This has been one of “those” weeks. As you can see, I didn’t even get to this week’s Field Trip Friday post, so we’ll save it for next week. Instead you get pictures from our camping trip this weekend.
Some sad things and pretty tender feelings around here this week. Not things that happened to me personally, but to some people I care about. Also, my sister-in-law came to visit, which turned out to be a God-send. She was such a blessing and a help. I’m grateful for those tender mercies. And it was fun to stay up late and talk with her about young love and watch So You Think You Can Dance. 🙂
It’s a state holiday in Utah this weekend – Pioneer Day – hence the camping trip. I have to admit, I’m not a huge camping fan. So much work and preparation to go and get dirty and not get a lot of sleep. Then you get to bring home cranky, dirty kids and a lot of laundry. [That’s the bad attitude part.] But once we were there it was such a good thing. First of all, it was gorgeous. Second, it is so good to be able to be with the kids with no distractions. No cell phones, TV, computer, email, etc. I was reminded THAT is why we do this. The opportunity to fully focus my life on what is most important, without all the distractions.
As the summer is fast flying by, I find myself getting more and more tired and longing for a little more structure. (Not to mention a tiny bit of solitude once in a while.) But at the same time, I don’t want to waste it or wish it away. While this week has been emotional, it has also helped to remind me what matters most and to do better about Living in the Moment and not rushing through this time of having my kids around me. And please forgive me if I’m a little slower responding to emails or visiting blogs for a few more weeks.
I am pretty sure I’m not alone in this. Best of luck in your own summer-time crazy balancing act.
And thank goodness for portable hexagons.
P.S. We camped at Payson Lake in Utah. Fortunately the night before we got there, they caught the bear that had been spotted in the vicinity. Really.
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