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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Things I Learned at the Lake

Izzy is growing up way too fast.

So is Chip.

18 month old little boys are insanely busy and share none of their energy with their parents.

Nothing wears my kids out like life at the lake.

Izzy is braver around her friends than she is with just us... wouldn't ride a tube with me, but hopped right on with the big girls.

I could float for hours.

Nothing says "me time" like a napping house, a good book, and being stretched out on a float on a screened porch.

I didn't miss my computer that much even though we were gone for 2 weeks.

Maybe I should try more time unplugged.

Izzy still comes running to me with most news, but occasionally she doesn't and that makes me a wee bit sad...

I'm still sometimes surprised by how much our family has lost in the last 3.5 years. We took a great picture of the kids, Izzy, Chip, and Natalie, piled on Aunt Nik Nik. Love the picture and there are smiles all around. Had to wonder though, what it would have been like with a nearly 8(!) year old Catie and 6 month old Aiden piled on.

I could listen to my kids laugh all day.

Izzy loves nothing more than being around other people.

I hope that Tre' and I raise Iz to think for herself, esp. during her teenage years.

Visits from family and friends sure are nice.

Nothing says, "aaahhhh," like a hot shower after a day at the lake.

Geocaching is fun.

I love vacation, but nothing beats coming home.


Anonymous said...

Truly bittersweet, Jenny. There's a hole ... but one that WILL be filled one day, bigger than this life can imagine. Your babies ARE growing up, but they will always be your babies, no matter what. And somehow, I think Miz Iz will be a very determined young woman who won't be easy to fool! Blessings, my friend... it's good to see you soaking up summer with such gusto!
Pam D

Amy said...

Absolutely precious photos. My heart goes out to you and your family, and I pray for you as you journey on; missing your two precious ones.
Thanks for sharing your family's story and your heart with us readers. You truly are an inspirational blessing, with a wonderful gift of writing.

Martha from NC said...

So glad you're having a fun summer. Sounds like the kids are keeping you plenty busy. These are such precious times...enjoy every minute, as they pass so quickly.
Can't believe Catie would be almost 8. Hard to imagine her at that age. I'm sure she continues to watch over you and is so proud of her sweet family.
You remain in my prayers and you continue to inspire me. Thank you for allowing all of us to be a part of your family.

Tammy said...

Glad to hear your enjoying your summer! The kids are getting so big, I see Katie Bug in both of them! They are precious.. Hugs from Fort Worth!

Amanda: said...

Bittersweet, I'm sure. Love the photos - thanks for sharing a little about your lake vacation :)

Jaime said...


I have been following your family since nearly the beginning of Catie's journey. Thank you so much for continuing to share your beautiful family with us! Both of your children resemble Catie, but Izzy is the spitting image!

Anonymous said...

Wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! I'm glad you haven't updated - it shows that life and love moves forward!

Anonymous said...

"Greg" the elf came to visit our home again this year, and I thought of your sweet, little Catie girl...her spirit lives on <3

Julie H.
Bucks County, PA