It's been four months since we settled back in the Pacific Northwest. They say it takes children about 3 months to settle into a new routine -- and I think the same can be said for adults. The first month is what I like to call the honeymoon period -- like a big wave of excitement with all the new adventures and things to explore and experience. You're not quite settled and still in vacation mode. Then those next eight weeks bring on the heavy feelings of missing the 'normal,' missing our friends and family. Feelings of insecurity (for me) of not quite feeling like an insider in our new community, and feeling that 'new girl' vibe. I know the kids feel that too.
And then when we do start to feel at home, it's time for life to change pace again while daddy leaves for deployment. Bring on the rollercoaster. But in true Navy-family fashion the saying, 'Home is where ever I am with you" runs deep here.
Things that will light us up this summer, in the wake of missing J:
-picking strawberries & blackberries
-making pie with said berries
-buying fresh Ranier cherries at the fruit stand on the side of the road
-hiking the forestlands by our house
-taking pictures over Deception Pass
-playing tick tack toe with daddy via mail
-continuing documentary photography with my family & others
-creating a learning routine at home in hopes to transition to homeschooling in the future
-sharing my passion of essential oils through The Essential Story
-sending colorings to daddy overseas
-s'mores at Washington Park
-fireworks at the 4th of July
-Saturday morning Farmer's Markets
-our bi-weekly "farmer deliveries"
-getting pictures and videos from daddy
-trips to the beach
-picnics at the park
-afternoons at the castle park
-puzzles on rainy days
-popcorn & movie Friday nights
When we're together, we run on intention and fill those holes of what we're missing when we're not together. Adventuring outdoors here is our favorite thing to do, and there's not a more beautiful place to do so than in the PNW. So here is a compilation of what home looks like to us this past quarter. We've seen the seasons change from winter to spring in the most beautiful way --together. Our summer will look a bit different, as we won't have (in my opinion) the best part of our family here with us.