Reflections on summer and the passing of time

“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present”.  – Bill Keane

Once again, I am in disbelief as to how fast this year has come and gone. There are only two weeks left of school and my kids will be out for summer. The weather has been incredible with brilliant blue skies, warm sunshine and lots of blossoming fragrant trees. My garden is in full bloom and I’m finding it difficult to concentrate or remain indoors.

I realized last night while walking down to Lake Harriet, my favorite urban lake in Southwest Minneapolis, that as my son is reaching a milestone so am I. I began this blog when he was in kindergarten and now after five and a half years I am still blogging and he is heading to middle school already. I have been feeling rather emotional about it all. My son who is eleven is already almost as tall as me and is past the half way point of his childhood. In only four years, he will be able to start driving and in seven years he will be off to college. Meanwhile, my little girl is not so little anymore. She is nine and next year will be a fourth grader already. It never ceases to amaze me how fast time goes. Too fast. Which is why there is no better time than the present to embrace my time with my children and enjoy being with them as much as I can over the next few months and years.

I leave this post with a few reflective photos and quotes. I am bound to be outside a lot taking photos of our amazing summer here in Minnesota. I’m looking forward to enjoying it as much as I possibly can.

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces”. – George Santayana

Lake Harriet, Minneapolis Minnesota

“Families are ecosystems. Each life grows in response to the lives around it.” – Mary Schmich

Lake Harriet, Minneapolis Minnesota

“Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.” – John Ruskin

Lake Harriet, Minneapolis Minnesota

“Family: Like branches in a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.” – unknown

Lake Harriet, Minneapolis Minnesota

I look forward to the new memories we will create this summer, and our summer family vacation to northern Minnesota in June. Our puppy, Winter, who is now three months old will be joining us too. It is certain to be quite the adventure.


  1. Yes, summer is here– maybe not on the calendar, but today it’s summer! We’ll be doing some camping, hiking and backpacking along the way. You may read about some of it on my blog. 😉 And, I may bump into you sometime at Lake Harriet! Enjoy!

  2. What a lovely and melancholic post Nicole. I feel much like you, my two children are growing up and time just seems to be going so fast. My daughter is 18 and on the verge of starting a new journey in life, my son is 15 and in middle school next year.
    But I love the quote Family: Like branches in a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.” Reminds me that where ever we are we’re all still connected and close.
    Enjoy the sunshine and the blossoming fragrant trees Nicole and your gorgeous puppy! 🙂

  3. soak up every minute with them Nicole. Life zooms by and before you know it they are grown. Of course then you can stand back and look at them in amazement and say ” I had a part in creating t5hese wonderful adults. ” Happy summer!

  4. You live in a beautiful part of the world Nicole. As southerners who enjoy camping, we’ve spent a few weeks each summer in and around Minnesota and loved it. Your sunset photos are wonderful. In all my years of taking photographs I’ve probably lucked into about 2 good sunset photos – and it vexes me. And BTW, to the theme of your post I would add some lyrics from a Bonnie Raitt tune: “Life gets mighty precious when there’s less of it to waste.” Have a great Memorial Day. ~James

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