It Was Quiet For Awhile

It wasn’t quiet at this moment, obviously.

It was pretty quiet for a little while.

It was quiet on the blog.

And it was quiet at home all last week which could only mean that there were no kids in the house.

It was true: Martin and the kids and Patches Der Hund were off in Ohio and enjoying two weeks of summer vacation while I got to stay behind for work.

As much as I missed them, I also enjoyed the silence in the house and setting my own pace in the mornings. And all the laundry was done.

It allowed me to focus on a few things I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. Like read a book from cover to cover within a few days.

I can’t remember the last time I did that.

Meanwhile, Martin and the kids were off visiting museums, and kayaking nearly every day, and attending barbecues with aunts, uncles, and cousins.

It makes me so happy they have these summertime experiences stored in their memory banks now.

This week, though, everyone is home and under one roof again, meaning the noise is back, along with the constant hum of activity.

Martin served his first weekend of Air Force Reserve duty, and though most of it involved hours and hours of in-processing and introduction briefings, he did get to meet people from his new unit.

During the week days, though, he and the kids have been making the rounds: visiting the splash park, the playground, the museums.

And the stinky corpse flower at the US Botanical Gardens.

We hope you are enjoying your summer, too!


They’re smiling because it doesn’t smell like death yet.