The beginning of school brings a change of seasons in this rollercoaster called life. My life, in particular. After almost 10 solid years of being home with small children (All! Day! Long!), suddenly, I am all alone*.
It sounds as if I’m sad and weepy or wishing for more babies (Let me be clear–THIS CONTAINS NO TRUTH WHATSOEVER), but I think it’s normal to grieve for the end of one season and at the same time, look expectantly for what’s to come in this new season. In any case, I’ve taken a break from blogging (you might have noticed) and I’m trying to figure out what’s next for me.
Ok, so that’s the deal with me.
Now, having said all that, this is part of what I’ve done the last 4 weeks…
This will be the only comment about the serious amount of neglect this blog has endured recently.
This summer has been so busy. Summers used to be these l…o…n…g periods of life that seemed to d…r…a…w out with no foreseeable end. But then, the kids grew up a little and became interested in other things. Horseback riding, art and soccer, to name a few summer camps they attended. That was this summer. We purposefully planned our vacation for the end of summer, so that we would have something to look forward to throughout the hot, heaviness of the season. It worked. We might have to do the same thing next summer. It seems to help the insanity.
This is where we went (about a month ago)–
Very relaxing, yes. Except for when we were hiking and we’d come upon a stick that looked EXACTLY like a snake. And there were quite a few sticks that would fall under that category. And so, I present to you: “Sticks That Look Like Snakes”. Observe:
Trust me when I say that there were a bucket load more of these “snakes” (and pictures! See? I was thinking of you while on vacation!). Ugh. But we never saw an actual snake. Just lots of sticks. And rocks. And a few stinkbugs. Luke “made friends” with a stinkbug and named him “Sammy”. My boy cried and cried when he had to leave him. I think Sammy was relieved to see us go.
An entire week of spontaneous camping, hiking and tomfoolery (and rain and bugs and chipmunks and cool weather). Oh yes, vacations are worth all the anticipation. Very good.