Sunday, August 2, 2015
Last night we got to have little get together. I have been waiting for a get together for awhile. I have been fixing up my rock pit, knitting shawls, painting benches, making pies, all summer long just for a night like this. And finally the first day of August it all came together.
Under my sweet little lights, two, not just one person needed my shawl. The shawl I knitted in June just for this very purpose..somebody saying they are cold, and me RUNNING inside to grab my farmhouse shawl. I'm not sure my summer could get any better than that right there.
And most of these sweet pictures were taken by my friend...who grabbed the camera early in the night. It was fun seeing the party through her eyes.
There were kids everywhere. My kids just love nights when friends are all over, a mess is as far as the eye can see, dirty hands reach into every bowl and moms are always helping out with a boo- boo or two. And after several days of absolute pouring rain we were all glad to be outside. Yesterday was a definite score in the best memory category...
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Summer days lead to a lot of mama filling each and every minute. It seems that some of them need minutes filled more than others. I get in the habit of filling them and then realize part of the story for each of them is filling up their own moments.
There is a balance of being irritated with interruptions because I FEEL like doing something, and forcing them out of the habit of taking each and every minute from me when they are in my presence. I am not a huge internet person...but there are a few things that I do on the computer...so whenever they see me sit down they seem to be instantly attracted to my shoulder. I feel bad sometimes shooing them away. I should be present to them....and really, I am, for the most part...but not EVERY SINGLE part. There is just life that needs to happen outside of being part of my kids every waking minute. Some times they need to wait...or be turned away...or even left on their own to solve life's biggest challenge...what to do when you are bored.
Life is boring sometimes..the other day for whatever reason I was just BORED...I did not feel like doing anything..it was gray outside ...but not raining. I just felt bored. I just gave in to it. I did not do much to change it.
So, as important as it is to love them, be there for them, look them in the eye...it is just as important to let them be bored, struggle in nothingness ...because that never goes away.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Not being able to all get off the island together has made family trips a bit of an issue these last 2 years. I can be of split mind on the topic of family vacations...they are expensive and not always in the cards financially. And for us it has not been really practical the last few years with the combination of expense and kids ages and stages.
But what I do wholeheartedly think is families need to have fun together. And this is most important for me to remember. I can very easily get caught up in all I have to do, should do and want to do around the house. I need to laugh with these guys, and just hang out sometimes...which can be a challenge for me.
So...we decided to try for an off island camp trip. A trip I had to stay with everyone on...not sneek home for a shower. No camp cheating...the real deal!!
We got a little boat last fall when our priest died and the church had a silent auction for Father's boat and boat trailer...After Pete's eyes lite up in mass he immediately put a bid in ...$300. And by God's grace and Father Jim's blessing we got the boat.
It was very much a blessing and we have used that little boat SO much. I told the kids the only way we would be able to get a boat here in Alaska was if God dropped one in our laps..and He basically did!!
So...Pete wanted to take us to a cabin about 4 miles from town. He knew it would take some luck and a huge amount of work to make it happen...but we really wanted to try.
To actually get to the cabin Pete took 3 trips. One was just to land our gear there, then people were hauled in 2 separate groups. And another item that was with us all along the way... RAIN!! It really never let up. There was 100% chance of rain both Friday and Saturday. And it was accurate...
We made the best of it all. The kids were so excited and we were all together. We kept telling ourselves that this may be one of those trips more enjoyed when it is over...and I would have to say that is ABSOLUTELY true for me!!
I am proud of us for making it happen. We did it! I never left. We were wet...very very wet..and just a touch dirtier than I enjoyed. Definitely rookies when it came to gear we brought with us...neither Pete or I are big gadget people...we kind of just brought the minimal stuff we needed and for the most part it worked.
Not sure if I would say I LOVE camping..yet. I know that I would much prefer to not have it raining the entire time..but that goes for about everything ...I would always prefer less rain. But us all together...Pete taking care of us all and doing such a great job...I LOVED that.