I am declaring this “Gypsy Summer” for it was the summer in which our family lived out of suitcases.
We had about 3 weeks of “normalcy” right after school got out and then the adventure began.
The grandparents took ALL 4 kids on a two week road trip to Arkansas to see Aunts and Uncles and Cousins. (Yes, they are saints!)
Mark and I enjoyed several kidless days before we left for Michigan for the Big Ticket Festival.
We got home on a Sunday night. We left Tuesday morning to fly to Arkansas. We spent several days with said aunts, uncles and cousins and then drove the whole family home to AZ.
We got home at 1 a.m. on a Sunday.
We left at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. This time to CA for a week with my family near the beach. Tons of fun hanging out, going to Disneyland, the beach, having dinner with friends.
When we got back to AZ we moved straight into our friends house about 15 minutes away for a 3 week tenure of dog/house sitting. They’ve got a pool, spa, basketball court, trampoline – basically every kids DREAM backyard.We had a great time and the kids totally spoiled the dogs. Mom got spoiled by the pool and the hours of time it seems to keep the kids busy – and tired!
We are finally back home, and mostly unpacked.
The really good news is that coming home to my shopping-challenged wardrobe is fun. I’ve been living off the same 7 outfits all summer. Oh, and I scored a bunch of hand me down clothes from my friend, which is TOTALLY allowed. Woohoo!
So a week from today the kids are back in school and it will be sweet, quiet bliss during the day. I fear my productivity has suffered a bit this summer with all the distractions so I’m looking forward to having some focused time during the day.