This summer I lived for sunny days, picnics, visits with friends, and sunsets. For the most part, I only got about 1/128th of what I actually needed in order to be fully satisfied, but I’m positive that these photos send out warm vibes enough to make me feel like I lived these days every day of the summer.
Instead our summers were filled with working (even Madeline has a job this year!), packing, moving, and more working… but I’m thankful to have a family who puts up with me & friends who understand me. Seriously, I’d just like to take this moment to say that I have the best fucking friends in the world, and for that I am so humbled. We like to keep the tradition of spending Michael’s birthday on the road, and preferably with our best mates Jon & Heather, but this year it didn’t happen because of just too much going on; however, we did get away for about 30 hours of birthday celebrating with them, which turns out is just enough hours to get some good, soulful replenishment to get us dreaming & working towards the next get-together. Another thing that we did a lot this year—thanks to the ingenious forethought of Michael & the unique craftsmanship of Lanny Shuler—was stand up paddleboarding. Michael knew that we wouldn’t get enough days off in the summer to get any good surf trips in, so we bought SUPs with the intention of getting time on the water as often as possible… even here in Ballard! It was perfect, and such a great way to get a quick rendezvous with the water & time with each other, thankfully.
I’m already looking forward to next summer! In the meantime, it’s time to celebrate the equinox, which we’ll be doing this weekend by celebrating the marriage of two wonderful men… and then hunkering down for several months of the dark & cozy winter of Seattle. Cherish, enjoy, and I’ll see you on the other side!