I've made it! Over two weeks of exhausting work, getting ready for houseguests and packing for our own vacation and living under one roof with 11 people--6 of them 10 and under. Planning and grocery shopping and cooking and cleaning up messes and trying to figure out renovation mishaps and also dealing with myriad squabbles from cousins who are together all day but aren't used to being together at all. It was good, but by the end, I was wiped out! Living life together is hard work!!
But now we're in the mountains, drinking in cool air and aspens and mountaintops. We're lounging in our jammies until mid-morning and spending our afternoons walking little mountain trails and relaxing at the pool and enjoying just being together. It feels odd to have so little that needs to be done--and it is wonderful.
I brought more books than I'll ever be able to read, and I have high hopes of many hours poolside while my little fish swim away, reading and pondering and just breathing. I gave my sweet husband a fancy-schmancy camera for Father's Day--I'm not even sure I know how to turn it on--and he has spent many hours poring over the manual and help books, snapping away to record the moments of our time together. I'm hoping to upload some photos later; they'll be a huge improvement over the ones I take with my phone!
For now I'm off to go down to the little town below us and breathe deeply the mountain air while we make more memories for our little clan. Ahh, thank You Lord for this time away, at last!