Wednesday Walk Along: Summer Vacation and a PhD

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

Henry David Thoreau

Let’s go for a walk and get to know each other. Maybe we can be friends. It will also give me a chance to atone for all of the vacation food I enjoyed this weekend.

Our Last Summer Hurrah

We visited the small town of Fish Haven, Idaho, where the beautiful Bear Lake crosses the Utah/Idaho border. My husband had to defend his nearly two-hundred-page dissertation just an hour and a half away, and so we made a trip of it. You will be overjoyed to know he passed, and will officially be Dr. Furse in no time.

Fish Haven sits about an eight hour drive from where we live, which turned into twelve after accounting for traveling with two small children. We sang an exorbitant amount of Disney songs along the way.

At the lake, we braved the chilly water, napped in the sun, and saw a floating food truck. Yes, you heard me correctly. It was a good thing we packed our own lunch, too, because that pulled pork sandwich was calling my name.

Later, we saw a 2,600-year-old limber pine, and a butterfly that seemed a bit under the weather. We found a nice flower and left her to recuperate.

Of course, no matter where we go, we always look forward to returning home. Although, as we dropped Grandma off, Rosie asked me why we can’t just live at her house, so there may be an exception to that rule.

As our summer comes to an end, we are thankful for the extra snuggles, but anxiously anticipate a routine once again. These kids sure need it.

How about you? Did you enjoy your summer? Visit somewhere memorable? Do you have any advice for traveling with children? Or for getting them to sleep again after a string of bad habits? I need your wisdom.

Here’s to meeting up again sometime soon.

❀ Jenny

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