Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Long break... seems strange that I have been away from my home, my computer and my friends for so long now.

I have to admit I have been in the dumps a little lately and need to get back on track with life and all that it has to offer. One of those pull yourself up by your bootstraps and move on moments for me.

In order to do that I must get back to my blog and share with you all those things that bring a smile to my face. I had originally planned on blogging while on vacation but the Internet connection was terribly slow and would have taken me all day.

Besides that, it would not have been a true vacation if I spent all my time on the computer. Instead I enjoyed my kids, watching them in a familiar setting but another year older.

It is amazing how much they change from year to year and how quickly that time passes. Mac was most independent this year as he tried to hang with his older cousins. When I say older they are 19 and 23 but, they had so much love and respect for Mac it melted my heart.

They treated him like a big kid and even spent time playing games together and watching Mac in his first appearance at Karaoke night. Yes, he sang in front of everyone! (Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer)

For those of you that know me personally, you understand that I can be painfully shy in large groups. Mac obviously has no problem with that and rocked out on air guitar with full gusto.

Hannah and Shea both had a great time. Again, very independent while playing, entertaining themselves most of the time.

Our cottage is right on the beach and has a play set right next door. Just to the right of our cottage is a pier where they could fish or just watch the fish. Up the pathway there is the game room where they could spend some quarters on all kinds fun activities. These were the areas where they were free to roam as long as they told us where they were going.

It gives them such a sense of responsibility and a chance to grow a more independent. I must stress it breaks my heart every step they take towards that independence, but I know in my heart the goal as a mom/parent is to give them the tools and confidence they need to take on all that the world has to offer.

It was a great vacation...just next time remind me to relax a little more. I was called "Martha" one too many times for all my "accessories"


Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Hi Janet! So nice to hear that you and the family had a great time. Your kids look like they had a blast! I know what you mean about them growing up and becoming independent. Today is my Son Mathias' 18th B-day and he is celebrating it in England!!! I took him to the airport yesterday and couldn't wait until he called me to let me know he was OK. The phone call came at 2:00 in the morning, what a relief!! Now I need to suffer until the next phone never ends, doesn't it???

Firefly Hill said...

Looks like so much fun Janet! Sorry to read that you were down in the dumps ... hope you are feeling better!


NicNacManiac said...

Nothing like some warm comments from all of your pals to bring you back from the doldrum!
Your children look delightful and I am sure everyone had a fantastic time with Martha making their lives much easier.
Have a fantabulous day!!
Hugs xOxO, Nerina :)

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Hi Janet! Glad your back and that your family had a great vacation! Beleive it or not, I am back on a mini vacation...yes I am at the computer, just a few minutes though. The older kids went with dad to go see the Harry Potter movie. So lil bug and I are hanging out and am suppossed to be getting dressed to go have dinner with them in a couple of hours. I am sorry to hear you have had some down days. I do understand this and just want you to know I send you a ((hug)) and smile :) your way!

Hugs to you friend,
Oh, I too have been called Martha many times...I take that compliment...after all she is the queen of creativity! ;)

Tiedupmemories said...

We all go through our ups and downs. No fun being down. Our kids are always there to pick us up and stop and make us think about life. At least mine do! I love your pictures!"Thank God for small favors" Mary englebreit quote... Love that one. Take Care.

Tara said...

Morning Janet, glad that you had a great vacation and had time to get back to what makes you happy. your children look like they had a wonderful time...thanks for sharing~

Artfulife said...

So glad to hear that you had such a lovely time. It's hard to watch our little ones grow up isn't it? Your kids are just adorable. Hope you feel a little less blue and have a wonderful rest of the week.

Tracey said...

Glad you're back and that you had such a lovely time! Your kids look so happy - they must have had a blast. Talk to you soon...

Linda said...

Glad you are back!!! Darling children! Yes, it's hard to see them growup....but thankful they do! And they grow into such wonderful people!

Linda said...

Glad you are back!!! Darling children! Yes, it's hard to see them growup....but thankful they do! And they grow into such wonderful people!