Decorating is endless.
Cooking never ends.
Gardens are always changing.
And best of all shopping goes on and on!

Hence the name,
Open Ended!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Good Bye Summer!

I am gearing up for the last true summer weekend!
Labor Day weekend always marks the end of the summer for me.
Even though all my kiddies are grown
I still feel this pang of sadness!
As a stay at home mom I always felt 
this bitter sweetness as summer ended.
I was ready for a break from my kids and 
all their friends coming and going, 
the bickering, the wet swimsuits on their bedroom carpet, 
the empty soda cans and wrappers left all over!
And yet....
I liked the idea of no schedules, the smell of suntan lotion,
going to Great America, spending time with them.
And it's weird but even though they all have there own lives
and they are all finished with school I still feel emotional.
So I decided to have one last summer blow out!
 This weekend the whole "fam" is coming to swim ,
eat, play and sit around the bonfire and use our newly
remodeled fire-pit!
{Photo to follow next week!}
I'll be busy...busy....busy till then
so... I'll get back to all of you next week!
I am going to leave you all with a few photo's 
of my family and my best friend, Gina's family.
She talked us in to going on a canoe trip down the Fox River. 

We had a blast! 

Here's the whole gang!

Our daughter and her boyfriend, Kevin!

Son #2 and his wife, Kelly!
So serious!! LoL!

This is my guy, Mike.
I'm in front doing all the rowing!!! hehe!

Gina and I!
{Oh the things she talks me into!!}

The boys trying to decide whether to jump or not!!!

He finally did it!!

After several tries and a little help, 
my daughter finally made it up the rocks!

But...climbing the rocks was just half the battle!!
She still had to jump.
And...eventually she did.
Way to go MaryKate!

Have a safe and fun filled Labor Day Everyone!

Good Bye Summer....