The kids are back to school this week. Two juniors, a 6th grader, 5th grader, and 2nd grader.
I'm never thrilled when school starts, but I usually take it in stride fairly well. I feel like this was the hardest summer to let go of yet.
We wanted to enjoy one last day of adventure before Labor Day weekend crowds and the start of school, so last Thursday Mitch took the day off work and we headed out with the three younger kids. (Mason & Eric had football practice. But they had these same kinds of adventures when they were younger.)
We went to Duluth and ended up retracing some of the places we'd just been for our anniversary, only this time the sun was shining & we saw them through the eyes of our kids.
Here they are out on Park Point, loving Lake Superior.
I couldn't ask for more perfect moments to savor summer. Sitting in the warm, fine sand, the sound of wind & waves & laughter, watching their bliss.
I was pretty sure they were feeling their inner Karate Kid below.
Rocky and Apollo, too.
We forgot to bring swim clothes or dry clothes, so they rolled up their pants
to get their feet wet and run in the sand. Gradually the waves kept
catching them higher & higher though, and they got wetter & wetter. Especially Beau, he eventually went all in. That's what summer days are made for. We had a towel & made due from there.
Beau was bursting with joy and energy these last moments of summer as a seven year old.
He practiced handstands. Eric is our other handstand kid - Beau is reminding me of that. Eric was always trying to walk on his hands when he was younger, and showed us the other night that he can still do it pretty well even though he hasn't practiced in a while.
Johnathan is such an observer and thinker. He watched the waves like this for the longest time. Sometimes I observe him, and think about what he's thinking. :) I wondered if he was counting them.
This year our 6th grade was moved upstairs to a middle school format. He now changes rooms & teachers all day and walks the halls with 6-12th graders between classes. I was so nervous for him. He's doing just fine.
It hardly seems possible that Lilly is in 5th grade already. She's been enjoying lots of time with her best friend, which reminds me of being that age. She's growing up quickly. I'm thankful she's content being the 10 years old she is, and not trying to be 16 (or 20).
This was only one stop in our adventure as we chased what was left of summer.
We had such a fun day.
Peace, Love, and Warm Summer Memories,