If I am completely honest, my absolute favorite summer outing is swimming with our friends. I love it because there is little planning involved and once you are there you just get to hang out and talk with friends. Well, at least that was how it was before Jack came along and Lucy got sick. I will always remember the summer of 2010. Lucy and Ella were self-sufficient in the pool and so were their friends. Almost every single day a group of us got together and swam for a few hours. The kids swam and the mothers laid out (carefully watching the kiddos like hawks). I think back on that summer with a heavy heart, wondering if I will ever get to that point in my life again.
Last summer was a total bust, so I won't even talk about that one. This summer, however, had some fun memories that helped erase some of the horrible ones that were also made. By all honest accounts this summer was one I want to forget. Lucy almost died from Meningitis and she had 2 brain surgeries. Fun times!
HOWEVER...we did manage to take 3 amazing trips that I will always remember. I want to add as a precursor that I know how blessed we were as a family to be able to take these trips. I am so grateful to Dr. Bush and another special person who made our trip to the beach possible. Without Erik's parents the trip to the mountains would not have been possible and my parents and grandparents are totally responsible for our trips to the lake. Seriously, we are a blessed family.