Sunday, May 8, 2011

Weekending Mother's Day style


We've been on the go for more than a month.  We took four major road trips driving a total of 36 hours all before the New York City trip.  And then of course to New York City.  Each trip was good in and of itself . . . but lumped together and grouped back-to-back, it was too much.  


And when you are gone that much, things stack up at home.  Projects need finished.  Chores have multiplied.  New things crop up.  Each leaving this road wary momma overwhelmed.


We are home now and our travels are done. 


This weekend allowed us to catch up on some of those neglected chores.  But we also chose to spend time together.  Outside.  With each other.  Doing things we love.


For me that meant falling behind my family on a small hike.  Taking time to notice small quiet things.


For my family it meant jumping into freezing rivers.




And we all feel better because of it.  We feel a thread of connective-ness.  To each other.  To ourselves.  To our family.  Or maybe it's just me feeling all of these things.  Plus relief at some order in my home.  Pride in a newly planted garden.  Joy at a special Mother's Day breakfast and song. Happiness for my husband as he drives us down the forest service road. Hunger as I smell the dinner he is cooking.  Bewilderment as my house is being cleaned around me as I type.  Contentment in my simple life.

A simple life that's been far too travel-y.

-dana

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your posts always make me feel lucky to be your brother. Happy mothers day, your family is so lucky to have you!

Jeffro

Amber said...

Aww - love your brother's comment. And that last paragraph says it all :-) Happy Mother's Day!

amylouwho said...

love this.

loved all your pics of NYC too!! I love that city.

Hope you have a nice week of recovery and getting back into your normal groove. :)

Mama Said Sew said...

Glad you had some time to relax and recupe. :)

Trudi said...

Sew simply said Dana! Beautiful pics, conveys the joy you speak of. Enjoy!

Tine said...

Wonderful pictures as always! Happy Mother's Day to you ;)

sarah, rsm said...

happy mothers day, my friend...and welcome home!

alice said...

Sounds awesome!! I packed so that hubby could leave on a roadtrip. Hoping for one of those perfect weekends soon though.

Terriaw said...

What a fabulous post! I adore the way you guys spent the day, out in nature, exploring and soaking up all that fresh air. So fun to find those treasures in the woods. And such a great way to spend time with the family!