This was another HOT weekend for us here in Sacramento. But also such a fun one! Zack and I had a good talk on Saturday night, while lying in bed after a particularly long day (kids and summer colds- whyyyy!) about this summer. I’m sure you’ve seen the meme going around, something along the lines of “we only have 18 summers with our kids- make them good ones” or something like that… And man, I don’t know. It really stuck with me. Some of my favorite memories from my childhood were our vacations we took. They didn’t have to be anything elaborate or luxurious (hardly!), but just the being together and going on adventures- they stuck with me and I always smile thinking about them. And I want the same for our kids!
Ever since Sam’s diagnosis and all of the therapy he’s in, I’ve had this “stuck” feeling. Like, so much of our life (the important things in our life!) are here in our home town, and it’s so hard to change our scenery. But it’s so important, too. And I don’t want to feel like we’re “stuck” in our circumstances. I don’t want to feel SCARED to go on adventures as a family because of what might be. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to look different than before kids, or heck even different from other families, and that’s OKAY. It’s beautiful. Because it’s US. So we sat down and made a list of adventures for the summer. Most of them are small little day trips close to home, but I’m dreaming of a bigger one that will hopefully play out this summer, too… We shall see. If you’re the praying type, a little prayer would be oh so helpful. ;)
Some photos from our weekend. Nothing crazy, but it was a fun one nonetheless.
Checking out the desserts. Something so special about that daddy/daughter bond. They’re so lucky to have each other.
And I’m so lucky to have HIM. His sweet smile lights up my days.
And these two. My summer babies.
And cheers to lots more adventure to come!
Do you have any summer adventures you love to do or have planned this year with your family? I’d love to hear!
My husband and I have talked about the same thing. Definitely lots of memories with siblings on trips, whether big or small. I want that for my kids. Something about traveling makes bonding even stronger, ya know? You have such a beautiful family, the love you all have for each other just radiates and I have never even met you! Also, where is Sam’s map shirt from?
Aww you are so sweet!! :) Yes, memories are so special!! Sam’s map shirt is from H&M! Here’s the link: https://rstyle.me/n/c6i7enstuw
Family adventures and traveling are so important to me! We try to take at least one trip a year… this year’s is pretty big — Hawaii!!! because I got an AMAZING deal on tickets — in August! I’m so excited for that one! Would love to hear the adventures you guys planned!
Ahhh that is SO exciting!!! Some day we will do Hawaii- I’ve never been myself! :) Have the best time, girl. And definitely blog your trip, and any tips you have for family travel!
Family adventures are so important. But I think you should also remember that what your kids will remember are simple things. I went on elaborate vacations with my family and of course cherish those memories. More so, I cherish the many, many summer weekends spent at the lake an hour and a half from my house (Lake Almanor if you’re wondering – it’s not terribly far from Sac). Where all we did was BBQ, go boating, ride bikes, catch fish. That is the magic of my childhood and things like that are easy to achieve. It doesn’t have to be expensive, you don’t have to go far. Create that magic for your kids, but don’t overthink it. Your joy will become theirs, that is what they’ll remember.
Agreed, 100%! :) Adventures are adventures- no matter the cost or distance! We went to the river today with friends and just played and explored, it was simple, it was quick and easy, it was right in our own backyard, it was FREE, it was spontaneous- and it was SO MUCH fun. Good reminder!