We've made it to BEAR LAKE! I can't describe how much I love it up here. It is slow, and warm and starkly beautiful. I'm surrounded by people I love dearly and like to be around.....good conversations, good food, good books. The best part is that I have time to be the mom I want to be....and at the same time, I don't have to be that mom all the time because my kids are so happy and entertained by their cousins. I have 3 big nieces (and their mom) who want to hold Emmeline all the time, and there are new toys and books and a beach for Hazel and Charlie. Sometimes I have to beg them to come and read with me or talk to me or play with me. How the tables turn.
I love that it's a huge pain to get to internet and computers (have to go on a dirt road to another house). I have to really plan out computer time, there's not a computer in the next room just calling my name. My kids love that too.
I love that I get to sleep in the same room with Hazel and Charlie. I love watching them sleep, all twisted up skeewampus on their little floor mats, exhausted from a day of too much fun.
I love being with my sisters and watching them mother....they are so good.
I love how physical this place is, a lot of walking and playing and swimming and all of it's fun.
I love having time to watch the clouds and the sunset and the wind and the sun on the water.
I love having time at night to play games and talk about interesting things.
I love cooking with my mom and sisters.
I love getting to know my sweet nieces and nephews.
I love watching bonds form between my kids and their cousins. Especially their older cousins who are such great examples to them.
I love watching my kids interact with my mom and dad and seeing them all fall in love with each other.
I just feel seriously so blessed to be here....for almost a whole month. I'm totally spoiled...I know it and I'm planning to appreciate every minute of it.