my vacation last week was awesome! when we got back someone (jeannett, i think?) asked if it was the kind of vacation where at the end you’re ready to be home. my answer was no. it wasn’t. we could have stayed there, easily, another week – if it weren’t for the renters coming in after us, oh and reality… work for sean, commitments, etc. but it was wonderful to be gone and have so much time as a family.
it was 105 in fresno!
here’s an idea of how hot it was: gracie needed to pee, of course when no rest stop in sight, so we pull off to the side of the road and have her squat. by the time she was back in the car, the puddle was no more! then we had to stop in fresno with a fussy baby. we went in a babies r’ us for the air conditioning and kid friendly environment. then back on the road to bass lake for another hour.
my parent’s were very helpful, too. they had to work a couple of the days, but were home a lot with us. we had a good balance of family alone time and time relaxing with my parents. my mom and i got a few hours to work on their plans for a loft above our garage – i can’t wait for the day they get started on that project! sean did end up having to work at least a full day, but i can’t really complain too much!
this time was so good for us to reconnect. i was able to sit back (in the shade with silas) and watch sean love on his girls. they wanted to swim with him so much. gracie got so brave that week and started jumping off the dock by herself, with no one to catch her, and swam back to shore (with water wings on). i was so proud of her for being so independent with that. she usually is much more timid to do stuff like that. lily also loved the water wings, and she’d just dive into the water over and over, especially in the hot tub.
we saw a huge colony of ladybugs. gracie was in heaven!
we left saturday morning and stopped at lake san antonio for the church campout. so much fun! we only stayed until about 9:30 at night (no room for camping stuff in our car!), then headed home. we definitely plan to go for the entire campout next year, it was great! we finished off our vacation on sunday by unpacking, settling back into routine, and prepping for the week ahead of us. getting back to reality can be so hard, but the memories of our time together last week are sooo good! i really was able to cherish my family and fall back in love with them. i have been refreshed and look forward to the days ahead of me.
ps – as reminded by denise in her comment, my dad, brother, sean and chad all played a little game with airsoft guns. sean hit my dad between the eyes, leaving an open wound, then he got my brother in the mouth and broke his teeth! oops! next time, i vote for mandatory face masks.