Thursday, July 9, 2015


“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” 
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

For the past five summers, our family has rented a house up in New Hampshire on a lake.  Both the houses and the lakes have varied, as we like to change things up each time we go back.   And, if I'm being totally honest, some of our house selections have been...well...interesting (see 'Max for the Minimum').  But, regardless of the location or the state of the rental, we've always had a total blast.  This year, we've changed things up a bit.  Instead of going with just the four of us, we've ventured out with the entire crew from Jeff's side of the family.  There are 11 of us - 2 grandparents, 4 parents, 5 cousins (ages 8-13) and 3 dogs.  It's madness, in the best of ways.  A typical day for the kids goes something like this:

7ish - wake-up
8ish - eat breakfast
9ish - swim
10ish - eat second breakfast
11ish - swim, kayak, fish or tube
12ish - eat lunch
1ish - 4ish - head out for a boat swim, fish or tube
5ish - swim, play, chill
6ish - eat dinner
7ish-9ish - sit by the campfire, eat s'mores and run around with sparklers
10ish - pass out

Sure, there's been time for a few other things.  We've made some trips to town, eaten a few meals out, hit the local farmer's market; stuff like that.  I've even managed to get a couple runs in; enjoying some slow, hilly miles on the long, dirt roads in the surrounding area.  But, the focus has been on the kids, the water and not much else.  Next week, all five cousins are headed off to camp, the dads will be back at work and the moms will be back in deal mode.  And as we move into this next phase of summer, the magic of this week will begin to fade into memories.  But, for now, the water is calling and so are my kids.  1, 2, 3......

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