ordinary days....a fun summer

When people ask me how's your summer going, I say wonderful.

When I hear where are you going this summer, I simply say that we're staying home.

Home. It's a nice word.

We have no grand plans of traveling this year. We have no scheduled vacations. Our summer has been spent staying close to home and doing a lot of...nothing really. We have made some wonderful meals complete with name place cards, have had lots of family and friends over for dinner and playing outside. Catching frogs from our yard has been a highlight many nights.

New baby Clairvaux made her debut to our home at only one week old! How very precious she is. Life is a miracle. We had 15 children running around between our three families.

I'm not a good traveler. The thought of packing, unpacking, planning, riding for hours in a car all make me shiver. And staying in a hotel....well, I'd rather not talk about it. It's not that the kids are unusually difficult....no it's me. It's funny to me because when I was young and competing in gymnastics, we travelled all the time. My first trip was when we drove to South Dakota I think, for a gym meet. I was 9 years old. By myself. By the time I was in 9th grade I had been to Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Missouri, and Iowa, all for gym meets. Flying was fun. I am now terrified to fly.

I was talking with Lindsay's mom, Damaris, the other night. She told us how her mother had 13 children. They had one car. They did not go many places. No one did back then, she said. You stayed at home.

Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see other parts of the world, just not now. Not with small children. One day, yes. But for now, this little nook we live in is just fine.

Uncle Jarod and Aunt Laura offered to have Thomas and Annie come and stay with them for a weekend. They has so much fun. They spent two days swimming, playing and going to a county fair. They will always remember that weekend. Thank you L-O and Jarod.
We've made it a family event each week to watch Thomas play on his first baseball team. Between the Boever's and us, we have by far the biggest cheering section.

The biggest fan of them all. He comes dressed in full gear. Helmet, baseball gloves, bat, ball, and Thomas's old Yankee's jersey. We think he honestly thinks he will get to play each week.

Losing teeth this summer has been a big event. The tooth fairy must be working overtime though, seeing as she forgot to visit us one night. How could she forget?? Maybe she's been staying up too late blogging....

As summer's end is approaching, I realize that there are many things I had wanted to do with my children, but did not get to. The older I get and the more children we have I'm learning that it's not so much what we do or where we go. What is important is that we are together and are enjoying each other as we make memories. I hope they will remember the love we gave them, and the abundant food, family, friends and fun that filled our home.


Jenn said...

Oh Kristi, I just love you...your words speak so much, more than you know!
You are such a blessing and a dear friend!

Anonymous said...

Lindsay looks radiant. I have GOT to see pictures of that baby soon.

You are right about staying close to home being just right. I don't love packing or travelling either...but here we are away from home for over two weeks and it is just so great to be away from "normal." It reminds me that I always over-stress about all the logistics because it all ends up being just fine. Tiring, for sure. But worth it.

Here's to making memories - home or away.

(My boys would be so jealous if they knew you go frog catching whenever you want.)

fullofgracex7 said...

I absolutely love that George is all geared up, literally, at Thomas's ball games!

Aubrey said...

I love it that when only three friends get together, there are fifteen children present! What a beautiful testament to the joy of life!