Today marks back-to-school and back-to-work. Parents and children return from their vacation reluctantly, sporting golden tans developed over the course of a long, carefree summer, resigned to the fact that it's time to re-enter the world of responsibility and adhere to the structured schedules of school and work. No matter that this happens every year, the abrupt change in season never fails to prompt a cascade of shoulder shrugs.
As much as I enjoy fall after it arrives, I squeeze summer to the last drop. With 3 more weeks of summer left, there’s still time to take mini-breaks or day trips with your family during the beginning of the school year . If you can, try to schedule some special time to visit a favorite place that will give you that last hit of summer. These mini-vacations renew the spirit and help us keep our families united before the mad dash on fall activities, and they create memories of well-being for us to draw upon during the hectic months ahead.
For our last shot of summer, my family goes to the Oregon coast. We pick wild blackberries for pie, stroll through the antique malls and farmer's markets, and make delicious meals from local, fresh ingredients found at the farmer’s market. It's a lovely way to begin the fall with grace and ease.
My family's end-of-summer retreat, our home on the Oregon Coast.
Some of the many fresh offerings at a local farmer's market in Oregon.
Enjoying some wild blackberry pie!
Remember, summer doesn't officially end until September 22nd. So, enjoy every moment you have left!