The fishing pier at the Sunshine Skyway bridge, Tampa, Fl.
The girls in a motor raft at Aunt Kim's house.....too cool Aunt Kim!!!
Syd concentrating hard on navigating the pool in said motor raft.
So, one more week of summer break left, that's all... can't really believe it!!! Next weekend will be August... what the heck did we do all summer? Well, Ashley got sick and needed professional care, mama just didn't cut it. We lost a beloved family member, m-i-l's dog Ellwood passed away after a visit to our place for July 4th. The girls spent their first summer staying home with a teenager babysitting... worked out well. They also went to Nanny's house for a week and that was the first time they'd both spent any length of time away from their doting parents...worked out well. We lost a very close family friend, the grandmother of one of my bestest friends in the world. We welcomed baby Gwen, daughter to Sara and Kenny (cousin's on Hubby's side). Sister (on my side) getting a divorce.... and our house was flooded, leaving us in rented accommodation the size of a postage stamp. Those are some of the low lights and highlights of our summer of '09.
Not to worry though, we're looking forward to a new start in so many ways. We're very thankful for what we have, spending so much time together in a small place makes us realise we are a real team. The girls are growing and they get it... they really get it... they are involved, understanding, wonderful little people and when the family has a crisis they get it. More than once this summer Sydney has said prayers without being prompted, she just knows, she's eight now and such a grown up little eight year old, she told me when we had to figure out the whole flood thing that it's a maze and we'll wiggle through one piece at a time.... I won't ever forget that!!!!
Ashley has grown this summer too, not so many tantrums, more play time with sister without a fuss. She sings well, she reason's well, she loves to paint and create, she's hilarious and most of all she's not a baby any more!!
So back to school they go, we won't be back in the house before they return to school but we'll make the best of it. When we do get back it will be like a brand new place, a new beginning, a new time for our family to move on and grow stronger, tighter and more loving. Bring it on!!!!!!