Well hello sweet friends!¬† I hope you have been well.
For the first time in four years, I took a real blog vacation for two weeks.¬† Wow, two weeks.¬† And it did this girl good!¬† I feel refreshed, thankful for the time with my family and full of new ideas.
Since I am just getting back into my groove and feel like I have so much to catch up with you all, I thought I would just have some fun and share some random thoughts.
Are your kids into Harry Potter at all? ¬† My Peanut got the full set of DVDs for her birthday and she is super excited.¬† But who knew that Harry Potter movies can be so crazy loud?¬† As I am trying to write in the office now all I hear are ‚Äúzooms‚Äù, ‚Äúzams‚Äù and explosions!
What is more soothing than a beach?¬† Okay, maybe a lake or mountains, but there is something about the sea air, sand in your toes and just relaxing.¬† I actually read three novels on vacation.¬† Actually, I lied, I am still half way through one of them.¬† None of them were especially good, but it was just so nice to just read with no goals or anything to learn.
And, yes, although my girls are grown, I still insist on the ‚Äúfeet‚Äù picture each year.¬† It‚Äôs my thing.
We decided to go back to the place where we originally had our family photos professionally taken, and then I retook them two years ago.
¬† We were able to get some really nice shots, but one of my top favorites is when Hubby and Sunshine photo bombed.
But what really kills me is this‚Ä¶
The first one‚Ä¶
The second one‚Ä¶
Hold me.¬† My baby is going to high school.¬† I am so incredibly aware of how many years are left with my girl.¬† I am so mixed and want to turn back time but so enjoy every bit of where she is now.¬† How is it possible?
Summers are my favorite.¬† I really hate when my kids go back to school.¬†¬† By the end, yes, I am ready to return to the routine of it all, but I love time together.¬† And I really love watching them together and their relationship.¬† I am not saying it is perfect or they don‚Äôt argue, because they surely do, but I love to see the bond that they have.
I have been their momma from day one, and yet I am still amazed at how much I still need to learn about being a Mom and about each of them.¬† I realized a few things about Peanut this trip that I hope will help me in parenting her.¬† It is always a journey.
And the last thing is a little housekeeping.
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