Monday, August 23, 2010

The End of Summer

Lake Louise in Canada
[insert small sigh]

I'm kind of lamenting the end of summer. School officially starts today. I go back to teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders at a public Montessori school in Houston. I'm excited to return to the classroom for another year (it gets easier every year!), and I am even eager for fall to arrive.

It's been a good season. I made it through my first trimester of pregnancy relatively unscathed. I also envisioned and then executed an online course about preparing our minds, bodies, and lives for pregnancy. I also went on three amazing trips: a yoga retreat, a road trip from California to Canada, and a trip to Zion National Park in Utah (with a side-trip to Las Vegas for a conference). I presented at a national educational conference. I managed to keep my two blogs up and running, despite all my travel. I learned how to use my DSLR camera on the manual setting. I helped a public school in Minnesota apply for a charter.

I'm looking forward to the fall. I love Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year's. There always seems to be something exciting around the corner in the fall.

Before summer ends, however, I asked myself if there was anything else I needed to do in order to close out the summer. The only thing I could think of was to make a watermelon cooler.

It's an embarrassingly simple recipe: scoop watermelon into the blender, add ice, blend until smooth. It's so refreshing! I think I'll go make one now...

Is there anything you want to do before the summer comes to a close?

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Ms Bear Cub said...

haha, I love that the only thing left that you wanted from summer was a watermelon cooler B-).

Anonymous said...

My husband and I are living on watermelon coolers at the moment. We intended to make a vodka watermelon, but it didn't work so well. I'd never had a watermelon cooler before this weekend, but I'm definitely a fan.

Oh! And when I went to the store last night, they had candy apples for the first time this year. Fall is definitely here!

Brannie said...

Several times this summer I have made a similar drink, but its strawberries, watermelon, lemon juice, a little sugar and ice. So refreshing!

Mia said...

Swimming in the sea/ocean, a last time...

Meg said...

Summer is just starting here in SF. We had our first sunny weekend this weekend, and woke up to the first sunny morning since spring this morning. SUMMMMMEEEEERRRR! Maybe for two whole months. Yay!

Yes, yes, we had two weeks of summer in Italy, but that wasn't near enough.

Anonymous said...

My summer vacation ends on Wednesday August 25th... that's when I head back to school. My goal to finish off the summer is to just get more organized with my life. I'm planning a wedding this year, trying to save money for my wedding, wanting to have a craft party to sell my homemade items, studying for two state test, etc. The list goes on. So that's my end of the year summer goals. I hope to work on my goals each and every day. :)

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