I've debated sharing the details of our summer on here, since it is public space, but in the end I've decided I am a fan of transparency.
This summer is wonderful and beautiful and filled with joyous moments...but this summer is also the hardest one our family has known. Hubby is working out of town all summer - meaning it's just the kids and myself on our own all week, every week. I know I shouldn't complain. Military families do long separations (much longer than ours and without weekends) all the time. Single parents balance life with kids and no other adult around to help. And still other families are all to familiar with having one parent work out of town for extended periods of time.
But this is completely new for us. And things that are new, tend to be hard.
Hubby and I have never done "long distance". Even when we were dating, the only summer we didn't live in the same town was the first summer we were dating. At that point we were so early in the game that it wasn't that big of a deal. We just do togetherness, everyday, all year long. And we like it that way. I like having him around to help with the kids, share my life with, and even to piss me off.
So, here we are, several weeks into a long, tiresome but still good summer. I'm in the midst of a major painting project (which I will share when it is complete, but until then I just want to share that I am over it and ready to spend my evenings sipping wine and watching TV). The kids are needier than ever - the "watch me!" requests that used to be fulfilled by two parents are now all falling on me, while at the same time everything else is on me too. I cannot fall asleep by myself. Basically, I just suck at sleeping by myself. What I would give to fall asleep before midnight. And even though I spend this past weekend at Sunbridge Institute learning all kinds of inspiring, insightful things about Waldorf education....all I can muster up to share in this space tonight is I'm tired. Oh, so tired.
So instead of writing about urban foraging, learning how to ride a two wheeler, exploring the many, many natural areas around us, or sharing about our garden, I'll leave you with a few photos that capture some of our best days thus far. Because no matter how difficult come aspects of life can seem, this journey that we are on is still so beautiful.