Goodbye summer

IMG_3839 Summer always arrives with excited anticipation for lazy days. No more homework, no more driving the kids around like a crazy person. I look forward to time spent in the garden, beach days and especially our annual trip home to Whidbey Island (my favorite place on earth).

The only thing I can say about this summer is that 'lazy days' sadly didn't really come to pass. My poor daughter was overly scheduled with activities designed to get her up to speed for the 7th grade. In hindsight it was all likely a big waste of time and money.

We had very few beach days and I didn't do much gardening. We did do some yoga together, which was fantastic and of course we took our mother daughter trip to the northwest. Heaven.

We arrived in Seattle to perfect weather and had lunch straight away at the Pink Door at Pike Place Market.IMG_3494

IMG_3498Traditional champagne welcome at the house and a fatty with BFFs fabulous husband. We love Uncle Dave! (we look a little too cool for school here, hehehe)IMG_3566We walked in beautiful Discovery Park.IMG_3592Went swimming in the unusually warm Puget Sound.swimming in magnoliaFun with a homemade slip'n slide.IMG_3526

And then headed to the island.Whidbey_I love you

IMG_3611Family love fest. Grandma is 96 this year and still kick'n ass. Apparently a lifetime of healthy habits does pay off...IMG_3672

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Long walks on the tide flats fill up the soul. So beautiful!IMG_3634

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IMG_3646Beach artIMG_3707Dee painted us all little rock buddhas.IMG_3721We made talking sticks with yarn and driftwood. We could definitely benefit from the use of one of these in my family!IMG_3699 (1)

And then there was rain. After a totally dry hot summer it had to rain while we were on the island. IMG_3760So we brought the fun inside.IMG_3787Dream boards and more rock painting.IMG_3783After a bliss filled week we headed back to Seattle for a final night before returning to hustle bustle LA. This is the first year that I really felt sick to leave. I miss my besties and the quiet beauty of the Northwest.

I will dream of having my own beach house so our visits can be more frequent and longer. Maybe this one... IMG_3608

Back to school on Monday and the start of a fresh season. I'm hoping to spend a lot of time in my studio making art and planning workshops, retreats and generally being productive. And of course making more time to share and connect with you right here. Maybe we can all do the Artist's Way together this fall...?