We spent the holiday weekend in Michigan with Mike’s parents.
– While all the males napped one afternoon, my mother-in-law and I sat on the couch and talked. I asked more about Mike’s adoption. With each re-telling, I get more delicious details. It just so happened that July 4th weekend is his adoption anniversary. Quality time, like these talks on the couch, is what I truly savor.
– We spent time at South Haven Beach where the cool breezes were a welcome change to the inland heat. Mike successfully got two kites flying high and the boys successfully got sand in every bodily crevice possible. I again tried to suppress my neat-freak tendencies (sand a clear winner to playdough disdain) knowing the boys were having an absolute ball! I didn’t have my camera at the beach, but Mike re-enacted the kite-flying back home. (Look at that, Gerald, Vivian & Angela! Far different from our Chicago Kite Festival follies where we all ran like crazy trying to get our kites skyward. At least we were entertaining to watch, I’m sure.)
– Ethan was excited when Grandma told him they were going to go “grocery shopping” in their garden. They pulled up potatoes and cut cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and cucumber. Those fresh vegetables were eaten up right away by us all. We were sent home with our own “groceries,” too. I LOVE garden-to-table eating that we city-folk don’t often enjoy to this fresh of an extent. To top it off, Mom Beckett had baked a pie with Michigan strawberries and fresh rhubarb. YUM!
– There are all kinds of people in the world. Every now and then you come across some that are just “good people.” My in-laws are such. I’m thankful for their loving hearts and simple ways. The boys love being read to and Grandma happily obliged them.
– Sunday afternoon, Connor started having a stomachache. By that evening, it was manifesting from both ends! Not to be outdone by his brother, Ethan went to bed early with a fever. Their illnesses prevented us from blueberry picking on Monday like we do every summer at the nearby farms owned by members of my in-law’s church. The boys have been pitifully spending time on the couch just like this. Today is the same. Ethan especially seems to be subject to lots of illness lately and hopefully the whole summer isn’t spent like this! We still managed to stop by one farm on our drive out and pick up 5 lbs of picked blueberries. Delicious!
– We wished we could’ve spent dinner with dear friends, the Paik’s and the Lee’s, instead of nursing our sicko’s last night. We also wish we could’ve had all the family together in Michigan but had to be happy with phone calls to Italy.
Hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th!