This summer we’ve been making memories. I have tried to take a mental picture of everything we’ve done. We’ve camped, traveled to softball tournaments, practiced driving with K–we have been busy. And in the middle of all of that, I’ve been able to do some observing, watching, and maybe even a little wishing.
So, what does all of that mean?
Here’s a small breakdown…
- K really loves softball. This summer we traveled to a number of tournaments. We even got to spend a day at Holiday World after watching some games during the weekend. She shines on the field and she has made a number of friendships over the years. I think that is something special–to be connected to people far and wide from other towns due to a game.
- Camping with three dogs is a bit overwhelming for me. On our last weekend camping getaway, we had ALL of our dogs. Nope. It was chaos. I also noticed that some people tend to forget their dogs actually go to the bathroom (and require a “doggy bag” if you know what I mean)—I observed that more than I cared to—just clean up after your pets.
- I catch myself daydreaming about the baby we lost more than I thought I would. I found myself gazing at baby items in a store yesterday. It is rough even after all this time.
- My kids are growing up right before my eyes and time is not slowing down. I am amazed at how they mature and seem so grown up in certain situations: traveling, planning for school. I have moments of wishing they were little again.
- People still try to pass pets off as service dogs. We saw a Shih Tzu in a vest labeled “service dog” yesterday. If you aren’t familiar with this breed of dogs, think small dog. There was also a patch on the vest that read “I’m friendly, ask to pet me!” Sometimes you just shake your head and move on when you really want to approach and ask all the questions.
- Even when I pack to travel, and pack specific items, I still overpack. For an overnight trip with three people, we have 5 bags, not counting our small snack cooler. What is life? How do you condense? What if you forget something?
- Life is short. I have realized I would rather spend it with the ones I love, doing things we all love, rather than being at home working myself silly. Especially when the work can wait because time with the ones you love cannot. You may regret having to stay up late, or work longer hours after the fun, but seeing your kids light up when you mention the words “road trip” and letting them have a fun summer break is a good thing.
Sam was told on a deployment long ago, “its all about the memories!” and that rings true in our home to this day. We try to make as many memories as we can, doing the things that we love and being with the people we love. Sometimes, at the end of the day, all you have is love and memories and the people you are with. Make sure you give it and make sure you make it count.