Friday, July 03, 2009

Until I Can't Keep My Eyes Open

Recently I finished a book that used the phrase "we went from sun up until we couldn't keep our eyes open anymore" in regards to how they spent their summer days. I find it absolutely brilliant. That's exactly how each and every one of us should spend our summer. Judging from the comments on my summer giveaway post we're all having a love affair with summer, but perhaps Ashley puts it most eloquently when she said: "My favorite thing about summer is that I always have this unreasonable hope that my life is going to get exciting and movie-like for 3 months--that I'll be swept away--and even though it never happens, I always have the hope." Thats how we should approach summer -- like its going to be magical and movie - like, completely swept away by the sheer joy of it all.

I've been thoroughly enjoying this summer; soaking up every last drop until I can't keep my eyes open any more. I have enjoyed this summer far more than other summers and the fun has literally only just started. There will be outdoor concerts with friends and fantastic road trips with the promise of more on the horizon (hopefully involving some blog friends). I'm not even kidding when I say that up until two days ago my biggest worry was how I was going to make the midnight viewing of the new Harry Potter movie while attending a huge four day outdoor country concert with my friends (Thankfully, I had the wrong release date so it will all work out in the end). I want my summer to include making fun new memories with my friends, just savoring every last second of this season.

In the past two days alone I've put over 700 miles on my car, spent more money than I had intended, and laughed over fun things like seeing an Amish man singing karaoke with my mom. We drove across the state, visited the KitchenAid Factory, learned how to make an amazing peanut butter pie during a cooking class demonstration, and ate entirely way too much delicious homemade Amish food. (I'll post about them as soon as I figure out how to get the pics from my camera phone to my computer.)

I'm going to spend the next three days with my closest friends relaxing on the lake, enjoying grilled food and probably drinking too much alcohol. There will be boating, multiple fireworks shows, bonfires and quality time spent with loved ones. I plan on going until I can't my eyes open and then doing it all again the very next day, which is my wish for all of you this summer holiday weekend.

Have a Happy 4th of July!!

18 comments:

LiLu said...

So jealous! We will be BBQing up a storm, but no lake! Have a blast ;-)

wekeepsaying said...

such a perfect quote, and one that describes my teenage years perfectly. i really want to go back to that place.

have a great weekend!

Victoria said...

What book is that quote from?

I've had summers like that where you just fill it with lots of different friends and activities, though this one hasn't been as fun as usual. I did just hear an ice cream truck drive by, and it made me smile.

Happy 4th of July!!

Rhianna said...

I thought I was the only one that thought summer is supposed to be that way.

Kyla Roma said...

Okay, Ashley automatically wins your contest. Officially - that's so beautiful!

I've been living very similarly to the way you've been living, and it's so lovely to just be able to drink in the late afternoon sun while barbecuing and to just be warm all over.

Summer always makes me feel incredibly lucky and relieved. I love a little ease.

katiedotcom said...

All of my favorite bloggers read you. Why don't I?!

I hope you have a great 4th!

Andy said...

That's exactly it!!

Summer, you're my new boyfriend. I love you more than anything. In lack of men, seasons will have to do.

And now... I'm SO jealous of that trip. SO jealous.

MeLaNiE said...

Happy 4th of July! hope it's great!

Bayjb said...

Hope you had an awesome 4th of July. Ashley's quote is SO true. I always think something exotic will happen over summer.

Auburn Kat said...

I've spent my summer reading, I just can't stop lately...which is a good thing! Although I've been reading to keep my mind from thinking too much! =)

Katie said...

I hope you had a fabulous weekend. There's nothing quite like enjoying the water and the sun. It just melts everything away but that moment.

Jess said...

This has been an awesome summer for us so far too. I hope you had a great 4th!

Nora said...

sounds like a wonderful holiday weekend in every meaning of the word! Glad to hear you had a great time and peanut butter pie? I would like some,please.

Ashley said...

Hey, that's me! Sounds like you're totally living it up in the way I wish I was.

Frank said...

Regardless of how old you get or the fact that you don't get summer vacation anymore after school...summer is still a magical time of year. I especially like sitting out around a fire long after the sun has gone down and the air has a fresh coolness to it...

amanda said...

ashley's comment is perfection. for real. i always feel that very same way. and it usually never comes true. no notebook move romance or anything. but the hope that it will happen is just lovely.

i hope your three days with the close friends was nothing short of amazing!

ceecee said...

First of all, o.m.g. There is a KitchenAid Factory?? Are there tours? Or is it the place where they create their kitchen appliances/utensils? Sorry, I'm in love with KitchenAid. :) What goes on in there?

I'm starting my summer a tad bit late...It should have started in June, but you know what? Better late, than never. I had a great 4th of July weekend, and that's how my summer started - it will continue to be fun.

Ashley said...

It sounds like you are having a fantastic summer! That's a great quote to remember. I wish all my summer days could be like that.