Oh so grateful.
^^^Airplane naps! Yay! Makes the time pass much faster. ^^^
There was definite beauty in starting your day in your own bed and ending it at your final destination.
Road trips. Blah!
At least with five kids.
^^^Watching a movie also helps.^^^
I am also grateful for technology that occupies my children whilst flying through the air at the 500 mph across the country.
I am super thankful for anti-nausea meds. You see, I don't like being puked on. I forgot to give Miriam hers and didn't remember until she horfed all over me, then it was too late.
And Miss Pukey-Pants did not appreciate me holding a barf bag in front of her face.
Did I mention that we were on the runway? BEFORE TAKE OFF.
BUT puking aside, we had a wonderful family vacation in Salt Lake with dear family and friends we love like family.
^^^Lunch with friends!^^^
^^^All the cousins on my side of the family, going to the dollar movie. The most fun ever! We took up an entire row!^^^
We came home exhausted and happy to have been there. We were also sad to have to come back so soon. Who knew a week simply wouldn't be long enough?
But coming home was also oh so good. Driving back home from the airport, on my winding, bumpy roads, with sunlight filtering through hundreds of trees, I was struck with how totally awesome New Hampshire is, especially in the summertime.
^^^No filter dudes. The sky really looks like that here.^^^
The animals were happy to see us. Seriously, Jonah liked every inch of me. GROSS. The chickens welcomed us home with a huge stash of eggs they had hidden from the pet-sitters. Spencer found them.
^^^Weird egg. I love having chickens.^^^
Derek stayed in Utah for some extra days due to work so it was just me and the littles on the plane ride home and for the rest of the week. We spent it recovering from travel, by enjoying the sunshine and doing almost nothing. We had a hike and picnic in our backyard.
^^^Right in our own backyard. Well, techinically it's the neighbor's yard, but whatever.^^^
^^^He kills me with the cute!^^^
^^^What is with her eyeball? No idea^^^
^^^Anytime I'd stop walking she'd smack me on the back and yell, "Go Mommy, go!" ^^^
Now, we're onto swimming lessons and freezing our tushies off at the lake. It's the BEST. Sand in all the places!
We love it. Can't even lie.
^^^Sand, everywhere. The big boys don't come in for towel time, making getting a picture of them difficult.^^^
^^^When their lips turn blue, I gotta make them sit out for a minute.^^^
^^^You can't see it, but he was visibly shivering during his lessons. His lips were blue. I worry about hypothermia, I really do.^^^
I love LOVE summer here. It very nearly makes up for the hideousness that is winter. It is warm, and green, and lush and incredible. I am so blessed. WE are so blessed.