Thursday, December 27, 2012
All Kids In The CAV
It's been a glorious Christmas with all chicks back in the nest...College boy is home again after a 4 month stretch! Nothing makes a Mama happier than having all of her children home. It's been the best gift.
College has been good for him and he is very, VERY, happy there! It's an amazing experience to watch your children grow into their own individual lives...They are out in the world making it their own, making decisions that shape their future, without your daily guidance. It's a very strange feeling. Our prayers fly with them and we cherish when they make it back into the nest again. They are always our children but new blessings come as we get to know them as adults. We are all embarking on new and unchartered ground. He feels the transition and so do we.
The best thing we did was load all kids in the CAV (Catholic Assault Vehicle) a week before Christmas and head to the snow...Just our family for 2 nights. A fellow firefighter offered up his humble abode to us and we were able to spend quality (concentrated) time, together. It was a time of getting to know college boy in a new way. It was a time for college boy to reconnect with all of us. Just 2 nights was all we needed for some good bonding with a little bumping and
bickering grinding too:)
We couldn't remember this little one ever playing in the snow...It's been a few years since we've ventured out in the great white! Isn't it wonderful when little ones fit right into their older sibling hand-me-downs?
We had a couple of bins filled with old snow clothes and MIRACULOUSLY, we outfitted the whole family without a single purchase! Yes, snow angels DO exist:)
We had fun watching movies,
playing cards, and just hanging out.
A day of ice skating was a treat!
Everyone helped teach the littlest one how to do it!
Dad had to sit out due to some tendonitis going on...But the rest of us had a blast!
I did fall once and bumped my hip pretty good but luckily just a bruise! We had a day pass so we came back and skated at night:)
Thank you, Lord for a special time.
The scenery was spectacular at this lake that never freezes!
How funny that we were standing on a snow-covered beach...Playground and all!
It is true that the present moment really is the best present...In this sense, Christmas came early at our house.