Summertime Snacks & Summertime Memories

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When I was a kid, we had a large swimming pool, and that’s where we would spend most of our summer days.

We were all fairly close in age and I know we must have eventually gotten old enough to fix our own snacks, but I fondly recall my mom’s voice calling out the screen door – “Snack time!” The thing is, swimming creates a hunger! For me, summer does in general. I think it’s because I remember being active and hot and getting intense snack cravings after hours at the poolside. When you have five kids, you find something everyone will love to eat. Enter pretzels and potato chips.

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Fast forward to now.

One of the most magical places we go to in July is the family’s beach house in Cape Cod. My father-in-law built it decades ago, and has kept up this four bedroom, two bathroom wonder for all this time. It’s only improved in style and design, but the general classic “beachiness” about it stays intact. Truro is probably the quietest part of Cape Cod, but it’s near all the action and delight of Provincetown. When we go, I’m actively aware that we’re creating similar summer memories for our kids to the ones we have had. It’s place of safety and excitement, comfort and wonder, and all of the summer delights of a perfect beach house experience. I love raising the kids to know this as a place they can go to answer the calls of summer.

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Cassidy introduced me to the house when we were dating the 2nd time. Before kids we’d go there to get away, or even to fight morning sickness in a remote, beachy place. Now that we have kids, it’s even better. I love the gravel road, the hammock, the wraparound deck, the outdoor shower, the cool breezes, the swimsuits hanging to dry, and the people coming and going all day long. I love that we carve out our spaces of summer happiness – sometimes apart, and mostly together.

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From home to beach to home to market and then back home again, it’s a true vacation. One of my favorite summer vacation rituals, both from when I was a child, and now as a mama, is when we go grocery shopping for the beach house. Why is this such fun? It just is! It’s the food you’re going to use to energize your trip and your many beach days. It’s about satisfying everyone’s snack cravings with great snack products. It’s about finding something that everyone loves.

Summer memories are built around campfires, in beach houses, in the sand, and around yummy crunches of summer snacks.

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For us, it’s Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels and Cape Cod® Potato Chips! All of my favorite summer stories feature these snacks. I can remember so clearly that time of day in mid-afternoon when it’s all about snacks to share. Everyone loves pretzels and potato chips, and we all find different dips and hummus flavors to enjoy with them.

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Summer vacations come and go, but some traditions stay the same every year. And that’s those moments of beach waves and summer snacks with family and friends. Our favorite snacks are great tasting products made from simple, high quality ingredients. You know you can never go wrong, and I love that they offer limitless opportunities for summer snacking. You can enjoy them with family and friends all summer long! Everyone has a favorite summer snack.

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Enjoy!

La la How the Life Goes On

If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, just Google the lyrics to “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and then you’ll know!

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Actually, you might not know. Sometimes I don’t even know. The Finish the Sentence Friday prompt this week is, “Hey, June” to the tune of “Hey, Jude” and there are all sorts of similarities between Beatles lyrics and what happens in June.

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June is the month he was born in, and June is when he will turn five. FIVE. God, that feels so close and so far.

In May, I wrote about how Scarlet got her name and someone asked me to write the same for Des. Of course, I have written it down more than once, but there’s no time like the present. I love to tell people his name – Desmond. Des. Desi. Baby Bear. Noodles. Peter. He answers to all of that. He actually has a friend at school named Peter and I joke about having the real Peter over for a playdate and calling them both Peter. “Peter. No, not you. Peter. Other Peter. Peter, over here!” I’ll be darned if I could tell you why I call him Peter. In fact, Scarlet and the cat both answer to Peter, but the dog does not.

If you’re looking for a story about The Constant and the Archbishop, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re wondering about hunky men on LOST islands, anxiety, “Hey Lucy, I’m home” and finding your grounding, binding, connecting Constant..

..consider me your girl. If you believe in that whole possession thing. I do. And so begins this story:

Desmond is a name we had thought about for Scarlet before we found out she was a girl at 20 weeks. We had thought of Scarlet before there was even an engagement ring, so trust me on this, we pretty much knew she wasn’t to be a Desmond before the ultrasound technician told us so. Desmond is a strong name. It’s not weird but can you say you’ve ever met one?? I know they’re out there but I hadn’t had the pleasure myself until I met my own Desmond. He is such a Desmond to us.

Desmond has a few meanings. Some sources say it means, “man of the world.” Some say it means, “man from south Munstor.” The gaelic meaning is “gracious defender.” The one baby book I bought says it means, “of universe and heavens.”

Cassidy and I are big fans of the show Lost. Cassidy got into it years before me and eventually we settled down to watch every previous episode ever during one particularly long and hard winter. It’s no secret that I fell in love with the character, Desmond Hume. Cassidy also loves Desmond. Nearly every tear I shed during that show was because of the love story between Desmond and Penny. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing a love story I related more to. Our wedding was even slightly Lost themed, as well as moose and wolf and music themed. For our wedding program, Cassidy made a fake Playbill and we called it “Love” using the Lost logo. We had Dharma-themed props on the wedding tables. The character of Desmond was used in our program. Years ago, Cassidy gave me a t-shirt that said, “Desmond Is My Constant.” Little did I know how true that would one day be. On our wedding ketubah, Cassidy’s brother Sam wrote to us: “Be each other’s constant.”

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“The Constant” is probably my favorite episode of Lost. In it, Desmond jumps between two time frames and is able to make contact with his “constant” – Penny, a lost love who has been searching for him for three years. It’s kinda..spectacular. In the show and in other time travel themed literature, there is the concept of the constant. The constant is something or someone that is present in both timelines. It has to be something you sincerely care about and something you can recognize. Without your constant, and without something solid to attach your mind to, your brain can short-circuit during time travel.

It’s no secret that when I was pregnant with Desmond, I started experiencing some pretty bad anxiety. I was never close to exploring the medication option, partly because I was pregnant and wouldn’t do that, but mainly because there are so many avenues to explore before drugs – yoga, exercise, counseling, etc. I started speaking with a very powerful counselor who offered a lot of support but I’m proud to say I did a lot of the healing work myself. She and I spoke about “constants” – people or places or things to focus on to pull you back from an anxiety episode and to ground you and calm you. I found this to be no coincidence that as we were searching for a baby name, we were talking about real life constants. It doesn’t just exist in time travel. It’s very real. It’s about something solid to attach yourself to, before you lose yourself. There is a way.

My Desmond truly was my constant during my pregnancy because I wanted to stay calm and healthy for him.

Sometime during or after this intense healing, I started writing the love story of how I met Cassidy. I felt so many similarities to the story of Desmond and Penny. Although we didn’t actually time travel, we really did in figurative ways. We had time gaps and places and feelings to revisit, and places and feelings to start anew. At that time, we both agreed simultaneously that we hadn’t found a baby boy name we liked more than Desmond. There weren’t really huge discussions on this. We were pretty magically on the same page with baby names. Always. Maybe a day or two after we had settled on the name, with the agreement that if something more powerful came along, we would use it – another cool Desmond theme came up.

An amazing quote from Desmond Tutu started circulating on Facebook: “I can’t for the life of me imagine that God will say, ‘I will punish you because you are black, you should have been white; I will punish you because you are a woman, you should have been a man; I will punish you because you are homosexual, you ought to have been heterosexual.’ I can’t for the life of me believe that is how God sees things.” –The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop of Cape Town.

And the song “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da” about Desmond and Molly Jones, was playing at odd times.

And that’s how it came together. Flawlessly. Spiritually. Fully. We knew then and we know now we created a true Desmond. He’s “The Constant.” He’s “The Bishop.” As for his middle name, Blaze, Cassidy suggested it for a first or middle name before Desmond was settled on. We were married by a dear friend, Blase, and I do think of Desmond’s middle name as somewhat of a tribute to him and how awesome he is. He’s a true gift. I think Cassidy and I also love how it sounds.

And Desmond did come blazing into this world.

I’m linking up with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “Hey, June..” You can link up HERE.

How does June make you better, or you make June better? Do you love the Beatles?