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Happy Summer, Friends!
It IS official now, right?
(Summer that is. Not the friend part. That’s been official for like…ever.)
As this post goes live, Levi and I will be flying high over the ocean on our way to meet up with Dave and Luke in California. I’m so excited! We only have two quick nights with Dave before he has to return to Hawaii to work (and to be with the other two boys) (Man, having four kids is complicated!) I’ll be taking over surf-mom duty for Luke’s NSSA National contest in Huntington Beach. And if you know me at all you know how much I
hate lovingly endure surf contests, and how totally stressed out easy-going-happy they make me. (thanks for prayers.)
Anyways, we’ve had a busy, productive, and slightly insane few weeks of summer so far. Levi’s been doing all things water (surf and swim lessons.) Jonah is in his second week of Junior Lifeguard training (see bottom of post), and Josiah has been doing his usual one hundred things at once and helping me out SO much with the little rascal. (bless him.)
Personally, I am really looking forward to my travels and just hoping to catch my breath (maybe just a little?) while I’m away. The real prize comes after Cali and the surf contest madness when me and all of the boys (except Jonah — who will be headed to Indonesia with Surfing the Nations..Did I mention four kids can be really complicated?) will be flying to Seattle for a magical eight days with my family. (And when I say magical, I mean this is really all Luke dreams about 365 days of the year: Time at Grandparent’s mountain cabin. And me? Boat trip to Seattle! We’re gonna pack it in, compliments of the most amazing parents/grandparents.)
Anyways, back to SUMMER.
I thought before I leave I’d share some photos of what we’ve been up to lately. The fun parts anyways.
*Then don’t miss the great links at the bottom of the post!
GO LEVI GO!
Levi has been taking lessons from Sergio, the older brothers’ youth group leader. Sergio runs Island Style Surf School and if you happen to be on the North Shore of Oahu, I highly recommend…Nicest guy ever. My boys have dinner at his house every Monday night and we’re all kinds of grateful for him and his wife Carly.
**BTW–Just as I finish this post I discovered this article about Sergio and Carly and their daughter (surfing daily with dad at 9 months old!) You need to read it just for the photos!
Summer fruit is picking up pace…By the time we get back I think we’ll have full-size avos and juicy mango waiting for us! Maybe some lilikoi too. Mountain apples are currently plentiful– and still not my favorite, but you can’t love everything I suppose.
I posted this next one on Instagram for Father’s Day.
And I mentioned that it wasn’t that long ago that one of my boys confessed that it has not been too long since he actually thought Dave was his big brother.
That made me laugh and cry all at once. I’m just not sure where I fit into this world. Summer sunsets rule. Brothers talking nicely on the beach rules. (even if it’s rare.)
But what really rules: OnoYo. (short write-up about OnoYo here.)
On our way to Levi’s swim lessons (twice a week!) we pass this AWESOME frozen yogurt truck. And yes we have to stop every time. It’s made with all natural Greek yogurt and has the best best BEST toppings in the world.
AND this reminds me that I must update my North Shore favorites tab this summer.
Which then reminds me to tell you that I’ll be updating a number of things on this blog this summer.
Which makes me wonder if we could possibly add a couple more months on to summer?
(in unrelated news) One sad thing about having to travel every summer is that I miss most of the sweet, calm waters of summer time on the north shore. It’s pretty much the only time I can really go out and cruise on my Stand Up Paddle board without the big waves
There’s nothing more peaceful.
As for Luke and Cali: Like I mentioned, I will arrive just in time for the National Championship in Huntington Beach. But if you’ve followed this whole surf competition thing for a while, and are interested (in other words, if you’re my mom or just a really curious surf fan) you might remember that there are two big contests in California each summer. Well, the one at Trestles (called the Surfing America US Championships) already happened this week. Luke had a very disappointing heat, and did not advance to the final rounds. (I would tell you how disappointing that was but then we’d all be crying and that just wouldn’t be nice now, would it?) The next contest will be super challenging as well because Luke is now in an older age division so he’ll be up against some bigger, older kids this year. And competition is fierce. Not that he still can’t do well, but I’m just saying that the odds are…Well, never mind. I’ll just stop. (excuse me while I go back to my happy place.)
We’ll keep you posted.
But I am incredibly proud of this kid. (And oh I can’t wait to hug him after being apart for three weeks!) I’m also incredibly thankful for Freddy Pattachia, his Quiksilver coach. Freddy’s experience, (many years on the pro circuit) and expertise are almost as valuable as his positive attitude and kindness towards Luke. Oh and that smile? I know, right?
I’ve got to get off this computer now…I’m like twelve hours behind on the little schedule I attempted to make for the hours leading to my departure.
But I know you like to stay busy, so I I found some really great links for you to click on. ENJOY! 🙂
Study finds ocean views linked to better mental health. (you knew it, didn’t you?)
What it’s Like to Have Four Kids (#2 couldn’t have described my brain any better.)
These Printable Summer Rules have already helped Levi and I so much! Just perfect.
The Question we should really be asking. (busted over here.)
Loved this God Centered Mom podcast. I’m fully inspired.
THIS SALAD is what I want pretty much every day of summer.
Blueberry Lemon Pudding Pops. (and healthy too!? Score!) Forget the kids, I want these!
Busy Morning Almond-Oat Pancakes. (made in the blender. Cool!)
A FINAL NOTE: While I’m away I’ll try to hop on to share a few fresh posts (with updates or a little something I’ve prepared in advance) but I’m also going to pull a few older favorite posts from my archives…(something I give myself permission to do each summer while I’m traveling!) Hopefully you’ll discover a post you’ve never read before, or be reminded of one you haven’t seen in a while. (Depending on the season you’re in, an old post can sometimes deliver a fresh new message!)
Thank you for grace while I’m away…
And let’s just end with this fun little Jr. Lifeguard video Jonah’s buddy put together. You’ll spot Jonah in it about fifteen times, and I thought your kids might like to see what kids in Hawaii do for their summer break. (Hint: It doesn’t suck.)
And if it won’t show up here, sorry (!) you might have to click over to youtube.
How about you? What’s going on with your summer so far? I’d love to hear what you’re doing, where you’re going, or what’s new where you are!
Stay safe and have fun this summer you guys!
I ADORE YOU!!
See ya soon,