We spent the day today with friends who returned to visit from out of town, and with those who remain close in our hearts and our town. It felt a bit surreal - we are all expecting the change that comes with back to school just around the corner, while we are still trying to adjust our lives to reflect the change of those who are no longer close geographically, but who remain close in our hearts.
JP and I took this week off to spend with the girls. We didn't have a whole lot planned ahead of time, but wanted to end the summer with a bang.
I discovered last week that JP's niece was home visiting from Europe, and that her younger sister was preparing to move to her new college dorm. The first activity we arranged, therefore, was a trip down to Virginia to see the girls' older cousins, whom they adore. It was a quick trip, but well worth it, as we had a wonderful visit with both nieces, and with JP's sister and brother-in-law.
After another day to regroup, take J to her allergist, and put up 9 dozen ears of corn to freeze, JP suggested a day trip for white water rafting. Having never done this before, I was a bit anxious, but eager to try.
The day of our rafting trip, we woke to a torrential downpour. It poured the entire hour and a quarter it took to drive to the river. By the time we were fitted out with life jackets and water shoes, the rain had stopped, but it remained misty and cool. After 2 hours on the water, we stopped at a small beach, and hiked a short way into a clearing in the woods where we ate our lunch of sandwiches and fruit. We hiked back out to the water, and found the sun shining, and the sky blue for the remainder of our trip. We had a really fun time, and the girls are already asking when we can go again!
This is how our last week of summer vacation flew by. It was busy, it was fun, it was spontaneous, it was memorable...just how a summer vacation should be.