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17 July 17

It's been awhile. . .and not that I haven't had time to sit down and update. . .it just seemed I didn't have anything to say.  Then I go through pictures and decide that yes, indeed, my life has been FULL. . .this kind of full. . .

Eating dinner, all six of us together.
Banquet night at camp.
Dog Park.
Sharing meals (and movies!) with our neighbors.
Ohio trips.

No pictures of our first meal together since. . .well. . .I don't know when.  Thomas's graduation party?  But then there were many people there. . .it's been a long summer.

The two oldest left for camp the day after that party and didn't come home until yesterday.

Here is my favorite picture of the two of them from his party though:
No technology at camp!  I love that rule. . .but as a mom I have to re-adjust how to communicate with them and how to remember what I want to tell them (now I understand the lists by the phone that my grandparents would keep for their once-a-wee…
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Happy Father's Day Tom!

The kids were ALL at Camp last week and we finally were all back together for a couple of hours yesterday.  I was able to wrangle a picture because it was Father's Day :)

We tried to go boating but Frederick wasn't feeling well (doesn't look it in this picture but by then he'd had some food, rest, and medicine) so Frederick and I stayed back at camp and the others (plus a friend) went out to the lake.

There were a few gifts:

A UTC DAD t-shirt and grill cover.
(Margaret is there. . .hidden by Marie)

Reflecting, as I often do in the early morning, I came upon this:
November 17, 1998 - probably about 6 a.m.  I know we became parents when we started caring for my body and the child growing inside, but this was the last picture taken of "just the two of us".  My mom, dad, and sister were all there that morning. . .we had arrived at the hospital sometime before 5 and at this time the baby was still named "Amy Robert" -- ha!
Our firstborn arrived at 6:32 …