I’ve turned 50 and now want to squeeze in all the fun I can (while I still can)! My husband and I are also raising two incredible sons who happen to be autistic. I also have a 34 year old, self sufficient, beautiful daughter. We don’t always have a lot of free time, but we love to travel when we can and we love food, although I have to be creative as both boys have dairy, egg, peanut and tree nut allergies. But we keep movin’ on!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Slow Down & Watch the Fireflies
we all should take a step back and just relax.
In our 20
years together, my husband and I have never taken a vacation where we just hung
around and relaxed.Vacations are hard to
come by, and were even non-existent for the first seven years of our sons’
lives.When we do go away, it is a mad
dash to cram as many activities and places as we can in each and every day. We wind up even more exhausted by the time we get home.
this June, on our semi-annual weekend visit to upstate NY, we broke tradition and we
relaxed.The inn we stay at has a
baseball diamond on the property and David and the boys played baseball.I grilled burgers and hotdogs in the backyard picnic area.
Baseball at the Inn
View of the Picnic Area from our Room
played chess in the lobby, my husband read the paper, and I loaded pictures on
my computer. We went out to dinner every night.
Chess in the Lobby
On two of the nights, the innkeepers, George and Tina with
whom we’ve become friends, joined us for dinner.And on the last
afternoon of our stay, they took us out on their pontoon boat
and Michael went swimming with George in Lake Otsego.
Swimming in the Lake
the boys and I went out to dinner after we all cleaned up and it was dark by
the time we got back to our room.But as
we approached the door to our room, we were welcomed by hundreds of little
flashing specs of light.
FIREFLIES!!Hundreds of them!
I had not
seen fireflies in at least 35 years! When I was a kid, my neighborhood in the city
still had a small area of woods and I did occasionally see a firefly, but by
the time I was 15, the land had all become developed and they were gone.Mikey and David, Jr. were mesmerized by the
tiny flecks of lights flashing all around them.We all just stood at the back
door reveling in the magical scene unfolding all around us. I went to bed that night feeling so refreshed and happy.
Life can be crazy, but sometimes you just have
to slow down and watch the fireflies.