I used to write so regularly; how did life get so.darn.busy? I think back on how people would say it "gets easier" when the kids get older. I don't really think so. It just gets different. I live in my car, during the "school year" Lots of dance classes, Scouts, church and more make for very busy happy and engaged kids. There is Rob to get to and from the train station, and Fiona and Chet are in the mix as well.
So I am very grateful for summer. For the chance for the routine to change. It has still been busy but in different ways. Evenings at a friends pool or the lake, a BBQ at our house on the 4th of July, and a BBQ at a friends house 2 days earlier. There have been sleepovers and silliness. There has also been time to read a book aloud together and Lissa and I are reading a series called The Last Dogs. It is sort of a dystopian novel for the tween set. Lissa is a huge animal lover and we are all ready on the second book. She will literally listen to this series until all I can do is whisper because my voice has grown so tired! All my kids can and do read on their own, of course. But there is something special about sharing a book together, snuggling as we read and wondering aloud what will happen next.
We are not camping as much this year as we are trying to save enough money for a month long trip across the US next July. I so hope we attain this goal. It will definately be a memory making experience for all of us.
KC is volunteering at the library again this summer and both kids have dance camp coming up next week as well. Thank goodness for dance camp as KC in particular goes into withdrawals when he is away too long from the studio.
Tomorrow evening we will work at our church helping to set up the food pantry the following day. This is something we have long wanted to assist with but can't when dance class is in session as the times conflict. So tomorrow we will have a chance to tangibly reach out and help others. While we always support the food pantry with donations, being part of the work is also very important.