Friday, July 24, 2009

Summer Vacation

So, I am quickly approaching my last day of summer vacation. It's not that I dislike my job; I just like my other job as a mom so much better. And writing? I love writing. If I could write full-time and parent full-time... I'm working on that.

Anyway, this year's vacation was filled with day trips. Scott and I are homebodies, and roadwarriors. We like to sleep in our own bed, eat at our own table, and remain "within our element". And miles driven? Between the two of us, I think we have the most miles driven of any couple not driving professionally. We love to be behind the wheel and see the scenery rushing past our window. We love watching the road open up ahead of us, hearing the voices of our loved ones behind us, and flipping through local radio stations to get a feel for the community. Driving gives you a sense of accomplishment; it is the validation when you say you travelled. Best of all, driving lets you stop along the way to "smell the roses", as they say. We stop at roadside stands for produce or homemade goods; we stop to take a look at scenery only found when winding down mountain passes or running parallel to the coast. And this country is home to some of the most unusual sights, the most beautiful landscapes, the most personal history, and the most interesting people you could ever want to encounter.

So this week, we loaded up the car and put some miles on. We had a great time and did some new things, but more importantly, we developed as a family. There is truth to the adage "The family that plays together, stays together." As I look over and see all four children sitting shoulder to shoulder on the sofa, either playing a game or watching the others -- no TV, no bickering (for now) -- I am thankful for the blessing of my family, my husband who shares my vision of family , and the indescribable benefits of summer vacation.
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