Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Home

"Home is where the heart is
No matter how the heart lives
Inside your heart where love is
That's where you've got to make yourself
At home"
-Peter, Paul & Mary

I grew up hearing that song.  It pops into my head now and again.  Especially this past week.

A few days ago, we got back from our first family vacation.  We rented a house in the Pocono Mountains and set off for an adventure.  And an adventure we had!  Family came to stay with us for different parts of the week and we did everything from swimming in the lake, jumping off the dock, paddle boating, sunbathing, grilling, walks (or hikes - such a hilly terrain!) and a trip to a local zoo.  We laughed so hard our sides hurt.  We enjoyed the togetherness.  We enjoyed the different environment.  We enjoyed being away.








That being said, Miranda was sick.  Then I got sick.  Then Miranda realized that sleeping in her pack n' play was not nearly as nice as her crib and by the end of the week, started a sleeping boycott.  Then the rain came.  Then the colder weather.  Eventually, we decided to take the warm and fuzzy memories and pack up and head home.
All in all, it was a pretty good week.  Were we more tired when we got home?  Yes.  Is that typical of vacations?  Yes.  Are we going away again any time soon?  Probably not!  Is that typical?  Probably yes!

There was something so special about coming home.  I love our home.  The home where our family began.  The home where Allie's creek runs out back.  A few months ago we talked about moving to a bigger home.  One with a larger yard and a more spacious garage.  One with a playroom or a finished basement.  But the more we talked, the more we realized that this home is our home and we are not ready to part with it yet.  So we are making some improvements so that we can continue to enjoy our time here.  Kitchen renovations started yesterday!  Going to be a long 3-4 weeks but hopefully worth it in the end.

Home really is where the heart is...at least where our heart is.  One in the creek out back and one sleeping soundly in her crib (finally!). 

"All I ever wanted was to make this house a home..." - Indigo Girls

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