Thursday, July 11, 2013

.....full house....

....I have always been a quality time type of girl.....it is certainly a love language for me and Stefan knows that quality time does not mean sitting next to each other on the couch watching a movie......no, not even close.....

.....I thrive on quality time that involves good, deep conversation......laughter, activity and events that etch their memory into my heart, available for me to retrieve on days where my tank needs filling......I am revived after quality time with the ones that I love and it can be a simple trip to the beach with a friend, a walk with my sister in laws, a cup of coffee over a phone call or an afternoon on my cherished red couch reading with one of my babes.....

....this year, we are not making a Texas or a Florida trip......it naturally worked out that with the new house, we found ourselves arranging dates with so many friends and family members that our calendar became full of many, many house guests.......I have always loved a full house and it has been such a blessing to finally have the room to properly host loved ones......having a full house is a big driver in the reason why a fourth child was a necessity for us.....we like the hustle and bustle, the kitchen crowded with people of all ages, the sound of laughter and chit chat in several different rooms within the frame of our home.......we love it when there is excitement in someones life and are privileged to share it with them.......and we welcome the endless friends that come with having a large family......the table always has one or two more guests and we will always make room.....

.....so, between a summer full of friends and family, Elsie beginning Kindergarten this fall (gulp) and the baby arriving early November, we scratched any travel plans at all and decided to spend the year at home......I must admit, this has been a welcomed change.......not that we don't love the trips going back to our respective home states, but there is something nice about having guests come to us and being able to devote all of our attention on them......there is no juggling of the schedule of who-to-see-when like we do when we go back home......a night here, a few nights there is fun; but the time is always cut short and the quality is tougher to muster when the trip becomes chopped up and spread thin......

....so we open our doors and we eagerly anticipate setting the cell phones aside, turning the ringers off, even setting the cameras down (occasionally) to really soak in our loved ones.....and over the last six days, we inhaled one of Stefan's brothers, Mikael, his wife Heather and their boys, Jaxon and Phoenix......the time together was long, engaged, full and quite perfect, honestly......the quality was there the entire visit and memories were etched, branded and soaked to our heart's content......






.....we couldn't get enough of the beach......low tides were a favorite among the group and proved to be the best scoping ground for hermit crabs, snails and crawler crabs......all little critters that our cousins do not find frequently in Texas.....in a matter of a few short weeks, my children have gone from being terrified of them, to the bravest little people I know; scooping their tiny fingers under large rocks, knowing for certain that a family of crabs dwells below the surface of the stone.....so they showed their cousins how it's done.....









.....but the limited time away from the water proved to be just as prosperous.....quiet time for babes to rest, backyard play while the brothers clanked cold beers and discussed the smoker and the meat they were slow smokin', arts and crafts, prepping for s'mores, sparkler safety lessons from uncle Mikael and even a night out for the adults.......the full six days together was truly a vacation for both families.....










.....not to mention, the treat it was for me to spend several hours with Heather as we reconstructed my powder room.....

.....more to come on that in another post when I can reveal the before and after photos, but isn't she adorable?.....talented, creative and adorable.....


.....the year at home will be good for us......nice long visits with the ones we love, more time to grow new roots as we still continue to settle into suburbia, a slower pace that enables us to savor the last few months as a party of five and the harmony of a slower pace......ying and yang, balance, ebb and flow; I seem to always go back to stating that a little of both is best for us.....exciting trips, heading off to tackle adventures and filling our days to the brim with activity.......those experiences are the most meaningful when they are surrounded by time at home......






....especially a full house filled with some of our favorite people.....

2 comments :

Davian said...

ah, tracy, your talent for creating an open, welcoming home is one of the things i so appreciate about you. your kids will be such naturals at it that they might not even realize that it is a learned behavior. what a gift. pretty photos!

Davian said...

from violet:
your kids are so lucky that they got to spend time with their cousins, and got to make s'mores and go to the beach, and color. we did all the stuff you have done but not s'mores. we'll do some s'mores. we love you and we miss you. see you again sometime.