A Crazy Summer So Far

Is it really only June 11th? Holy cow, I can't beleive how crazy this summer has been so far! I've been going non-stop for the last 3 weeks, and for a person who really (really!) enjoys their quiet-leave-me-alone writing time... Well, let's just say I'm craving a bit of solitude!

The cause of all this chaos? Let's see, we can start off with the fact that my dad is visiting. He's been here for TEN days. Don't get me wrong, I love my dad. But... TEN days, LOL. He came in for my middle daughter's high school graduation last weekend. We spent the first 3 days of his visit party planning and shopping and cleaning (why do we do this? The house just gets trashed, and then it needs to be cleaned all over again after everyone goes home!).
The party was a huge success (that's one thing we Daniels' know how to do -- throw a great party!), but we didn't get a chance to rest after it was over. Nope, the next day was her graduation ceremony. It was held outdoors, and finished right before a storm rolled through. Talk about perfect timing! And yeah, I admit that I teared up during the ceremony. I couldn't be more proud of my daughter. I do, however, dread when she has to leave for college in the fall. Sigh.

Then, a few days later, my youngest turned 16! Man, I just can't beleive it. Where did the years go? He's morphed from this blond-haired, blue-eyed little boy into a skinny 6' tall pre-man. I have to say it really freaks me out!
The family and I spent the day in Chicago yesterday. We noshed on Itailian food at Giordano's restaraunt, then walked along the Mag Mile for a bit before strolling through Millennium Park. We closed our trip with a jaunt over to Buckingham Fountain. You know, I really love day trips to the city. Oh, and here's a big congrats to the Blackhawks for winning the Stanley Cup! Whoot!

Cloud Gate (better known as The Bean), Millennium Park, Chicago

I just loved this little guy, and how his webbed toes were hanging
over the edge. Isn't he cute?

Buckingham Fountain. What a gorgeous day in Chicago!

Well, that's been my CRAZY summer so far. Dad goes home tomorrow, and then life will return to normal. Only for a few days, though. But I'll tell you all about that next time...


1 comment:

Danica Avet said...

Kristin, I feel your pain! I'm finally settling into my normal routine after nearly four months of planning. Why? My brother got married last weekend and I was in the wedding party, so there were shopping excursions, bachelorette parties, engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal, then finally the wedding. As if that wasn't bad enough, my godchild graduated right before the wedding. Phew. That's all I can say.

Hope the rest of the summer is much calmer and more conducive to writing!