Capturing Contentment in the Everyday…
For our entire marriage, Haus Meister has wanted to take me to the Smoky Mountains. It was going to be our honeymoon destination originally, until we did an about-face and decided to go to the seaside instead. Any subsequent plans to go to the Smokies were entirely too elaborate for us at the time, until finally, a couple of weeks ago, we came to the realization that we could drive there and back again in a very long day, but we could do it. We could go there. And we did.
Creek-stomping, rock-skipping, toy-boat-chasing summertime fun in a cold mountain stream. Perfect after a long hike. Never knew a 1.3 mile hike could take three hours, until we tried it with four adults and seven children (we picked up Haus Meister’s brother’s family along the way). 😉 Picnicking next to this stream was the highlight of the children’s day in the Smokies. Next time, we joked, we’d skip the hike and go straight to the stream.
Her favorite pastime is chair-tipping. She keeps it within the bounds of the family room, but nevertheless it does get a bit annoying. I was taking a load of laundry downstairs when I heard her push the first chair over. I was downstairs starting the laundry when the second chair went. Rolling my eyes, I went back upstairs, only to find that in the interim she had decided to lay down and take a nap at the scene of her destruction! Yes, I did check for injury and breathing before I got the camera out. 😉
The boys’ coatrack: Summer edition. Everything essential ready to go at a moment’s notice. Swim trunks? check. Towel? check. “John Deere”* hat? check. Fire hat? not a check–that was me getting it off the floor. 😉
* It really isn’t a genuine John Deere apparel item–it was a freebie at the Indiana State Fair from a farming vendor, but it’s a green hat, so to Dino it must be “John Deere.”