Yesterday my children and I made a 700-mile trip in our minivan in order to visit Grandma Peggy (Eric's mom). Alia asked me lots of questions and quizzed me on Spanish phrases along the way so I wouldn't get tired.
La tortuga camina lentamente. (The turtle walks slowly...isn't that a great sentence to learn?)
There's this beautiful, tree-lined road leading up to Grandma's house, and the children begged to run the whole way. Spencer had to run in his diaper because he had a huge diaper leak at the previous stop, but they were so excited that I couldn't say no.
Today has been an absolute vacation for me, thanks to Grandma Peggy, Aunt Jodi, Aunt Tara, and Uncle Marc. I got to sleep in until 10:30 for the first time in YEARS, and we got to spend the whole day relaxing with the family.
Ethan (age 7) loves the sunsets here. He said, "Mom! You've got to come out here and see the sky!"
And then tonight, Aunt Jodi helped my children put blankets all over the trampoline, and they laid there forever, watching the distant lightening, listening to the thunder, and seriously enjoying their childhood (except when Ethan stepped on Alia's blanket, Spencer took Grace's pillow, and everyone kept bouncing too much). I feel like I'm constantly saying, "Kindness! In our family we speak kindly!"
I've got to get to bed now.... Tomorrow I drive up to Idaho with my dear friend Allyson (who I've only met in person twice, but we feel like we've known each other forever). Two of my sisters (Page and Susan), Saren, and my freshman roommate, Shawna, are going to join us up there for the "Mom Track" of Education Week. I've been looking forward to this since last summer.
My main hope is that this conference will be helpful to all the moms who attend. I've done my best to make the classes conversational, so it's not me up there lecturing the whole time. I know that as these sharp women come together to learn and lift each other, all of their families will be strengthened.
I'm going to try to blog a little bit each day while I'm there, so if you're dying to know all the details, check back!