June is a super busy time of the year. I am looking at my calendar and I can see how fast it fills up, scary. The month of June is almost as packed and busy as the month of December. You will be invited to-- and host--numerous cook-outs. There are end-of-the-year-parties, graduation parties, summer parties and birthday parties.
When I look at my calendar starting this weekend, I can see that every weekend from now on are spoken for until we go to Sweden. That is kind of nuts.
Memorial Day Weekend is the start of the summer season here in the US. All the pools here in Reston will open up on Saturday. I can promise you that you will be able to smell some good bbq this weekend from almost every back yard in this country. Hopefully, you will taste some good grilled stuff as well!
Memorial Day kicks OFF the summer! And it “ends” on Labor Day Weekend in September.
And, then we have the new ash cloud over Iceland…
Poor people in Iceland! Another eruption! Another annoyance for a lot of people.
That ash cloud is-yet again-halting air traffic over Europe. It is so irritating, and so hard for people to deal with it. No, you cannot DO a thing about nature’s forces, but for a person with travel plans it is very stressful. I am not so stressed out over my own vacation (I hope the cloud is gone by the end of June, but you’ll never know, of course). But if I were to travel now I would be so TENSE. I hope this cloud will be “friendlier” than the one Eyjafjallajökul spewed out last year. Let’s hope so…
In the family, we have several birthdays in June, Karolina’s included. There will be many celebrations. In June there is also Father’s Day!
IN DC June is a true summer month weather wise, it is usually hot and the humidity has kicked in for the summer. One beautiful thing in June is the sight of fire flies, or lightning bugs, on a summer night. It is so pretty to see fire flies glisten in the dark, so magical. When you see them dance in the dusk over the golf course right after the sun has set it is as beautiful as a fairy tale.
An American phenomenon that I really love!!
A lot of people rent beach houses by the shore in the summertime. If you are from DC, and are renting, you are usually heading to Delaware or to Maryland. Some people travel out to the ocean every weekend, and it is a three hour drive from DC to the nearest beaches. But, it is a very popular pastime.
For kids, school age kids, the month of June also means start for camps. A lot of kids are signed up for different kind of camps all thru the summer. The camps fill up fast, and for the parents you have to act on it right after Christmas. If you don’t sign up your kids by then all the good camps will be sold out.
Luckily this has never been an issue for me, or Karolina. I take her with me to Camp Sweden and Camp Österbotten. And, there she can camp with all her Swedish cousins and friends. I think it is the best camp I can give her, and luckily for me she still LOVES those “camps”.
All right, June is almost upon us, and so is another long, hot summer…
All pics are from the web