Maybe I enjoyed our vacation up north a little too much this year. This is a picture of my family up there. I did love being by the lake and always having people around to talk to. I really miss that when I'm home with the kids. I think I would enjoy living in a commune. Depending, of course, on who the other members were. But I loved taking turns fixing meals and eating with a big group of people. I loved how we all just helped each other out with things that needed to be done. And I loved the conversations and the fun activities. How great to be able to easily coordinate a baseball game just by going outside and saying, "Anyone want to play baseball?" I know it's not realistic but it's fun to dream. I'm so glad we decided to do it again next year.
I think I need to start getting out of the house more with all the kids to run errands or go to the library. It is such a hassle with two toddlers and one reluctant 8 year old but it'd probably be good for us occasionally. I haven't been regularly going to the library and I miss that. I know Tori and Brendan would enjoy that - not sure how Rachel and Owen would do there. They're not the quietest toddlers - in fact, they can be quite ear-piercing and I wish I wasn't being literal. But maybe we can start practicing with a couple of quick trips and work our way up. I need to figure out how to make this lifestyle enjoyable for me while also being content in the stage of life I'm in. It is not a stage of life that makes getting out of the house easy or even necessarily enjoyable and yet, if I stay home all day, every day, I go a little crazy. When will it get easier to go places with two toddlers? I thought it'd be this summer but I was being optimistic. Let's see - next summer they will be 2 1/2. They'll listen and hold my hand and not run away and not scream then, right? Just humor me. :) Tell me it's possible.