Summer Confession.

Confession: All week I've been feeling pretty sorry for myself.  I've been impatient and the children have been snippy.  We've got serious cabin fever.  I've been having thoughts like "If we could just have a change of pace, things would be better." "We need to get out of town, then everyone would be happy." My personal pathetic favorite: "These kids aren't experiencing enough! They need to see more, do more."

And then something magical happened.  This afternoon after we got home from the pool all of the children were in the living room.  Reading books, pawing through the new American Girl catalog, playing with dolls.  They were being kind to each other.  No sniping, no fighting.  I realized then that while vacations are wonderful (and we look forward to a couple of adventures soon) these quiet moments, the moments in our own cozy brick house, are sure to be the most enjoyable of our summer.  

And the best part?  They don't cost a thing.


  1. I agree, those moments at home where everyone is enjoying eachothers company....those are the most magical of all.

    p.s. now I'm wondering why the new American Girl catalog didn't come to my house? Hmmm...

  2. It's hard not to get caught up in the endless game of "the grass is always greener..." What a treat to enjoy where you are.

  3. Love it! Sometimes I have to remind myself just to stay home and have quiet days playing with my kids.

  4. great confession.
    and you're right.
    i've learned that lesson big this year, as it's been daisy's busiest summer ever. gotta feeling there'll be way more summers like this in the future. so i'm appreciating more now the quiet moments when they come. as they're not as frequent as they once were. =)
    have a great rest of the week!

  5. It's the ordinary moments, that memories are made of. Thanks Danyelle.

  6. I completely hear & know where you are coming from! I say that same thing about wishing the boys could see & do more, & I blame myself for that; however, you are absolutely right. As long as we are happy with each other right where we are at...things are a lot sunnier!

  7. You know what is really sad is that kids don't get opportunities to get out and explore in their own community like I did when I was a kid. We would take off on our bikes and be gone all day. Head to the river or a pond and catch pollywogs, ride up to the dunes and look for horned toads. Ride down to the store and buy penny candy or a slurpy. Shoot bb guns. Ride our bike to the park. We were carefree and we were not under our mom's skin all the time.

  8. This summer has been the most uneventful that we've had in a long time. And I have to say that I have loved it! I worried a lot about the kids being bored, and boredom leading to more fighting... But I have been pleasantly surprised to see that they have played together so much more, they have read more, they have been more creative with their time and imaginations.

    And the best part, for once I don't feel like I have to be the "Activities Commitee" always on the lookout for the next big thing to do. And it has been fantastic!

    You just reminded me that the new American Girl catalog is still sitting in my van. Hannah will be thrilled!

  9. i'm so feeling this.
    i have a hard time not listening to the "get out of town" part of myself. as you know. and just be content with what we have here. hopefully your summer plans include us. tomorrow maybe?
    love, lin

  10. I loved this post. And I can totally relate to your feelings. I do that same thing too. Easton is getting so much older a grown-up boy instead of the little boy I remember. He is the perfect mix of you and Ryan. Sweet boy.

  11. I love this post. The story is so inspiring. That is a good way to enjoy summer without any money to spend. And that makes the family bonding stronger.


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