I guess it is the end of summer. Sigh. I love having my kids at home. I love not having to get up at any particular time. I especially love not having to get up early. Like before 9 or 10. I know, I grumble too much. But I am excited for this new year. I am so glad that my children have the opportunity to go to school and learn. I am looking forward to having a quiet house. I like having these changing seasons in life - it's never boring!
basking in the sun, and pretending I'm warm
To celebrate Labor Day (and to make up for not using our season passes, not once!), we went to the waterpark. It was to be a day filled with water slides and lazy rivers and wave pools and laying in the sun and trying to avoid sunburn. Unfortunately, the day was cloudy and unseasonably cool, which meant that only the most daring of the boys even wanted to get in the water. The wave pool was somewhat warm, but the breeze was uncomfortably cold. It didn't take long for the littlest ones to get chilled through, and want nothing more than to be swaddled in a big, dry towel.
We even managed to visit with Ben, who has spent his summer with crazy-busy hours as a manager of the food areas. He looks good in his no-nonsense black non-slip shoes! I'm glad he got a good job for the summer and has been able to save up money for college.
Yeah, we didn't last very long. Hooray for not getting sunburned, though! And now the kids can't say I never took them to the waterpark. It was just too much of a challenge to gather up the strength, all of them, and Opa. He didn't want to come today, so that made it possible for us to come.
I was able to snap a picture of everyone but Ben, who was busy working, and David, who had a splendid time on the water slides in spite of the cold. He is our most adventurous one, after all. Sometimes I wonder if the effort to have a family outing is worth it, but I love to see the happy in their faces. We're making memories, at least!