This summer has been amazing. Not only are we getting a glimpse of life as civilians for the first time in seven years, but we are also getting an even better deal: student status with summer break! We’ve enjoyed days at the beach, time spent with family and friends, and many…many…many days of lounging around the house and watching everything Netflix has to offer — Curious George can be pretty addicting.

Even though boredom often set in, I wouldn’t have changed a thing! The quality family time we got to spend together this summer was life changing, to be honest. In our previous life at Bragg (as it honestly seems now), Luke barely ever saw the kids throughout the week. Most evenings, he was home late after dinner, only to pass out in bed during the kids’ bath time or very shortly after I would get them into bed. Many nights, the kids were in bed before he even got home. While he has always been a hands-on dad, he has actually been able to be a part of the day-to-day lives of the kids. Not only taking care of them and playing with them (rousing game of hide-and-go-seek = broken toe), but helping me make important decisions, like where to send Ava to school. He was able to go with us to Preschool interviews and Jake’s one year well-baby appointment, both things he previously wouldn’t have been a part of.

Sadly, our summer of freedom is coming to an end as of this weekend. While Luke’s schedule shouldn’t be anything like that of the past seven years in the 82nd, I’m a little nervous to be given the task of entertaining both children all day long again. I see many, many cups of coffee in the days ahead! (Where is Fall? Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone??) In the meantime, I will bask in the joy on my children’s faces as they enjoy one of this summer’s greatest adventures: the purchase of a backyard playground.

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Ava & Jake




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