a trip home

the kids and i headed up to my parents’ house late sunday night. we joined 3 other families here, 3 families that my dad has grown up with, so now i have, too. since before i can remember, we have taken the last week of july/1st week of august and vacationed here at bass lake, even before we lived here full time. in more recent years we have also met at lake arrowhead and newport beach.

even though i am without my sweet husband this week, it has been very relaxing for me. there are basically 5 grandparents other than my own parents who have been extremely helpful with all my kids, since they are the littlest by far. it has been such a blessing! i love that my kids get to bond not only with my parents, but also with folks who i’ve known since i was my own kids age.
we’ve spent a lot of time here in the water, on the beach, around the table doing crafts or eating, or just lounging in general. we head home tomorrow after a pancake breakfast (yum!), to a super messy house (due to a chaotic rush out the door) and guests arriving only a few hours after i get home! luckily our visiting friends are as close as family, so a mess won’t shock them.

today i am thankful for:
good friends
a great family
a wonderful husband that is greatly missed



  1. 1

    the house looks so great and what a fun time! how great for you and the kids. sorry sean couldn’t join you. we’ve been vacationing up the coast as well this week. we go home tomorrow, too. miss you!

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    by the way, crash is me, joy. i forgot to log-in under my name. oops!

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    Lisa Leonard says:

    so glad it’s been great. that last pic is magical!

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    Deborah W says:

    Lovely, lovely surroundings…I’m jealous! Glad you had a great time. Thx for sharing the photos!

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    Jennifer says:

    thanks for posting all the pictures of home. i miss it so much! and you too! – j

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    My name is Kim says:

    don’t worry about the mess; it will make us feel right at home. your parent’s house looks great…brings back lots of memories! see you soon.xoxo

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    Stephanie says:

    that looks like it’s a very relaxing place with plants and flowers all around and the lake nearby. No wonder you do it every year!

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    A Farmer's Wife says:

    Beautiful landscaping!!!

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    unfinished says:

    how fun to see home through someone elses eyes. you made it look like i want it to feel. good eye with the camera. HOME IS WHERE YOUR HEART IS. soon i’ll have another home to plant my heart there too! mom

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    Cherry's Jubilee says:

    Ohhh wow love that vignette with the old corbels and flowers. Your mama knows how to decorate…I can see where you get your eye. Looks very peaceful there…glad you had a good time. cherry

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