Friday, August 28, 2009

Summer Fun

There are several topics I've been wanting to blog about, but I haven't had 5 minutes to sit at the computer! No time to read blogs lately either - I'll just have to catch up when the kids go back to school next week.

My kids packed an enormous amount of fun into this last week of summer, and I am hugely grateful that they were well enough to enjoy it all!

On Monday, my friend Amy bravely accompanied 5 boys to Dorney Park, a local amusement park. They were gone from 8 am until 11 pm. I really appreciated what Amy did because a day like that is way beyond my capabilities, and the kids all had a blast riding roller coasters and water slides all day.

Jamie and Craig were a little tired on Tuesday but really not too bad, considering all they had done the day before. They took it easy most of the day, and Craig and I went to buy his school supplies.

On Wednesday, we made our annual trip to a local state park to play in the creek. Amy and her son came along, as well as another friend, Marti, and her kids, plus my boys and another friend. This to me is the quintessential summer day - we walked up the creek, swam in the pools, the boys caught crawfish, slid down a muddy bank, and (being boys) threw wet t-shirts and mud balls at each other! They had a great time, and I got to enjoy the cool creek and chat for hours with my two closest friends. We got back to the house in time for me to grab a quick nap before Craig's meet-the-teacher night.

Then, yesterday, Jamie had a belated birthday party. We had 8 boys here - I took them to the park, where they played football, soccer, and ultimate frisbee, then to the pool to cool off, then back here to the house for a sleep-over. They were up until 2:30 am (quite a feat for my boys who normally go to bed at 8:30!!), and I made a big batch of pancakes this morning.

Can you believe that two kids with CFS did all this in one week? (not to mention Mom!) I am amazed and so grateful that they can do all this now. Thank goodness for Florinef - we consider it a miracle drug here. And it's just so nice in the summer to let the kids do all this stuff without worrying about school absences and make-up work.

And guess what we're doing this weekend? NOTHING! That's why we planned the sleepover for Thursday and not Saturday - now the boys have several days to just rest and recover before school starts (Monday for Craig and Wednesday for Jamie). I'm looking forward to reading and watching DVDs this weekend!

It's been a great summer - so much better than last year (i.e. The Year of Lyme). Hope yours was as good as ours!


  1. What a great story; lovely pictures, and such a handsome son you have!

    I love his big smile, and so glad you've all had a great summer.

    Now that our triple digit weather will start to leave us in mid-September, I'm looking forward to being able to go outside and enjoy our 'fall and winter' since our temperatures are more like summer and spring, respectively.

    Glad for your good news and better health! Diane

  2. So lovely to read about normal family stuff. Can you send some of your weather over please? We've had the Atlantic Jetstream over us all Summer long dumping water it picked up in the ocean right on our doorstep. It's the third Summer in a row this has happened!

    Still, your post is a little bit of sunshine!

  3. Great picture, Linda. I can't believe that you packed all that into one week either - sounds great! I'm so glad that the boys are doing so well.

    I'm with you also on the higher temps. in Sept. Bring it on.

    Have a great weekend.

  4. How great for you and yours, Sue What fun!! It is wonderful to hear about CFS improvements! So happy for your boys and you too.

  5. How wonderful! Hey, I have finally updated the 100 Chronic Illnesses List, roll out due in coming weeks. (FINALLY)

  6. Hi Sue, Yes, it is much harder to find blogging time in the summer when the kids are home...time with them takes first priority.

    What a week of fun. Your friend Amy sounds wonderful to make all that fun possible. When my daughters were young, they'd fly to my sister-inlaws and/or mother-inlaws who would take them to Disneyland the local amusement park...places that were beyond me physically. I am ever grateful for the fun and memories they gave them.

    Hope the first week of school is a good one for you and your sons.

  7. How wonderful for you and your family. you sound like you've had a great summer. your day in the creek sounds so idylic