Summer Status: The Upstate Days (In Photographs)

We’ve spent the last few days upstate, getting to know the house. For me, it has also been a time to finalize some design decisions, and do little renovation projects or additions that I can manage. Actually, if I had to truly name what I’ve been doing, they’re just TLC projects; hooking up a dehumidifier in the basement, showing the pest guy around the attic (and being utterly terrified by it but also inspired!). Days have gone slow and so very fast. My camera remains in arms reach, but I end up using my phone. The sky is beautiful at night. The house is stunningly quiet in the morning. The kids are tanned, their hair is matted from consistent endless swimming. Rabbit meals are consumed by the dozen and of course, there are tough hours and arguments, and hours where work feels stacked high for the day. 

I am learning and leaning into the silence, although these days aren’t at all quiet. In my head, Black nature poems are spoken on repeat. I am doing the work in so many ways. Last weekend, my friends came from the city to celebrate my birthday and learn about the house. There was dinner, sparklers, and cake. Most of all, I got to re-energize this space with the ideals in which it was purchased. 

Here are some photographs of our days, if you care to see:

The night we celebrated my birthday was so magical, mostly because of all the beautiful things my friend hauled from the city that made it so.

There’s been a lot of swimming to pass the time, outside yard days digging, running and planning.

With slower (and faster days), there’s a lot I’m noticing about myself, my children, their play habits, my work habits, and our family flow. Here, my sounds and words are clear, and what I’m doing within the hours are clear too. 

The kids are going wild, as I suspect city kids often do in the country. Their sandy toes and utter excitement with seeing basic things is a wonder.

How are you spending your summer days? Are you taking more photographs or less?

9 thoughts on “Summer Status: The Upstate Days (In Photographs)

  • Reply Ceridwen July 23, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    I love this so much. Love your photos and the joy they capture.

    • Reply latonya July 23, 2021 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Leslie-Anne July 24, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Just beautiful. The memories you are making with your kids will stay with them forever.

  • Reply Clare July 24, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Beautiful, magical time and space. Lasting memories for sure. Prompting reflection and potential changes. Thank you x

    • Reply latonya July 26, 2021 at 10:14 am

      yes 🤎🤎

  • Reply Jay July 24, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    So beautifully written.

    • Reply latonya July 26, 2021 at 10:14 am

      thank you, Jay

  • Reply Lisa July 26, 2021 at 4:04 am

    Your blog is a tonic – thank you! Just beautiful.

    • Reply latonya July 26, 2021 at 10:14 am

      such a sweet comment. many hands make good work 🤎🤎

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