Friday, August 21, 2015

Our Summer

Isle of Palms, South Carolina

I'm not even sure how to put this summer into words, or pictures, because there would be too many of both.  This blog has laid dormant while much life has been lived.  I haven't figured out a way to have time for reflection as my kids get older.  It seems the older they get, the LESS time I get to myself.  I always thought it might be the opposite.  But there's always someone around needing something, no one naps anymore, and bedtimes are later and later.

But I do miss it… reflecting on life in written form.  Growing up, I kept a journal.  I guess that morphed into scrapbooking, and then blogging.  I want to try to do it more this year.  

So back to this summer.  There was an awful lot of normal happenings… trips to the grocery store, getting the oil changed, cleaning house and morning chores.  There were also magical things… long afternoons at the pool with friends, a baseball team filled with sweet families, a wedding in the mountains, vacationing in Durango with dear friends, my first trip to the beach in over a decade, my kid's first trip to the beach ever, and a family reunion in South Carolina with family we almost never get to see.  It's hard to sum up all those different experiences.  There were so many moments that I wanted to freeze time.  My boys are getting older and they won't live in our home forever (hopefully, right? ;).  It makes me sad to think that we won't all live under the same roof the rest of our lives.  I'm breathing it all in, especially in these slow summer moments… watching them play in the sand as the sun sets, or as they spend hours throwing rocks in Colorado, or as they go off the diving board for the hundredth time for the week.  

Hopefully, I'll get around to posting some pictures soon.
But until then, I'm feeling thankful to God, the giver of ALL things, for the summer of 2015.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Casual Beach Pics {Isle of Palm 2015}

ALL of the Roembke clan in one photo
(minus Eric, we missed you, Eric!)
It was an epic vacation.  So many families together under one roof, in a beautiful location, right outside Charleston.  I want to go back!

{Greeting the beach... so happy to be here}

This was our first beach vacation.  I think I wondered why we hadn't done this sooner about a hundred times that week.  I regretted that I didn't have pictures of my boys when they were little, their chubby hands and feet covered in sand.  Live and learn, I guess... now I know I want to take my little kids and and their kids on beach vacations (did I just say that?... that makes me feel very old!)

There's really no needed captions for these pictures.  I had a hard time taking pics on this trip with my big camera.  It is SO humid there, and even though I kept my big camera on the porch for most of the trip, sometimes I forgot, and then the pics are kinda foggy.