Saturday, July 07, 2012

Friends and summer nights

Mother Nature decided to give us a special gift these past couple weeks: a sauna-like atmosphere. With temperatures in the high 80s, sometimes into the 90s, we are sweating out all the unpleasantries. Who needs to go on a detox diet? Just visit WNY for a couple months out of the year.

While my little fam spends most of our days sitting in front of a fan and not making any unnecessary movement, we perk up as soon as the sun sets to take advantage of these gorgeous nights. With warm air and a cool breeze, it's perfect for sitting with friends and drinking a cold one.

I've had a wonderful, full week with friends and family. In fact, I feel very blessed as I write this. On the Fourth of July, my husband surprised our little family with a late-night drive to see the fireworks. It was honestly perfect. Little Olive just kept whispering, "They're so beautiful! I love all the colors." Before that, we had a fun cook-out with his family on their deck. On Thursday, I went out with friends to celebrate one of their birthdays. We enjoyed some Bud Light Lime and wings on the back patio of my favorite local bar. Friday night, I had one of the best talks of my life with inspiring friends. We were sitting out in the night air, on a front balcony. Tonight, my husband and I finally met up with some old friends to enjoy a bbq and play catch-up. It had been years since I'd seen most, so I couldn't have been happier to see them all.

I noticed there were two things in common with all these events:

1) Amazing company
2) Being able to enjoy the night

We have a cozy fire pit in our backyard; mix up a pitcher of red wine and Coca-Cola, and enjoy the fireflies.