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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Family Visits in Summer

Family Visits in Summer

Last night, I slept for 13 hours.  Yes, I was that tired.  Exhausted but content.  Since Monday we have entertained company, well not really company...I should say family.  Each day we've had 6-8 adults and 2-4 children at our house; family who've joined us for a summertime visit.

We visited with each other, caught up on family news and stories, played cards or paper crafts with the children, had many barbecues, late night conversations under the stars, laughed and sang, enjoyed the summer days and evenings.

It felt a bit like a camp ground here with a Volkswagen camper van in the driveway and a 40 foot RV at the curb.  At bedtime, everyone went off to their own cozy places to rest.

During the day, we played in the pool or caravaned to The Rocks to sight-see and picnic or sat around talking, eating, and drinking Caesars...or doing whatever anyone felt like doing.  We enjoyed each other with no agenda.

Our time together was full of laughter and love.  Though there were many meals to prepare and dishes to clean, laundry to wash and supplies to purchase, there were many hands to help.  It was worth it all to see family, to spend long summer days together and to enjoy each other.

When everyone left, the house had a few extra finger prints and spills to clean, but was so quiet...too quiet.  It was fun to have family come and spend time with us and we are missing them so much already.

Yes, I slept for 13 hours last night.  I am catching up on rest and feeling almost ready for the next batch of family visitors, arriving on Saturday.


Crafty Green Poet said...

looks like you had a great time and that rocky arch with the trees on top is amazing!

dosankodebbie said...

The last photo in this bunch really grabbed me. Such sweetness and good humor wrapped in "tough" garb.

Carol Steel said...


The rocky arch is the result of tidal erosion. The Petitcodiac River has tides that vary from 30 -40 feet between low tide and neap tide. The twice daily surge of water up the river and down has worn away the sandstone cliffs and has left many of these arches or flower pots behind.

And yes, they are amazing.

Carol Steel said...

Hi Debbie,

Your thought... sweetness and good humor in tough garb is actually a good description of Gary. He is a big softie but often looks otherwise.