Saturday, July 9, 2011

Brace Yourself, I'm Really Freakin' Happy

You might not get an overwhelming number of posts from me about how gosh darn fantastic life is, not because it isn't, but more because I'm not designed for an outpouring of that much optimism all the time...especially during the grind of daily life with my three children at home.

I also like to vent and release in this space where my sarcasm can make me feel better and your "me-too's" cure my loneliness. 

But today?  Well, today was just about as good as it gets for me and other than the absence of my love. (Alex, just to be clear) I pretty much never want to leave summer in Indiana.

Yesterday's high was 82 people.  Eighty-freakin-two!  Can I try to describe how life altering it is to not sweat when I simply walk 30 feet in the sunshine?  It changes everything.

My kids know it's different too.  They've been different.  It's hard to articulate the exact emotion they have been feeling, I see it so rarely in them.  I think, but I can't be sure, but it might be....


The boys are so confused by all the wonderful roaming around here that they have completely forgotten that they are supposed to be fighting non stop and bitching to me about, well, everything that isn't going exactly as they think it should.  I think they've even forgotten to not cooperate, they've been awesome.

I have watched my boys run outside with pure joy from 8:30 am until 8:30 pm.Amazing.

The neighborhood here is filled with little boys for Aiden and Cole to play with and yards without fences that allow them to roam in freedom. They can explore different places and find a friend along the way.

There are woods for them to hike through and discover.  The path leads to a creek for throwing rocks and stomping in knee high water.  The opportunities for little boy fun abound.

My father has filled their stalled moments with tractor rides (for Stella too), setting traps for chipmunks, watching chipmunks run free when set loose, slip n'slides, tennis lessons, and long discussions about insects and shucking corn.

He even lets Stella climb all over the gazebo and explore...well, anything she wants to and she loves it.

All three kids are eating mass quantities of food.  There is something so very satisfying about seeing them devour salmon, corn, green beans, all the berries they can get their hands on then washing it down with huge glasses of ice cold milk.

Even Stella will lay down in the heavenly grass that is here.  It's soft and bright green and so unlike the straw we have at home.  Even on it's best days, Texas grass is prickly and uncomfortable.  I want to roll up all the grass here and take it home for my children to enjoy, to play in, to roll in without fear of fire ants and even do crazy things like walk in it....without any shoes.

This is where an adorable photo of Stella being walked by my father through their backyard would be inserted if I could find the appropriate cord, but fear it might be in Texas. 

It isn't just the kids though.  Things are just easy here.  Life flows freely and without discomfort. I want to permanently live in summer vacation in Indiana....someone please tell me how this could be so.

This morning I went for a run at 11 and didn't even vomit or pass out from heat exhaustion.  I was so confused by how fit I was that I felt the need to do push ups and sit ups to "challenge" myself.  I'll clearly drunk on joy.

I went to out for Starbucks and some shopping with my life long best friend, Alissa and just enjoyed being able to get away for a few hours together without an intricately planned and expensive vacation to one another's home. There is nothing like being so comfortable, so free with a life long friend.  The love runs deep and the joy of just hanging out is unmatched. 

As an extra bonus I ran into a friend from my sorority back in the Purdue days.  She is oh so funny and wonderful to be around, I was elated to see her and her sweet family.

I never run into sorority sisters from Purdue around Austin, which is just mean.  Thank you Indianapolis.

I even found a bargain of a dress for my upcoming family portrait. 

To add to the magic around here, I won a blog giveaway today on Pink Stitches which I was able to enter in multiple ways because I had someone else entertaining my kids for a while on Friday.  I never win!  It was thrilling. 

To see what I won click here.  It's pretty fun.

I loved the stuff on the Etsy store that I even ordered these vintage inspired hair pins which I am fairly confident will turn my hair into the most amazing thing people have seen since JLo if I can just stay in Indiana long enough for the magic to work into my locks.

The best event so far?  The Costco here carried the amazingly delicious ice cream sandwiches that I haven't been able to find for over a year in Texas.  They've probably been forced to discontinue them there because no one can get them home from the store without melting.

Life is just better below 90 degrees. 

How am I going to convince Alex to move here?  Brainstorm people.

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Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

What is it he does in Austin ?~! Is that skill transferrable to Indiana ? How close to your mom will you be comfy with? Would you ever consider Northern Cali ?!~ I know I haven’t known you long, I fall in love easily.

Have a good vacay; I’m a tad jealous.

Dwija {House Unseen} said...

You must, Leslie! You simply must. Even with the crazy winter that was so crazy that one day was minus 17, this midwestern life IS different. It just is.

How can a day last 100 hours? How can happy be a way of life? How can gorgeous lakes be right down the road and not be packed and have shade and be crystal clear and your kids swim in them and you don't even want to cry from how horribly hot it is because it's not? I thought it wouldn't be true, but it IS! It is. Tell your hubby to call me, a former Texan now living here and I will tell him to move faster than his little legs will carry him!


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Lorilynne said...

It sounds heavenly, especially since as I type this in Florida it is 9 am and just about 90 degrees...I don't even want to know what the humidity level is but I'd be willing to bet super close to 10000000%.

Shannon Marie said...

I always hated Indiana and thought it was the worst, most backass place to grow up. Now I would cut off my arm to be able to live there again. We are just 2-1/2 hours south of Indy in Louisville but it's consistently 5+ degrees hotter here at all times. Heat advisory for today, for example. Cheers to your Indy Renaissance.

Prudently Painted Vintage said...

Sure Leslie just rub it in. Don't worry about the fact that when I finished my run yesterday I looked like I had just jumped in a pool and it took me over an hour in air conditioning to feel normal again. I'm really jealous right now.

My mom lives in Michigan and we aren't able to go this summer. I would kill (like maybe a spider or small rodent. Not an actual person. That would be crazy) to go there. I always joke with her that if I came to visit she would never see me because I would be running outside the whole time.

Please enjoy every second away from the inferno we call home. While you're at it enjoy it for me too :)

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Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

That really was a freakin' happy post. I'm sure you husband will consent to the move if you make him read this post once a day.

I grew up in Iowa, which is by Indiana, kind of. It was beautiful there, very green, and you didn't have to water your lawns. But I'm in Utah now. I don't think I could go back. I would miss the mountains!

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ALI said...

Glad you are having a great trip back home & that things are going so well...

I hated growing up in Michigan, but now being just outside Chicago with a child, I love it. He gets to experience so much & I love driving to visit the parentals as I don't have to work so hard to parent. My son thrives in the attention poured on him by his grandparents.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That sounds like a pretty perfect summer to me. We had a freak day with beautiful temps and no humidity here last week. It was amazing how much more cheerful I was!!