Monday, August 24, 2009

So Long, Summer!

I went to a meeting this afternoon, realizing that this was the last time--at least for a little while--that I'll be able to casually mention to Jay that I have somewhere to go and that I need him to be with the kids while I'm gone.

Tomorrow is the first day of school, and this is one of the best summers I can remember.

This is the first summer that we've felt comfortable taking the kids on trips more than a few hours away. Their nap schedules are less rigid, they're easier to entertain in the car, and they're able to appreciate the chance to go someplace new and fun.

Sure, Jay and I traveled a lot before kids, but some aspects of traveling are actually more fun with the kids in tow. Of course we don't get to have fancy dinners out, and we don't get to stay in romantic B&Bs, but we get to see the world through their eyes, and that's pretty great.

We started the summer with a mini vacay in Memphis--two, actually--and then headed to Germany for 10 days. After a few weeks of recovery we went to Wisconsin, and over Labor Day weekend we're going to Louisville to see my family and hopefully some of Jay's family whom I've not yet met.

I've loved the freedom to come and go as we pleased, to make last-minute plans without having to answer to work or school, and to think about where we might want to go next. In fact, I'm even thinking about what winter break might have in store for us.

So farewell to one of my favorite summers so far. We should do this again sometime!

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