Last week I took the kids up to the cabin. We got up there Tuesday and got back yesterday. My husband joined us Fri. night. It was really nice to have some visitors during the week. Terri and her kids came up Wed.-Thurs. and Cyndi came with her kiddos all day Thurs. It was fun to have some time to share with my friends as well as have the kids play with theirs. At one point there were 11 kids, ages 2-13! They remarkably got along pretty well. The little ones would throw things in the lake (floaties, sand toys, beach balls) and the older kids would all pile in the paddle boat and hurriedly “rescue” the floating object. They had lots of fun with that one. For the most part there was just a lot of running around and playing just like when we were kids (except for the added fun of an iPad and Nintendo DSi).
The last two nights the kids set up tents in the yard for a mock camping trip. The boys made it all night in the tent, the girls had to come in (spooky footsteps!). But they had a fun time.
For the most part it was an enjoyable week, but I can tell that the 8 people in our home no longer need to spend every waking hour together (thus they invented school) so I have officially set my sights on the transition to school now. Two more weeks. As a former teacher I love the excitement that comes with a new school year. I am excited for my kids and I think they are ready to get back with their friends and into another new groove.