The Summer List 2019

July 14, 2019

I started the Summer List back in 2012 after reading Meg + Andy's Summer List on their blog that same year. And while I haven't shared our list every year here on the blog, it started off simple with just five things to do like "go for a walk by the river" and "go to three different parks" as my son was not even a year and a half old at that point (woah!), and has evolved into the photo above where he helps come up with some ideas and has even added more since I took this photo (one of my favourites that he added was "go to our favourite places and take pictures"). 

I am grateful for what we have, and that we are at a point in our life where we can make a list of things that we wish to do in the summer. I also love the adventures that we are able to do because of this Summer List, and because it's written in a prominent place in the house (on his art chalkboard in the kitchen), we are more aware of it and can remind ourselves of the things that we want to do this summer.

What's on your Summer List this year?

Behind the Art: POP!-sicle

June 30, 2019

The inspiration for this art print really came from the summer months as a child and the excitement over ice cream trucks and Dickie Dees. Those old-school rocket popsicles were amazing, but I found it so hard to get through one of them without feeling gross. Fudgesicles were my go-to -- after ice cream, of course -- but they don't translate as well in a drawing and literally look like poop on a stick. 

Read It: Circe

June 28, 2019

I purchased Circe by Madeline Miller when I spotted it at the bookstore just after Christmas, and it ended up travelling with me to Mexico where I started reading it on the plane ride home. For a few months I was occupied with another series of books that I was trying to complete before going on vacation (Harry Potter), and I was excited to pick this book up again soon afterwards as I had started reading it one night instead of going to bed -- that was a big mistake.

I am a huge fan of mythology, especially Greek mythology, and so I was easily sucked into this book. I knew some of the characters and a quick Google search reminded me of their heroics. But it was Miller's writing, her prose and beautiful expression of words, that kept me coming back for more and will make me read it again. There are few books that make me sad that they are over and I continue to think about for weeks and months after finishing them (The Red Tent is one of them), but Circe is now at the top of that list.

I loved learning and growing with Circe. She was written in such a way that she never knew more than you in a situation, and there were no secrets. Her character was open, honest and refreshing, and I could feel her emotions as she moved throughout the book. I watched her life stretch over time, but never felt distant from her -- as most deities are made out to be. And the prose was always there, continually sucking me in as I got closer and closer to the end.

I don't want to give away any details, but the part of the book where the quotation "But perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults" really got to me. Going through the struggles that I currently am as a parent, I really connected with these two sentences and the situation surrounding them. Again, it is Miller's way with words that unwrapped me and made me feel as vulnerable as her character. That is truly a gift, and makes me want to read more of her work.

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