It Goes Without Saying

This weekend my husband & I split the family up for mini-adventures — he a bit farther afield with my son on a father/son camping trip, me at home with my daughter for a mother/daughter slumber party. The boys made the drive to Maquoketa Caves State Park in northeastern Iowa to camp & explore the caves. aldo caveThey had a great time….

576597_10151404530597000_193836823_ngetting to know the wildlife…

aldo cavesAnd hanging in the caves.

My daughter had her last day of school, so when I picked her up at noon I offered to take her out to lunch. She asked if she could have a new book instead.

20130604-080547.jpgAs a mum, there is really no arguing with that counter offer.

We ended up doing a lot of gardening. We started by filling our over-the-rail planters with petunias.

20130604-081102.jpgMy daughter got to pick the colors, so we got pink.  Of course.

Then my girl was over-the-moon to be set free with the hose to ‘clean off’ our deck so I weeded and weeded some more and set up both of our rain  barrels. We rounded out our day with lots of reading & strawberry frozen yogurt sundaes in bed.20130604-080538.jpg

My girl really LOVES to read. And I will say she was very excited to get to sleep in the big bed with me. I was reminded that not only does she like to snuggle even more than the dog, she snores and talks in her sleep. Somehow this 40lb person took up 3/4 of a queen sized bed & woke me out of a dead sleep at 3am  with her talking. It’s all worth it though. She’s pretty fantastic.

It was a happy homecoming when the boys returned, tired and bearing lots of laundry from their spelunking expeditions. We celebrated being freshly reunited by sitting down to a very basic, but filling spaghetti dinner. There is nothing like being apart — even for just a couple days — to make the simple act of being together feel extra special. I am grateful for my little family, the time we have to spend together, the adventures we get to have both near & far, and the bonds we share. It goes without saying, but sometimes saying it is important, too.

4 responses to “It Goes Without Saying

  1. Looks like an incredible weekend! It so lovely to be able to bond with children both together and separately, my Mom and Dad had the same philosophy and we always love it!

    • I love the connection it fosters in us as a family. We hope to be building bonds that will remain strong for a lifetime. If I can be close with my husband & kids for all my days, well, that is really the most I can hope for in this life. 🙂

  2. and they will remember those times. I am at the other end of life and my three boys remember (almost) everything. It’s very rewarding. Lovely post and you have a fabulous family.

    • Thank you! I really hope we are setting the stage for close ties with our kids for the rest of our lives – that’s the goal! To make memories and forever be close!

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