Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bathing Suits and Rubber Rain Boots

It has been a summer of many seasons.  Unfortunately, none of them have been summer.  Last year, our summer was one of the best in the history of the world, if you are talking about weather.  This year....not so much.  One day we are sitting on the beach in our bathing suits enjoying a bit of summer and the next day we are trudging around in slickers and rubber rain boots.  It seems so foreign to read about record breaking heat and drought conditions in Texas while my yard here is a giant mud pit and it is below 65 degrees.
Evidence of an entire day of rain, and many trips in and out of the driveway in the truck.

When we get a rare taste of summer weather the beach is full of people walking on the sandbars, reading in their beach chairs, building sandcastles and soaking up the sun. 
The sun is shining, let's go for a sail.

The sun is shining, let's have the sandcastle contest!

The sun is shining, let's have our cousin party!

Everything seems so much more alive when the sun is shining.  Everyone is outside playing and visiting.....and smiling!  We are all happy people!  But we have had very few opportunities to be those happy people this summer.  Many of our days have been gray or overcast and lately they have been rainy.  In spite of the inclement weather, we still get out and about, that is why God invented slickers and rain boots!  Can't let a little rain get in the way of our activities.

It's raining, let's put on our boots and go visit Gigi!

It's raining, maybe we should go get some ice cream!

It's a rainy day, maybe we should ride around in the neighbor's mule and see what we can see!

We can't just sit at home and complain about the weather, we just have to go out and make the best of what we have.  With a little patience and some time, eventually the sun will come out again and all will be right in the world.  I do feel bad for the people who are only here for a short while.  I have been here since May and a week or two....or three of rain don't mean my time here is a bust.  If you are only here for a week or ten days and more than half of them are wet and rainy, your vacation might be ruined.  There is always ice cream and playing games with your family though, so put on that slicker and those boots and go jump in the puddles!

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