For a little over a month now I haven't written a single thing on the blog. It's not that I haven't thought about it, it's just that I needed some time to just completely and fully enjoy summer. For several years now our summers haven't exactly been "relaxing" and even more recently they have been tainted with the most horrifying events. I quickly found this summer could be my chance to feel happy and to have fun. The twins are a bit older (obviously) and for some reason Charlie's place in heaven has settled in my heart a bit. So I just took some time to breathe.
Today after a little prompting from some of my favorite people I am writing again. What better to topic to begin writing again with than contentment. This week/weekend has been a whirlwind in the absolute best way. We officially started school on Wednesday. My heart was ready and I now know and already love 19 new little people that I get to see every single day throughout the course of the next school year.
Our first three day week quickly spilled into our Friday night. We decided to fight the exhaustion and spent the evening with friends at an event in our tiny town called "Art Around Town" where we didn't peruse as much art as we did food. (Please note, I am absolutely not complaining...) Once that event dwindled down we walked through town to the Highlands football game. I have to say that the twins excitement is so contagious when it comes to new things. They loved every last thing about the game. The stands, the cheerleaders, obviously the "big" football players, the horn that sounded when the Birds scored a touchdown, the people, and the announcer that spent the evening telling us all what was going on. I kind of felt like I was in a movie.
This morning our fun continued with a birthday party for the twin's second cousin, Jillian. What we thought might be a washout due to the impending thunderstorms turned out to be so much fun! Evan's Orchard in Georgetown has so many fun things for kids to do and even though the "Bounce Pad" was a bit wet the kids all had the time of their lives jumping and sliding until we finally had to burst their bubble and call time to leave. Seeing the twins with wet hair and wet clothes and huge smiles on their faces walking to our car made for another memory that I hope stays imprinted on my mind for a long time to come. It makes me happy to know that they know their cousins and second cousins and they love spending time with them!
We came home this afternoon and crashed. Well...I crashed. I think the twins ran wild through the house while I took a nap in my bed. I thought they were watching tv in bed with me but when I finally peeled myself out of my bed and walked into their rooms to get them ready for the next event I found candy wrappers all over their floor. I am going to go ahead and say that wasn't my most proud "mom moment." Anyhow, we are all alive and well and around 5:30 we headed out to Jim's surprise party at the Brownings. Everything went off without a hitch and at the moment I have two very soundly sleeping little ones in their big girl and big boy beds. The rain is moving in and I can't help but say, "Bring on the rain."
It is true what they say about the storms in your life. I am absolutely different now. I am content. I am thankful. I see things now that I wouldn't have seen before. I'm thanking God for the "perfect to me" days with my kids and husband, even if it is just the typical day to day that we get to do together. It's our perfect.