I have had the freedom to be at home for the last few days of summer break with my family. It has been a blessing and so we decided to make the most of our time before the kids started school today. It began on Monday with a little backyard camping. Everything went great, we set up a tent, cooked hot dogs over the fire, made s'mores, and put everyone in their sleeping bags. It was while the kids were meant to be going to sleep that things got a little hairy. Around 9:30 PM Flynn was jumping around from air mattress to air mattress giggling and shouting and keeping anyone from falling asleep. After many attempts to make it work we had to make the hard decision to bring everyone back inside to sleep for the night. It was still a great memory. Below is a video of us getting the tent set up (keep your eye on Griffin on the right hand side, he was a big help). [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v3XkcNDkdg&w=470&h=315]
Tuesday we headed downtown for the beach. We had a picnic, played in the sand, and practiced a Croatian beach game called Picigin (it's like hackeysack with your hands). It was a moment where we realized we are finally getting out of the baby stage. Flynn was right there with us in the water and everyone had a blast. That evening we continued a tradition of going to Oberweis for their 99 cent cones the night before school starts. It was great except the ice cream melted faster than anyone could eat it leaving us with sticky hands and puddles of ice cream at each of our feet.
It was an amazing two days of family bonding. We shared our favorite memories from the summer and what we want to grow in this upcoming year. Griffin wanted to grow to be bigger than a hotel and it was cool to hear Eli and Eden share about wanting to have a better attitude and grow more in their relationship with Jesus.
It all wrapped up this morning when we dropped the older two off at school and now have a much quieter house. Griffin will be starting pre-school in September, which will make it even quieter. It's a strange feeling being at home and not returning to work at the moment. I have been wrestling with it but, I'm trusting that God will provide and we are enjoying the time we have together.
Psalm 27:14 was a great encouragement this morning. "Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!"
Here are a few photos from the past few days. We also have photos from the past few months over here.
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