Thirty Minutes in the Life {June 2014}

It is amazing how refreshing 30-minutes can be.  Thirty minutes of refreshment.  Thirty minutes of intention.  Thirty minutes to claim as ‘ours’. 

For some it’s a nap.
For others it’s silence.
For some it’s a sit-com. 
For others it’s ice cream.  (Or maybe that’s just me?)

For us?  It’s out there.  It’s nature.

It had been a really long week.  Chad’s work days stretched later than normal and when he wasn’t working, baseball took us away.  Earlier in the week the kids and I had attempted to venture into new territory–territory filled with rugged terrain, hills and valleys, and green plants of the variety I could not accurately identify.

(I’m nearly 36 years old and I still can’t pick out Poison Ivy in a line-up.)

After four days of can we go back there tonight?’s we finally made it happen.  Chad rolled in after his 14 hour work day and issued his, let’s go. 

The enthusiasm was undeniable for such a simple evening–of walking through a enchanted forest.

Thirty minutes was all it was.  We navigated the terrain while Chad pointed out the evil Ivy. 

Up and down we went, digging, exploring, discovering, and enjoying the simple gifts that nature so graciously offers.

And we quickly find that the gifts were worth waiting for.  The crazy week melted away and was replaced with that special gift nature so selflessly hands me. . .
. . . perspective.

Please take a moment to check out 30-Minutes in the life of the very talented New York Lifestyle Photographer at Polina Bulman Photography.

  • Polina Bulman - Summer, your colors are SO beautiful! I love the images with starburst and sun flares so much!!! This would be the dream location for my daughter, so I completely understand why your kids asked to go there again and again! 🙂June 30, 2014 – 2:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Karen Hunt Photography - Summer, These are gorgeous as always. It looks like a very fun adventure and the light is perfect!! June 30, 2014 – 5:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Mame Voelker - Summer, these took my breath away. The light is phenomenal and I just love how you chose to meter them. So beautiful!June 30, 2014 – 6:06 pmReplyCancel

  • Colleen P - What a magical adventure, Summer!! I am dyyyying over the photo of all 3 of your children climbing under the branch with the sunflare. WOW!!!June 30, 2014 – 9:16 pmReplyCancel

  • Cindy Cavanagh - it really is an enchanted forest, and I would visit often if I lived there… stunning as always. July 1, 2014 – 9:07 amReplyCancel

  • Sharleen - Great photo's Summer. I love that you get them out on adventures. It will give them such an appreciation for nature later in life. We used to do that all the time with our kids. I love the one with the sunflare behind your little one. July 1, 2014 – 12:47 pmReplyCancel

  • Stacey - These are beautiful Summer!! I love the sunflare ones!!! July 2, 2014 – 1:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi Burton - I always love your posts Summer! You do such lovely things as a family and are such an inspiration. Awesome job! xoJuly 2, 2014 – 6:11 pmReplyCancel