Summer Clichés (in BC)

It’s the cliché-est of the clichés, but the days really are long and the years really do feel short…

We’ve been in BC for two months, we fly back to the East Coast tomorrow, Zephyr turned 16-months last week, and suddenly Fall is just around the corner.

You’d think we’d have our life plans solidified for the winter, but you’d be wrong 🙂 Still working through the messy middle, still weighing pros and cons and boats and plans, and generally changing our minds every other day.

In an effort to make a concrete step forward, we did, however, buy the anchor for our new boat.

No, we haven’t sold (or even listed!) Brio yet, and no, we haven’t bought the new boat yet — but we love, *love* our Spade anchor on Brio… So when the bigger version of our current anchor went on super sale, we decided to play Cinderella and buy the anchor for the next boat before we buy the boat itself.

This, my friends, should tell you something about our current mental state 😉

Don’t trust these crazies!

Anyways, it’s all good and I keep reminding myself that we should be so lucky to have “problems” like these, and everything works out in the end — or it’s not yet the end!

Since I’ve taken 4000 photos and shared only 2000 of them (ha!), and I aim to update this little corner of the internet on some kind of as-yet-unidentifiable schedule, here are a few highlights from our amazing passed-in-a-blink summer in BC…

     

We had to weight-test the bike trailer (and my sister’s biceps) before we declared it totally safe 😉 …

We’ve spent as many weekends as possible sailing on Synchronicity, showing Zephyr mommy’s old home and some of our favorite spots in BC…

The grandparent bond is real. There will definitely be tears all around when we leave.

This little island is one we’ve been going to for as long as I can remember, and is now where Z got to experience his first hot dog roast too…

Still a boat kid, through and through…

We’ll be back, Vancouver!

– LMK 🙂

 

14 Months Old (in Bailey Island, ME)

A more organized mom might have recorded milestones monthly, but it’s never too late to carpe diem, right?!

14 months has brought some fun new milestones.

You’ve given up walking for running, in that full-force way only toddlers can. Edges? Stairs? Toys? Mere obstacles to be run right over.

I caught you yesterday trying to skateboard on your toy truck. You looked at me out of the corner of your eye, face shining with excitement as you planted one foot on the truck’s back and pushed off with the other.

This ended badly, as most toddler experiments tend to — but it’s incredible to watch you learn.

When your daddy turns on the radio, it’s like you’re hearing music for the first time. Your face radiates literal joy.

One of the parenting books I read said that toddlers can only feel one feeling at a time (hence the often inexplicable mood swings… “Cucumber! Cucumber! NO, not THAT cucumber!!”) but that’s part of why adults find them so charming…

When you’re happy, you are DELIGHTED.

When you’re upset, you are MAD.

You’ve added a few new words to your 3-word repertoire this week… “up” and “apple” are the clearest new favorites.

Intriguingly, when we ask for a word you don’t know, you reply with “die!”

“Can you say cucumber, Zephyr?” “Die!”

“Beach?” “Die!”

“Tub?” “Die!”

So maybe we’re pushing the new words thing a little too hard 😉

Despite having spent half of your life out of state, you’re definitely a Mainer.

We walk down to the shore and I can’t keep you from wading out into the water. While my tropical-favoring-toes sting from the chilly Atlantic, you’ll happily stand knee-deep, chasing ever-bigger rocks to pick up and throw until mean-mommy drags you back onto the beach to warm up and dry off.

You helped your daddy stack 4-cords of wood.

Sometimes you helped by not running into the road, but often you actually carried full pieces of wood from the pile, gleefully placing your piece on the top of the stack. You’ll be a great second mate yet.

(And we’re giving your daddy extra points for stacking all that wood while Zephyr-wrangling!)

I know people say having a baby changes everything, but I find it interesting how much stays the same, too.

Yes, the make up of our days are different (they start earlier, for one, and revolve around the needs of a 2-1/2′ tall creature for another) but at the core so much stays the same.

I still love hot coffee with my journal, especially in the peaceful moments when the household is asleep.

We still go on adventures (albeit, slower adventures) and I take too many pictures.

I still love to overshare, in the hopes of remembering these days and connecting with others who maybe relate.

We still enjoy each other’s company and we still dream big dreams for the future.

I still take selfies 😉

And I still wonder what kind of mom I’ll be, and what our family will turn out like…

Thanks for sharing this month with us, little Z.

– LMK

That Gypsy Lifestyle (in Bailey Island, ME)

We’ve been in Maine since the beginning of May. It’s the cliche-est of the cliches, but the days are long and the months are short.

May felt like the month that Maine finally caught up with the rest of the country, and spring full-on arrived. The barren trees suddenly sprouted green buds. The beautiful pear tree in the front yard — my beacon of hope for a summer to come — burst into bloom, and the whole place felt *alive*. Spring is short here — but it’s incredible to watch.

And as all this life blooms around us, we continue to toss around life plans, “like popcorn” as I told a friend. 

We’ve been through most of the options lately — we had someone interested in buying Brio (didn’t happen), we tried to get an offer in on our dream-next-boat (didn’t happen), and we were prequalified and ready to buy a multi-family as an investment here in Maine (also didn’t happen)…

It’s a strange freedom and responsibility to feel like anything is possible — to have so many options and so much blank canvas — and also to not want to screw anything up.

In the end we come back to how good life is right now, with the flexiblity and freedom to chase the sun and really spend time together, with our families and our friends and most importantly with each other.

I keep reminding myself that this won’t last forever either — nothing ever does — so we may as well enjoy it while we can, and quit rushing to give away all of our options and freedom.

Chasing Zephyr around — up and down stairs and through the gorgeous backyard here — just underscores how much we want to focus on simplifying things.

Life will naturally add complication, so we really don’t need to attempt to ourselves 😉

Jon made a trip down to Beaufort to tuck Brio away for the summer. Our 3-week visit to Maine became a luxurious 9-week stay, allowing ample time for afternoons on the shore and roadtrips to friends, and visits to farms, and picnics with our baby friends… and we’re off to Vancouver at the end of the month for an overdue visit with my side of the family.

I am so thankful for work that is flexible (“and where are you working from today??” is a favorite question of my coworkers) and family that don’t mind us crashing in their homes… the key to this gypsy lifestyle really is the people who support and embrace us and love us all even when we do (over)extend our stays… 😉

Honestly, I kept imagining what it might be like to write the blog post announcing the big new life plan… Brio is for sale! We bought a new boat! We bought a house! All the excitement and energy. It’s been challenging to lay the future-focus aside and be honest about the messy middle instead. I don’t have a big exciting update, and I’m working on embracing that.

Lots and lots of pictures of the small child that I absolutely adore help 🙂

We chose “equilibrium” as our theme for 2019, and in the end — despite some serious efforts to the contrary — we seem to be doing a half-decent job of embracing it.

LMK

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