The Best of Summer

The end of summer is upon us and I'm still getting used to the idea that Christmas isn't terrifying anymore. A couple of years ago, September meant the onset of panic. October was like the calm before the storm when I could convince myself for a moment that everything would be okay. Then November and December would blow up around me like some beast from the lowest levels of hell. 

For the first time in years, I'm actually planning Christmas present craft nights. It's amazing to me how quickly hatred for the holidays will dissipate when retail is out of the picture. So, for anybody out there who is still in the game, know that I feel your pain. Isn't it messed up that the beginning of September makes me think about the holidays? I have some serious mental re-wiring to do.

But let us rewind a little bit and celebrate SUMMER. There's no denying that this year has been an admittedly terrible one. So, for me, warmer weather meant spending more time with friends and loved ones, as well as appreciating the relationships I have, and accepting the inevitable changes that time brings. Life is all about the unknown and this is neither good nor bad. It just is.

It's our job to make the best of it.

I haven't really been posting any personal photos on this blog - and I don't know why considering that they are usually high among my favorites. I'm a strong believer in the candid portrait and my friends tend to make very good subjects when we get together (though, of course, I may be biased.) If this post serves as a dump for the pictures I haven't shared from the past few months, prepare yourselves... narrowing things down has never been my forte.

Myself, Caitlin, Charlotte and Gabe all recently made the collective mistake of camping in Virginia Beach in the middle of August. Though I can't overlook how relaxing the ocean water was, nor deny the beautiful evening breezes... the afternoon heat was enough to send us packing (literally). We left a day earlier than planned and were all too eager to jump back into the world of air conditioning. Sorry not sorry?

Otherwise, the warm weather has been enjoyed by various get-togethers, parties and cook-outs. We have fun.

And I would be remiss if I didn't include the all-you-can-pick sunflower event at the Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery last weekend. Ate some tacos, drank some beer and picked my fill of sunflowers (which are now wilting and shedding pollen onto my kitchen counter, but it's all good.) 

I'm sure there are more photos I could be sharing, but I think this is a good sum-up of these last couple of hot months. Now, I have the autumn months to look forward to, and the deep breaths that come with calm. Like I said in another entry, I have to keep reminding myself to keep posting, even when it seems like I'm too busy (or scatterbrained) to think straight. 

Assuming that you made it through this entire entry, please feel free to share your own favorite images / experiences / sentiments from this summer in the comments!
(But only if you want to.) 

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