You guys. My mom discovered emoticons last month. I find it both amusing and adorable at the same time.
Growing up I was surrounded by family. I had aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents who lived as close as 5 minutes away and only as far as two hours away. My childhood is filled with memories of family gatherings for holidays, birthdays, graduations, and just because.
We live far away from family now, and my kids don’t have those opportunities, so we create our own traditions. Sometimes they are on our own, but often they’re with our friends who we have come to love and appreciate like family. So when I start to feel sad that we don’t live near our families I remind myself how blessed we are to have wonderful friends to make memories with.
Summer is made for relaxation and ease. Once the weather warms up I’ll do just about anything to avoid turning the oven and stove on. The grill is my best friend, and sandwiches come in a close second.
At our house anything “build your own” is a favorite. The kids like to feel they have some control over what they eat. I get that. Our current favorite is build your own salad. We grill up marinated chicken breasts, slice them and the kids pile them on a bed of lettuce along with cheese, tomatoes, Craisins, croutons, green peppers, red onion….just about anything. They love it, and I love how simple it is to offer them delicious, healthy food.
I’m short. There’s nothing to be done about it. It’s just the way it is. I’m short enough that when I student-taught junior high the lunch lady yelled at me for cutting in line because she thought I was a student. So, you know. Short. (And maybe young looking because 22
isn’t the same as 13?)
When road tripping, Craig usually needs a little help staying awake and focused. On one trip he came up with the “5 Things” game. He and I would take turns asking each other to name five things. It was successful enough to keep us entertained for four hours, and has served us well since. Occasionally the categories are weak, but more often they make us think and discuss further. Here are a few of my favorites:
What “5” categories would you propose?