood pool this year, something we lacked at our previous house.  What better way to endure the heat than playing in a cold water? Without fail, every time we'd pack up the stroller to walk over to the pool this summer, memories of my grandparents bringing my cousins, sister, and me to the city pool came flooding back.  Afterwards we'd have snacks on my grandparents' porch, and I'm confident my childhood memories are what led to me introduce popsicles to Ephram and Alwyn this year. Another way to enjoy the heat? Sit in the shade and eat flavored ice.

Summer, we've loved you, we've done our best to enjoy you, & we're looking forward to seeing you again next year. Right after a long Fall, Winter, and Spring.

August 2014 Monthly Self Portrait Series :: Donya Luana
August 2014 Monthly Self Portrait Series :: Donya Luana

September goals:

  • A book I want to read: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  • A craft I want to do: Two wooden craft ideas I have in my head... (still trying to find the time for them)
  • A "skill" I want to work on: Closing unused tabs on my internet browser. Why is this so hard?!
  • An activity I want to do more often: Outside walks (if it starts to cool off soon...)