"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."
"Lazy" isn't a word used to describe a farm family's summer, usually.
My hardworking man is currently combining and
just finished harvesting grass seed, now on to wheat.
The work keeps him out late and we catch moments of time with him for
lunches and dinners when we find him in the fields.
There are so many pluses to farm life, that I put a piece of duct-tape over my mouth
when I want to utter a complaint about the long hours.
Even with the duct-tape, the solo parenting still gets to my normally stellar attitude
and I was in need of a break!
The kids and I took off for a week to glimpse laziness at the camp where my parents work.
With a pool, lake, dining hall, and grandparents with flexible working schedules,
it proved to be the perfect place to relax.
My sister also spent the week at camp, actually camping in a tent trailer
while I stayed at my parents.
The older kids (Emma and Benton, along with 2 of Ben's friends)
went to daycamp during the week.
Mandy and Nano and Rem had a great time playing together.
There isn't too much laziness allowed with active children around.
Should we play at the pool, lake, or one of the playgrounds? became the biggest question of the day.
My children don't have the "fear of water" gene, so Rem wore a life jacket for 90% of our visit.
Occationally he would pull on that horrible leg strap with a look of disdain (wouldn't you?).
Then he would go on playing.
Along with Rem's cheerful play, here is a portion of my leg
so you can see I am making an effort to tan.
I'm so thankful for my parents who took time off to hang out with us.
They are as busy as farmers in the summer, but were around enough for us to get thoroughly spoiled.
My baby decided to choose this week to shed any traces of baby-hood.
He learned how to crawl out of the pack n' play the first day and rebelled against naps after that.
He also learned how to drink from a big cup, jump, walk backwards,
and say "cheese".... just not all at the same time -- he has his limits.
I've never, ever told my kids to say "cheese" to get a smile.
Yet Rem was still going around with this strange smile saying the never-ending version of "cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze."
So cute. I admit it.
Emma and Ben had such a good time at camp.
I was curious to see how Emma would like it since she has never been away from me for that long.
She found some hidden extrovert gene I didn't know she had and participated
with the other kids like a pro. She did swim lessons, crafts, Bible stories,
and went on a field trip to Northwest Trek.
Probably helps to have a cousin like this to hang out with!
Rem's favorite person is Daddy, but without him around,
Grandpa became a reasonable substitute
The vacation was a great idea.
We are refreshed and ready to enjoy the rest of the summer.
The farmer-man missed us too, working even longer hours.
He's happy to have happy people to come home to!