Pizza and Dancing
My friend (and fellow blogger) Ashley has been writing a lot on her blog lately about appreciating the summer while it’s here—thinking about the things you want to do during the months of June, July and August…and actually doing them. I think I spent the month of June feeling a little down about the summer—even though we took our trip to Georgia, and will be heading out west to Oregon in a little over a week, this summer has just felt a little more quiet than the summers of the past few years. It’s not that we’re not having a great summer, because we are, but I think in the back of my head I’m thinking, “Man, we should have gone to Paris! We should have rented a house in Costa Rica! We should have…”
— you get the idea.
I did enough of that in June. I’m making it my goal for July and August to appreciate this summer for what it is, and making an effort to do things that will make the days seem a little longer, a little fuller, a little more fun. Exploring an art festival in a nearby town might not be as exciting as, say, jetting off to Europe. But really—how much fun would that be with a two year-old anyway?
Anyway, we’ve been making more of an effort to do things that we’ve said we’re going to do—but have never actually gotten around to doing. Hence, the bikes. We also talk a lot about wanting to take advantage of more of what Huntsville has to offer. We’re pretty good about this in general, but it seems like in the summer there is always something fun going on here—outdoor concerts, fairs, festivals, races—and I want to make even more of an effort to do as much as we can while we still have the advantage of summer’s long days and open schedule.
Last night, we hit up Huntsville’s Concerts in Big Spring Park—during the summer, they have a rotating schedule of outdoor concerts on every Monday night. The bands are good, you can bring your own food (and wine!), and it’s totally free!
Last night, we stopped at a local pizza joint to pick up dinner:
…and then enjoyed a couple of hours with friends, listening to a fun brass band.
Ryan and Lila got in a sweet daddy-daughter dance:
…but someone (Lila’s friend Dean) decided to cut in!
Dean was cracking me up—pretty bold move for a young guy! He must have really wanted to dance with Lila.
Last night was a fun reminder of all our town has to offer—hopefully we’ll be taking full advantage for what’s left of this summer!