Finally, there’s been a shift in the seasons. But unfortunately, we can only feel it if we drive a bit — so this weekend we drove.
McCall is becoming less and less just Danny’s place and more and more our place.
I’m making a noticeable shift in the things I view as being most important. I’m less concerned about making sure I’m giving and giving (to people who may not want or appreciate or care about it — and believe me, it’s not as if I think everyone should be falling head over heels for me and my ‘giving’, haha. It’s my issue, 100%…) and more concerned about being present for the people who I know love our family, are mindful of their actions and how they affect us, and who set good examples for both our kids and Danny and me. (ooooh, you thought this post would just be about McCall? Silly goose.)
Life is hard, no doubt, but it’s easier when you have a solid handful of people in the latter group.
And sometimes, hanging out with just Danny and the kids is exactly what is perfect.
We took a few hours on Saturday to go hunting for some “really beautiful and shiny crystals” (according to Charlotte) and walked away with some pretty impressive rocks.
It’s easy for me to forget that sometimes the kids just need a little freedom to run around to have the very best time. I’m one who usually thinks a scheduled play date or an activity at a set time in a set place doing a specific thing is what they’d love. But again…I’m shifting. Or trying to, at least! They all had such a great time hiking the rocks, running around, finding the most beautiful and the most unique (half of them being set aside for Bellamy of course) rocks and they all whined when we said it was time to go.
Even the tiniest kitten enjoyed herself.
[she’s getting so big — sprouting teeth and everything]
The rest of our Saturday we spent checking out some lots (we would LOVE to have a place in McCall of our own!), carving pumpkins, roller blading and biking, skateboarding…
…and then had our Hopkins friends over for some sushi.
And drinks. Because….duh.
[malibu rum mixed with pretty much anything is delicious.]
And then they invited us for breakfast — their adorable family of three invited us….a big family of EIGHT…over for pumpkin pancakes, sausage, fruit, and bacon. I mean, of course we accepted the invite.
And we were VERY pleasantly surprised to arrive and see more friends there, too! Audrey and Jared introduced us to their good friends who have two kids, Salem and Cypress, and our kids get along so well. Especially Jamie and Salem. I’m so thankful because Jamie is usually the odd man out, off reading his book or playing video games alone. But with Salem in the mix, they ran crazy and played and laughed it it made me so happy.
And Francesca was in heaven.
When she wasn’t crawling around getting dirty and getting in the way, she had all kinds of attention. Cypress played with her, Audrey held her, she got fed, walked, tickled, you name it. I think she must feel like McCall is just the best.
And just when I feel like maybe we should just pack up and move to McCall, we pull back into our driveway on the Boulevard and see Christian and Tara and then get a text from Lala or Papa and make plans for coffee with friends and I’m reminded that home is pretty incredible, too.
Since I’m a quitter, I have more time for blogging. OH MY GOSH, YOU’RE WELCOME! Apparently I have more time for parties, too, because I’m in the middle of party planning for Halloween and I’ll be blogging it all.