Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Views From My Chair

Summer weekends.

We love 'em!  We live for them.

And this is my favorite spot.

With the intense summer heat starting its annual oppression...we really enjoy our Sunday the pool or the lake.

It's a ritual in our house that begins with Saturday evening Mass, sleeping in on Sunday morning, followed by  a big Sunday morning breakfast.

Then it is in our swimming suits and  out the door  by 9:30am.

At that time of the day, the temps are a comfy low (90) with little humidity and the pool is usually almost empty and quiet.

I love to quietly watch them from my perch.

I try to imagine what they are imagining or pretending to be.  Remember what it was like to be that age?  Come on...raise your hand if you ever thought you'd make a gold medal contender in synchronized swimming...or you really were a mermaid in another life?!  Raise 'em high!  Don't be shy.

This past Sunday they were hooked on a game of water Frisbee...something that is more fun when Dad can play with them.

Inevitably...someone always gets clocked and we have tears.

This time Stan's amazing aim made impact with Mabel's ear.  

Far off into a quiet corner of the pool, I can watch a group of seniors who meet to have their own water-cise  class.   Every morning.

I'm really impressed.  These ladies will run in place for 1 hour.  You go girls!

This is the summer moment I dream about in March and April when school just seems to be dragging and dragging.  This is the summer that brings great views from my chair.

Of course we cannot forget the launch.

And Dad always has to up the anty...this time, going for a double ringer.

Summer Sundays are the heartbeat to our week.  Because if you are like! those weekdays can be darn right mind boggling!

And our breakfast this week....

Blueberry French Toast Bake

(I originally got this recipe at Catholic Cuisine, but tweaked it a little bit.)

12 pieces of day old French bread, cubed
5 eggs
2 1/2 c milk
1 1/4 c packed brown sugar, divided
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 c chopped pecans
1/4 c butter, melted
2 c fresh or frozen blueberries

1.  Arrange bread in a greased 13" x 9" baking dish.  In a bowl, combine the eggs, milk, 3/4 c brown sugar, vanilla and nutmeg; pour over bread.  Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

2.  Remove from the refrigerator 30 min's before baking.  Sprinkle pecans over egg mixture.  Combine butter and remaining sugar; drizzle over the top.  Bake, uncovered at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes.  Sprinkle with blueberries.  Bake 10 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.


Hope you are enjoying your summer sunshine!

~  Patty  ~


  1. Sounds like a great Sunday! The breakfast looks amazing :)

  2. Jen, this is a delicious breakfast! And you make it the night easy is that?!

  3. Lovely photos and gorgeous weather. :)

  4. Love the view from your chair! Can't wait to try that breakfast. Yummmm

  5. I love summer fun! Great view. You know we are going to try that French Toast. :)

  6. YUM! My daughter just asked what's for dinner...should have looked at your blog about an hour ago!

    Keep on enjoying the care free days of summer! :-)

  7. what a wonderful summer sunday tradition. the breakfast looks delicious. and all the pictures are great.

  8. Great action shots from your chair! My favorite is Stan on Sally's shoulders. Oh yes, I admit that I DID dream of being a synchronized swimmer:D Thanks for another great recipe...Did I tell you my family LOOOOOOVEd that pulled pork?

  9. I LOVE this post Patty. I am living vicariously through your summer. Did I spell that right? The girls are just gorgeous and Stan the man, well he is just growing like a weed amongst the flowers. Happy Summer Momma!!! (But still buy school supplies this month, even if you are on break:)

  10. You mean I'm not the only one who pretended to be a gold medal contender in synchronized swimming? :D
    What a wonderful Sunday morning routine!


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