My kids were excited to have their mom to themselves. I was scared that I wouldn't be able to keep up with them. That their summer would feel boring and they would just fight with each other all day. I had 3 weeks of antibiotics and anti-nausea meds left and the nerve pain in my feet was at an all time high. My strength and endurance was minimal, though making fast progress through physical therapy. I repeat some of this just to set the stage for my expectations of summer. I should have prepared myself for something different entirely.
God blessed me this summer with quality time enjoying family, friends and especially my children. No, we couldn't go on bike rides, river raft, hike Colorado mountains, or spend a day at Silver Dollar City yet, but we made fun memories and had plenty of laughs.
I traveled to Oklahoma to see the Wright family there and share in the celebration of Aunt Gail's life and her entering Heaven's gates.
|Alyssa & her cousin Ashton|
|Isaiah & his Wright cousins: Ashton, Taylor & Ian|
|Isaiah & I - July 4th|
I hosted, which I LOVE to do! We celebrated Isaiah's Independence day birthday (just a tiny bit more toned down than usual), plus had an overnight visit from Mindy & Greg Linderink.
|Mindy Mannel Linderink & some of my family|
|Alyssa & Charlotte at Camp|
I had a break - I drove them to their camps and during day camp they stayed with their Aunt Amy's family! Such a special two weeks!
|Harry, Isaiah and Luke at Summer Camp|
|Breck, Isaiah & Luke at Basketball Camp|
I babysat! I decided I could keep up with my 3 year old nephew and had him over for a picnic and sleepover! Even got to babysit my sweet 1 year old nephew, Caden. What a gift after months of not even being able to hold him because he was over 10 pounds and I was too weak.
I Played! I took the kids to the creek to wade and fish. We saw several kid movies, went to the Aquatic Center, had sleepovers and playdates, ice cream outings and a backyard campout. Went to two festivals, where Alyssa even got pulled up on stage with the lead singer to "dance a little"!
By the end of summer I DATED my husband and left the kids behind without any guilt! It was our 16th wedding anniversary and I planned a surprise historical & tasting tour in Kansas City, requiring 2 miles of walking! I even did it in heels! Won't do a tour in heals again, even in a great year, but I looked cute for our date!
|Lost Valley Trail - Buffalo River|