Since I have so many blog ideas swirling in my head but obviously can't seem to get them on the actual blog, I'm participating in 7 Quick Takes Friday. Maybe this will be a good way to get these things out.
|My lounge chairs for the week|
YES! Our kids are too much like us. They absolutely loved going to the beach, hanging by the pool, grabbing a fruity drink or two and even reading in the shade. The only scheduled activity we had each day was mealtime. And even then, it was pretty loosey goosey. We played on the beach, hung out in the pool, built sand castles and the adults found time to take a nap on a lounge chair. We didn't leave the resort the whole time we were in Mexico. No excursions, no nothing. Just downtime. I know that's not a vacation for everyone, but our family enjoyed it.
The big joke at dinner time when the kids would ask us a question was, "I'd google that, but wait, I can't!" And you know what? The world went on even though we didn't get the answer to that seemingly important question.
You know what's funny? When we landed back in Houston I didn't want to turn my phone on. I'd enjoyed being unplugged so much that I didn't really want it to end. Without my phone I was able to enjoy what was right in front of me and focus on the present without worrying about what I should be doing or what I was missing. Not being connected 24/7 gave me the opportunity to just relax. I know there is a big life lesson in there for me that I am trying really hard to grasp now that I'm back.
|Selfie of the family watching a US World Cup game at a local movie theater|
Watching the games, we learned so much about soccer strategy, penalty kicks and witnessed feats of amazing athleticism. And I discovered how much my kids already knew about geography! Birdie was always quick to tell us what countries bordered the country in question, what language they spoke and something else interesting about it. Who knew?? As an added bonus to this new family watching event, my girls now throw things for my son to hit with his head (think Webkinz flying across the room for him to "head" into a make believe goal). Quite funny.
I'm actually sad it is ending this weekend and that we can't watch the final game between Argentina and Germany. We will dropping our kids off at Summer Camp on Sunday. Which leads me to #4...
My kids leave for summer camp this weekend. All three of my kids for a whole entire week. What in the world??? I think my excitement of having a whole week to myself (and with my husband of course) is muting any anxiety of my youngest going away to camp for the first time. The kids are really, really excited to go back to The Pines Catholic Camp in East Texas and I'm excited for them to have a great camp experience that is also filled with faith.
The big question for while they are gone - do I attempt to tackle all the crazy projects I've been putting off forever or just lay on the couch watching BBC Masterpiece tv shows all week? Both are tempting...
I did manage to score a wonderful roomie - Lisa Schmidt of The Practicing Catholic. Not only does she have the best name in the world, she is a crazy nice and fun person. I'm really looking forward to spending time with her over the weekend.
AND, there is this shoe thing! At the Friday night cocktail party, they are giving an award for crazy shoes. So much pressure! What to wear AND now I have to think about shoes?? Geez. Of course, I do have these turquoise heels with bows that I bought on a whim 2 years ago and have never worn. Is it too much to try to find an outfit to match turquoise shoes?
The second book was one already on my Kindle and on a whim I started it. The Shadow of His Wings: The True Story of Fr. Gereon Goldmann was something I just couldn't put down. It is the "astonishing true story of the harrowing experiences of a young German seminarian drafted into Hitler's dreaded SS at the onset of World War II." I don't want to describe it much more than that and give away his entire story in case you don't know it. That's all I knew when I started the book and was startled by the turn of events throughout Fr. Goldmann's life. The most improbable things happen to this young seminarian attempting to follow God while serving in the Nazi army and SS in World War II. Stuff this crazy only happens in real life. And as an added bonus, the epilogue reveals the work God called Fr. Goldmann to after the end of the war. This book is worth reading.
My last book was a recently released fiction thriller called, The Code Within by SL Jones. It was a pretty good read if you like Vince Flynn and Brad Thor's books. There was a little too much computer/technical jargon, but the lead character was charismatic enough to keep me reading through several more books. This is the first book in a new series so I will reserve my final judgement until the next in the series.
Now I'm off to start Ken Follett's Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy. What are you reading this summer?
I guess my Seven Quick Takes should be called my Seven "not so quick" Quick Takes. How is your summer going at this almost mid-way point?