Ahh, Summer

My girls, husband, and I spent the last week visiting family in the North East. And I have to admit, there is nothing like an East Coast summer with its lush greenery, the summery "glow" that only a bit of humidity can bring, and fireworks displays to die for. 

It's amazing how alive the landscape is there, as compared to our arid California landscape this summer. Oh how the drought has taught us to value every drop of water! It was a sad day when we decided to stop watering the front lawn in an effort to conserve. With the crazy measures we've taken to save water, I never thought a blue bucket would become a dear friend ;-)

Above are a few pictures my mother-in-law took of her yard, where we spent our vacation, so lush and green, ahhhh. The girls were in heaven!

I took a short video of the wind blowing through a hydrangea bush, birds chirping, it was amazingly peaceful! As it's my first video for the blog, I hope it does my mother-in-law's slice of heaven justice. If not, I'll do better next time! 

With the inspiration of lush greenery in my head, I thought I'd share some landscapes that I'm wishing were in my own backyard.

Enjoy your summer!