i was away with some sweet friends this weekend.
a few days to connect, rest, renew and make memories.
in ways it was hard to justify the time away.
time away from the pace of spring.
time away when summer isn't too far off.
but just like the butterflies we hatched this spring.
little caterpillars that quickly grow to be big fat caterpillars.
that build a small cocoon around themselves.
that stay inside for more than two weeks.
then nibble a hole, wiggle themselves out and become a beautiful butterfly.
we mamas know this abbreviated eric carle tale all too well.
this weekend was like a two day cocoon.
a transformative rest after days and weeks of quick & productive growing.
a time to nibble a hole and wiggle (hee hee) into the home stretch.
a time to hatch, stretch, spread and enjoy a new set of wings.
because while the kids sing songs, get certificates and report cards
to mark the end of a school year.
we parents don't get any fancy awards or certificates for making it through.
we don't even get an attendance record!
but it sure is quick and productive, isn't it?
and we sure are ready to spread these wings and fly into summer.
oh yes, yes we are.
here are a few of our family apples, pears, plums, strawberries & oranges...
chocolate cake, ice cream cone, pickle, swiss cheese, salami, lollipop, sausage, cupcake & watermelon...
a bit of our life eating these last few weeks.
|spring soccer conditioning|
|heritage day irish lad|
|planting and cleansing|
|and lots of oiling|
|annual egg hunts at the farm|
|new york day trips|
|little feminist treasures for mama's meetings|
|team meetings in the barn|
|coach and player|
|sideline sister sweetness|
|daddy daughter sweetness|
|mrs. mcgregor and her rabbit|
|hands & basket full strategy teaching|
|scrubbing and creating|
|adventuring at home|
|adventuring in nyc|
|girl scout adventures|
|mama & her scout|
|life guard on duty with the scouts|
|snuggles and bonded|
|cousin rocket launch|
|launching into youth group|
|journey through acts with mcc|
|best seat at the stadium|
|team runs in the rain|
|final blue belt training|
|new green belt rank|
|boys of baseball|
|boys of lax|
|girls of defoyd backyard farm|
|chicks just being chicks|
|boys just being boys|
|defoyd backyard farm band practice|
|defoyd backyard farm barn bash|
|kiddo snack buffets|
|smelly poopin' with company|
|principal office offender|
|keynote speakers also set off the fire alarm|
|my lil' barista|
|gus the dog and the gardener|
|soooo much rain|
|and...soooo soon summer will be here.|
so let's spread our wings and fly.
we got this.