Traveling across Iowa and Minnesota the other day to drop my boy with his Grammy for Grammy Camp ... left me with a lot of time to think. There is always something about being alone behind the wheel to get ideas spinning in my brain. That is, in between changing movies, stopping to pee and passing back snacks to the TWO children NOT going to "Grammy Camp!"
What did I think about? The amount of TRAVEL we do as a family in our vehicle. The number of miles we've seen through the mini-van. The number of times I've traveled that same stretch of hidhway over the last ten years of my life. My desires to be a better mama. My burning need to grow my business and being consumed with thoughts on HOW to do that. Luke. OH BOY do I spend a lot of time thinking about Luke. The new school year ... my hopes and dreams for all of the kids. How life is about to change with the school routine ... again. (and bracing myself for the change). Feeling grateful, so grateful, for the fabulous family we have in our lives. And of course, thinking about my baby four year old boy and praying for his good time at Grammy Camp this week (and praying not to miss him too much!).
It seems that with thoughts, come to-do lists. Or sometimes even "should-do" lists. As I head into the fall I find myself excited. I do not want to wish away the summer at all ... but it wasn't exactly the summer of my dreams. I had high hopes of spending a lot of time on our boat ... and there was a flood and lake limitations this year. I had high hopes of enjoying my children more ... and honestly I feel like I was mostly just a mediator of fights and vending machine. Finding time to work was really REALLY hard this summer and I felt like it was always squeezed into my life ... I'd like more time to focus on it and grow it properly. I wanted to be done with house projects by June ... and we (Mike) did house projects all summer long (new appliances, a new AWESOME built in cubby/locker storage/mud room in the garage, new carpet and a new loft bed for Bella -- just finished last week!) I suppose I should share photos of all of that! While those are welcome and awesome additions to our home that make it SO VERY ENJOYABLE ... they were time/energy consuming projects.
So...as the travel winds down (ha! What a joke!) we vow to ENJOY FALL. In this season of new beginnings and fresh starts we vow to enjoy the crisp weather, honeycrisp apples and falling leaves. We vow to enjoy bonfires on the driveway and autumn sunsets. We vow to not take any moment for granted. Yes, as summer winds down and we head into Labor Day weekend I am anxious to enjoy the bit that remains of summer and usher in fall with a big ole smile (and some new boots most likely!).
And those, among others, were my thoughts on the open road.