At least with my blogging these days.
I made a last minute decision to bring the kids up to the lake and have been here about a week. Jacob was still so sad about Anna moving and we really didn't have anything that important to do at home, so I thought I'd play nice Mama and let him spend some quality time with her before her family moves away.
The internet isn't great at the lake and, to be quite honest, I haven't really had the desire to connect the past few days. We spend the early mornings enjoying the day riding bicycles and making chalk masterpieces before the hundred-ten degree heat chases us inside and the kids play Webkinz and pretend school while I veg out in the dark catching marathons of Deadliest Catch and The Next Food Network Star (Lisa, you were robbed, girl!) After suppers I do not cook, we head back outside and watch the kids play and have snow-cones and ice cream bars until well after ten every night. There are only three families in this little neighborhood so we don't bother anyone with our noise and I feel safer letting them run free knowing their chances of meeting a car or a crazy person are pretty low. In fact, coming here reminds me of my own youth, our own old neighborhood, so I'm always glad to let my kids experience it a little bit. Anna finally taught Jacob how to ride his big bike. I am thrilled for him, but it's bittersweet watching him roll away down the street, side by side with "his girl". Today it's a bike and a friend, tomorrow's it's a car and a girlfriend. That has made me slow down and savor this time with them. I know next week, once Anna leaves and we pack it up and head back to the city, things will change and we'll be back to the grind, but for now we will enjoy this and make good memories.
And good memories are all we'll make because in addition to leaving my computer at home, I also left my camera. And my video camera. So just imagine some cool pictures of happy kids with chocolate faces riding bikes and having fun.
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