It makes me excited when it's time to start getting the house and school back in order, but of course it's very hard for us to transition to everyday life without Joe home. The kids get dependent on having him here all the time and two of us to take care of them. Joe helps with the housework and the kids ALOT! He changes diapers, washes dishes, runs laundry, plays with the kids, mops the floors and jumps right in to lighten all the busy duties of a house with 7 people. We are in for a huge transition, we always are, we all know it and we know that it is good to have both seasons in our year. I am always thankful to have him home all summer and since he has to go back to work I am thankful for the new routine we can set when he goes back.
We still have a couple of weeks before school starts but Joe has days he starts going back in next week. This summer break has been fun and a really great time for our family. We haven't had a summer where we traveled this much, ever. All of us are thankful for the days we have and the memories we are making.
We picked blueberries with my mom one day.
Locust Grove, on the 4th. It was a rainy day and admittance to the museum and house were free for the holiday. I think, the tour may have been better if we had gone on a regular day and had to pay. Since is was open to the public, volunteers were talking in each room and it was a bit confusing to follow the timeline of the house and get a full story about the history. We did enjoy it and asked lots of questions about the house and the family history.
They also found a frog and Joseph was a mess pretending he was Turtle Man. Joseph had a complete blast that day!
Lambert's. That was a really fun day too. If you haven't eaten at Lambert's is so worth making a roadtrip, the food is good and it's a neat place. The kids loved catching rolls! I am so thankful that my kids can make memories and live their childhoods with such loving and involved grandparents.
Wow, I was just planning to post an assortment of pictures and this has turned out to be very lengthy. Now I feel like I'm wrapping this up short but I must end it. I am so blessed to have these days with my kids and watch them grow up. Life is so precious!
Thank you God, for giving me these days with these incredible people! My heart is full of praise for all that have done and continue to do for us!