we went to breakfast again like last year (sidenote: no buffet this time. we couldn't find one! an unfortunate circumstance we all agreed = distinctly un-american. ha!) and swam and watched fireworks and somewhere in between browsed at the bookstore for new activity books to keep everybody busy in the car on our upcoming road trip. all in all it was a good family day, and for that i am grateful. the long summer days, while completely awesome in many ways, aren't devoid of challenges and i've been pretty discouraged of late by what i perceive to be an excess of negative energy in our home. teasing, arguing, getting on each other's nerves--all of it normal stuff but, you know. sometimes it feels like...a lot. i'm hopeful that a vacation and change of scenery will be just what the doctor ordered.
how are things with you?