On Being Gone…

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Holy goodness, dear reader, it has been a long, long time since I have had a spare moment to sit down in front of a keyboard and computer and whack away at writing. The summer has brought my family many adventures, and most of them orchestrated and pulled off by me, myself, and I. Oh sure, the kids participated in planning and pulling off, but most of the prep work and fall out belonged squarely on my shoulders. With a husband mostly gone, and four kids to wrangle 24/7, I can honestly say that I look forward to the new school year like I have never looked forward to anything else before.

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The sun, it is on the horizon, and next week, when a new school year dawns, you can be assured that I will be right there, alongside all of the other teary-eyed mothers, raising my hands in the air, and laughing with crazed joy like I just don’t care.

Because, I don’t.

I’ve given everything to my kids this summer.

We’ve traveled across Canada and the United States.

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We’ve played rugby non-stop.

We’ve swam so many times, and for so many hours, that my kids are as dark as night. (The baby even has tan lines!)

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We’ve learned to make new things, bake new things, and even broken new things…wa wa wa!

We’ve seen family and friends, and enjoyed getting to know strangers.

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We’ve hiked and biked, and sat and slept (but not slept in…).

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We’ve cooked and read books.

We’ve sung and danced and laughed.

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It’s been a marvelous summer, but it was also a lot of work.

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And now I am beat.

These last two weeks since we have been home from our travels have left me feeling like a ton of bricks. I guess life does seem pretty boring once you’ve returned home after an adventure and there isn’t another person your age around for miles and miles. Or what seems like miles and miles.

And you refuse to lift a finger to entertain yourself…after mom put on such a spectacular show in other parts of the world.

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(Do you detect a slight bit of adult angst here? You might say I am channeling some of this pre-teen mood swinging that is ripe and ready over here!)

In hind sight, the summer was good.

But the start of the 2018-2019 school year will be even better!

I’ve got great things to write about. Our family adventures didn’t just involve running here, there, and everywhere.

  • I had a little bit of time to touch base with my roots, and I can’t wait to write about it here.
  • I have a knitting project that I am eager to work on and roll out.
  • I’ve given quite a bit of thought to raising pre-teens, and I need a sounding board for my theories.
  • And as always, I am eager to write about whatever pops into my swirling, twirling head.


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