Catching up

I have been at a loss for words lately, nothing bad, just a bit unsettled.  Usually for me words come first – then I bring in the pictures.  Things have been moving along quickly since school has started.  This is always a difficult adjustment for me. The schedules, practices, games and homework can be overwhelming but the kids take it all in stride and adjust without problems.  Once cold weather settles in, I settle in.  I never realized how much the seasons affect me until now.  I look forward to the cool, crisp air – it energizes me.  I tend to get restless and I feel that in me now. Today I am taking a step back from things and looking inward.

I cannot fit into words these past few weeks.  I can show you what I have seen though, glimpses into our days.  Everyday life as it unfolds around us. A trip to Kings Island, days at the river, the end of training wheels. The return of soccer for the oldest and youngest. A middle child taking a step back from the norm of soccer and spreading her wings to gymnastics, a decision I am so glad we allowed to be hers and hers alone.

Isabella trying to convince me that roller coasters are fun.

Isabella trying to convince me that roller coasters are fun.

These two hang with me in kiddy land while Ben and Isabella ride the big coasters.

These two hang with me in kiddy land while Ben and Isabella ride the big coasters.

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Spending time at the river and the surrounding bike trails.

Spending time at the river and the surrounding bike trails.

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I will have more to post.  A lot of pictures from the Renaissance Festival, some soccer highlights and we will be celebrating the youngest birthday very soon.

Bonaventure Cemetery

One of my favorite parts of our vacation was visiting the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah.  Some may think it is a bit morbid, but the cemetery was absolutely beautiful and very well taken care of.  The headstones ranged from extravagant to very simple.  Below were some of our favorites (sorry, but there are a lot of pictures):

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Wormsloe

While in Savannah we visited the Wormsloe Historic Site which has Savannah’s oldest remaining tabby ruins and beautiful oak trees.  It wasn’t crowded at all and we did not have to rush to take any pictures while driving down the oak-lined lane.  We stopped first at the museum and watched a quick film about the history of Wormsloe and its founder.  The film made the tour of the property much more interesting and you could recognize landmarks and imagine what it would have been like for the families just starting out in a new world.

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Museum and gift shop area. I suggest watching the film before you explore.

Museum and gift shop area. I suggest watching the film before you explore.

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I think I was born to be a Wickie…

Wickies – A nickname given to early lighthouse keepers who spent a great deal of their time trimming the wick on the lamp in order to keep it burning brightly, and to minimize sooting.

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Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same
Year after year, through all the silent night
Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame,
Shines on that inextinguishable light!

A portion from The Lighthouse poem from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  I would love to live in a lighthouse, especially in this one which we saw on our dolphin tour in the atlantic ocean.  Despite the fact that I cannot swim, I think I would love to be surrounded by water.

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