We ARE the Vacation

This summer has been quite a whirlwind of visitors and fun, fun, fun!  We have had 3 different sets of visitors that have each stayed a minimum of 6 days and nights with us, with the longest being 9 days and 8 nights.

PHEW!  I’m tired just thinking about it!

But as I’ve been saying to myself in a mantra like state “we are stressed because we are blessed“.  And it is absolutely true.  The constant what are we going to feed these people? and how are we going to entertain these vacationers? were certainly weighing heavily on my mind.  However, after stopping and remembering that all of these friends and family groups all took the time and effort and hard-earned money to actually stay with us and be part of our family was nothing short of miraculous to me.

rich and debbie eating smores


smore's with Ash


Store’s night!  (notice the essential bug repellent spray…. the humidity brings all the bugs to the yard….)

Bradyn casting with Warren


Blake casting


Jeff casting with Brian and Ben


Here is our friend and daddy teaching how to cast for fish… in the yard.  Miss Ariel was excited that her fishing pole was pink!  I was proud of all of the kids.  They all were enjoying themselves and look forward to when we can take them out on the water to test their skills.

Uncle Mike with Ben and Brian

And of course good ole fashioned family time with the kids Uncle and Aunt (not pictured).  We enjoyed each others company immensely.  Lake days, pizza at the local farm, game nights, trips to the famous Mall of America, and of course an introduction to the next door dairy farm were in store for many of our summer time guests.

These are the moments that make life worthwhile.  They are also the moments that make this momma need a nap.