We checked everything off of our summer list 2011. We made even more memories. I wrote down over 200 'gifts' or moments that I am thankful for this summer, little snapshots saved...treasured. I love summer, I love having my kids home with me. Yes, it's loud and crazy and some days I admit to pulling my hair out. Overall though, I love having them close. I love random hugs and kisses in the middle of a Wednesday. Today as we wound down summer vacation I was almost too busy to be sad for long. I had a class to teach at Hope (they are open today), my parents got in to their house in Holland for the first time (yeah!!), and it made for a busy day. Tonight as all is quiet I'm not sobbing like last year. My heart is heavy and I am sure a few tears will fall, but I am choosing to treasure the moments, the memories, the laughter and fun of our summer. Tomorrow starts 2nd grade, and with it will come an entirely new set of joys and memories. Tonight I am peaceful, and very, very thankful. Goodnight Summer Vacation, see you next year.