Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Farewell to Summer

We go camping every Memorial, July 4th and Labor Day weekend, as most of you know. This past weekend was the last planned family camp of the season. We have a blast and always look forward to every weekend, so Labor Day is always bittersweet. It signifies the end of summer, the end of camping, the end of these planned get-togethers for quite some time.

Now, I'm not the neatest person ever. My house gets messy, my floors sometimes go a day or two without being swept, and my laundry has been known to sit folded on the living room couch for days. But one thing that drives me nuts is when my kids get super nasty dirty. Well, if you read the paragraph above, it's hard to combine camping with clean kids. But I try. And sometimes, I fail or I just give up and let them be kids.

The other afternoon, we did s'mores with the kids. Mikayla was so excited and chowed into hers like there was no tomorrow. My neat-kid side was screaming, but I let her be and allowed her to just enjoy it. After the first s'more was eaten by a misunderstanding lug of a puppy, who thought Mikayla was offering her the s'more instead of just showing it to her, I even made her another and let her go to town. It almost killed me, but she just loves her s'mores and I just love how happy they make her. And it makes for a cute picture, too...

Today is Tuesday and Emily over at Chatting at the Sky has restarted Tuesdays Unwrapped, which are all about being and seeing the bigger picture of things, or maybe the tiniest moment of peace in a stressful day, or letting something go that's not that important anyway. If you'd like, please visit her blog. She rocks.

5 comments:

Dawn said...

after quite a few years of camping with kids i have learned that do matter how manyt imes they wash their hands (or whatever else is filthy!)the dirt just finds them again! good for you for letting her be just a bit messy... and a lot cute!

Richella said...

It would be hard to beat the cuteness of that little s'more-covered face. Thanks for sharing that adorable image with us!

Boy Crazy said...

cute. i live in wisco too, but with 3 boys. lots of camping over here too, but after 6 years of it I have gotten used to the dirty. :)

Jo@Mylestones said...

"letting something go that's not important anyway"...I SO relate. And I'm taking this as my own personal reminder to let it go (whatever the "it" may be) and ENJOY the moment.
Thanks for this!

emily said...

Hi Candy! Thanks for linking up! I'm with you: I can let a floor go now and then but when the kids start to need sweeping, I go nutso. Good for you for letting this one go :) And thanks for sharing these sweet thoughts with us.