Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer fun.

Today's post is a happy one because our weekend was happy, good. But the song on my heart right now is Worn by Tenth Avenue North. The chorus is on repeat in my head.

Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That you can mend a heart
That’s frail and torn
I wanna know a song can rise
From the ashes of a broken life
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn
Cause I’m worn

The week before me is daunting, hard. I find that happens a lot in life. The good mixed right in there with the bad. I have one kid who sees the good in most things and another who sees the hard in most things. The life lesson I'm trying to remember and trying to teach is that life is made up of good and hard parts and the hard parts don't take away from the good. They are two pieces of the same pie. Two sides of the same coin.

Here's the good part in all of its beautiful, summer, weekend glory!

Here in Minnesota, we earn our summers. In winter, on the good days, we sled and ski, make snowmen and sip hot cocoa. On the rotten days, of which there were many this year, we tuck our heads, pull up our hoods, add some layers, and endure it. It is a long icy road to summer, so once summer finally gets here we feel obligated to live it up. While the weekend started rainy and cool and even though we aren't quite done with our schoolwork for the year, we had a great weekend welcoming summer.
Friday night: Tenth Avenue North at Joyful Noise

Isaac and I had a blast together and had to dance to keep warm
What a blast! This is the first year that we've gone to the Friday concerts at Joyful Noise. Isaac is old enough to be up late two nights in a row so he and I put on our rain gear and headed out. Thankfully it only rained for about 20 minutes, but they were 20 chilly minutes. Dancing and jamming to Tenth Avenue North helped keep us warm. What a treat to share that night with my first baby.
Saturday morning: Asher oversaw the construction of a rainy day fort

Fort fun
Saturday morning dawned cold and stormy. Our Joyful Noise plans were in jeopardy since we aren't dedicated/crazy enough to load up the four kids and go stand in the 55 degree rain for the day. The kids built a fort and practiced their Harry Potter spells, complete with chopsticks for magic wands, while we waited out the rain. The rain stopped, Asher woke up from his afternoon nap, and we headed for the concert.
Saturday afternoon: The whole family goes to Joyful Noise

Elliot plays ball

Asher snuggles in
First we hung out by the bouncy houses and kid activities. Man oh man, it was a sloppy mess, but the kids had fun climbing and bouncing.
Family selfie
Then we headed over to the concert area in time to hear Lincoln Brewster and Mandisa. By 7 it was time to bring Asher home and Audrey decided to head back with me so we could start watching Anne of Green Gables. The bigger boys and Jim stayed to hear Steven Curtis Chapman and MercyMe. What a great Saturday!
Sunday morning: first day at the beach this summer

trying to catch fish with their sand buckets

Asher's first time at the beach. He loved the water, but did not like the sand

Four kids at the beach for the first time!
We slept in, as much as our kids sleep in, on Sunday and had a lazy, read the paper and have a slow breakfast, kind of morning. It was just delicious. Then we decided to take advantage of the slight breeze and gorgeous sunshine for our first beach day of the summer. It was perfection. Nowhere to be, nothing on the agenda. Just four kids, some water, and the sand waiting to be dug up and splashed and waded in. It was a gorgeous day.

We finished Sunday with a birthday party at a neighbor's house and a bike ride for Audrey and me. We soaked up every minute of sun this weekend. This week brings school testing for Audrey, doctor's appointments, and lots of baseball. It was wonderful to have a weekend to breathe deeply, sing loudly, dance crazily, and celebrate our time together as a family.

What did you do this weekend? Relax? Work? Play? Or maybe all of the above.

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