We just got home, after visiting my husband's family for a few days. He grew up in a little, rural town in Southern Illinois, and we go back there to visit as often as time allows us. My mother in law has always teased me, that a city girl like myself, would have a lot to learn about raising three boys. Well, she's certainly right, in more ways than one! But I've learned to very much enjoy the rough-n-tumble life of three little boys, and I most definitely enjoy watching them have fun... even if it involves dirt and/or bugs... which it does... often. (FYI, we have those things in the city, too, in case "y'all" didn't know! :)
This is one of my favorite things to do with them when we go down there... visit the lake, and skip rocks. I remember my dad talking about doing the same thing when he was a kid. I think I get a pretty good idea of what that may have looked like, as I watch the youngest of my three, clomping around in sand and throwing things into the water.
Here's their daddy, teaching them how it's done. :) Oh dear, I love him!
It was a gorgeous day, to sit in the warm sunshine and feel the cool, fall breeze, and watch my family just relax and enjoy life... in its simplicity and wonder.
Another favorite is visiting their uncle (my hubby's sweet brother) and aunt and cousins! This pic was taken in their back yard, and I liked it a lot. He was helping his brother carry sticks over to the bonfire they had built, and he had a handful behind his back when I grabbed him to snap this picture. He was cracking up, because their huge Great Dane (Coco) was trying to play with the sticks in his hand, behind his back! I love his smile. :)
We had a lot of fun that night, roasting marshmallows, sitting around a bonfire, and watching the kids AND dogs play in the back yard. I love making memories like these with my family!