Sunday, July 8, 2007

Looking ahead

I'm doing something a little different with my reflection this week. Rather than looking back, I'm looking forward. . . The first half of the summer was for kicking back and taking each day as it came along. We had some things on the calendar -- baseball games, piano lessons, some bbq's -- but for the most part, the days were unplanned and we've been enjoying being home. At least the three of us that have been home! On Thursday, I get to begin my summer adventures. This morning I took Dan to the bus stop, where he'll head off to the airport for a two-week business trip. The nice part is, I get to meet him in the middle of it! On Thursday, I'll board a plane and meet him in Philly, where we'll take a few days and travel the area. We'll spend a day visiting my aunt and uncle in New Jersey, a day at the shore and another day visiting Amish country. None of these places is new to me, but having four days alone with my husband is the whole reason behind the trip. Rather than come home for the weekend, he thought it would be nice for us to sneak in a get-away. When I get back, I'll have a week before Dan and Luke and Em and I head up to Granby for a family get-together. We'll spend five days with my family and my "new" step-family. My dad and step-mom (still newly weds of three years), have planned a gathering for all of their 'kids' and grandkids. I can't remember the last time I've been with my brothers and their families for more than half a day. And I'll have two step-brothers and a step-sister and their families along to boot. The trip has been dubbed the "Getting to Know You Tour. . . Together Again for the First Time." It should be fun, and I can't think of a more beautiful setting than in the Colorado mountains. The day after we get home, we'll head to DIA to greet Joe! He'll be home from his 6-week stay in Japan. During the next week, he is completing his Eagle Scout project, and then we'll head off to Lake Powell to spend five days with my brother and his family on a houseboat, and from there drive to California for Dan's family reunion. We'll return just in time to make a run to Target for school supplies, and then the kids start school. What's that about enjoying the journey, not focusing too much on the destination? That will be my goal for the next month. To enjoy each stop along the way, being with each of my family members, and not getting too caught up in what's next and where are we on the calendar? And, of course, I'll be stopping in here to reflect on it all.
For more Weekend Reflections, check out Judi's place.

11 comments:

Lynne said...

Karen, Sounds like you have a lot planned for the next few weeks. Enjoy the time with your family. Oh, when you get to Philly, have a pretzel and a TastyCake for me (preferably a cherry tastypie or a coconut junior!). And say hi to the shore for me - I really miss the shore!

annie said...

Sounds like a lot of fun things in your future. Hope you have a great time!
blessings,
annie

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Nancy Brown said...

AMISH COUNTRY!!! I visited shipshawna indiana once and Amish acres. I love those people and they make killer bread. I hope you have a great upcoming week

Nancy

kim said...

wow! You guys have a ton of fun coming up. Our summer is never that fun-filled. It makes our trip to California this month look paltry!! :)
Seriously---I bet you guys will have a wonderful time re-connecting with so many special people. Have a great time alone with your husband. If you are like us, that kind of thing is a rare event.
*smiles*
Kim

Judi said...

Sounds like a lot to look forward to! I hope you have a great week ahead.

MyUtopia said...

What fun, have a great Time in Philadelphia

Robin said...

Summertime is the best time - even when it is busy like yours! I hope you have a wonderful get-away with your hubby!

gail@more than a song said...

It does sound like you have a lot of upcoming stuff Karen but it all sounds like such fun! Hope your trip with hubby is good too.
Take lots of pics!

pei girl said...

sure sounds like a wonderful vacation please have lots of fun and take plenty of pictures!!(hugs from the Island):0)

kris said...

Sounds like a very fun 2nd half of the summer for you and your family. I especially like the mini vacation you and your husband have planned.