This is the first summer in a while that we're not traveling as a family for a couple of weeks -- the result is the summer feels a little longer. At summer's end, I usually take the summer's measure by going through a checklist of all the things I think we should have done.
Have friends over many times to hang out on the river is one of those things I think we should do. And this year we are getting it done!
Yesterday, Isaac's friends came over. Isaac got them doing a variation on his favorite river expedition: getting from our house to Packer's Falls via the river and woods. A few weeks ago, he and two friends actually swam up all the rapids to the falls. Yesterday they used the woods more -- the approach he took when my friend Katie Scott was here with her daughter and he took us out.
Here they are floating before the big ex-po-tition
When I saw the float empty, I went down to hang out on it myself. My neighbor Janet came by in her kayak and it was great to get updated on her kids.
The river outing turned into an overnight. The boys loved having Josh and Emily hang with them for a while --- and I think this is the first photo of eating in our new kitchen with that beautiful built-in showing. (Thanks Drew!)
I was working late on the final video lessons for then newest Scrapbook Coach class and went down after midnight to find . . . what? . . . is that Josh hanging out with Isaac and his friends? He isn't all grown up, after all. And that warms my heart.