My daughter recently returned from a week at Malibu Club in Canada. She loved it! And we have enjoyed hearing the stories about her time there. She was glowing when she came home, one very happy girl. A ropes course where she jumped off a 30 ft. platform, dragon boating in the early morning hours, sharing a room with a dozen other girls, no phone, no internet....all new experiences that she made the most of. I asked her if it was hard for her to not have her phone. She told me, "the hardest part was when you were looking for someone, you actually had to go and find them!"
I have loved having her back home- and I'm glad that she's still only thirteen. Her time away was a reminder to savor each of these days that we still have with her while she's living at home (even the hard ones). These pictures I'm showing you are hers. I sent my camera with her, half hoping that something would happen to it, "forcing" me to get a new one. ; ) Alas, she took good care of my camera.
And below, a few more pictures that I've taken recently. The common theme that I notice in all of these pictures is just how green everything is. We've had a very cool summer so far. I'm trying to see the positive in this, even though I really love hot weather. The green is the trade off, and I'll take it. It really is beautiful. But I'm also counting down the days until vacation, when we head to Lake Chelan in eastern Washington. August, Lake Chelan...we're pretty much guaranteed some hot weather!