We had a whirlwind of fun adventures at the beginning of summer and the last couple weeks we slowed down and little and stayed closer to home. The trick is balance, right? Find a good road trip. Find a good long day away. Find something amazing right at home. So we have spent a few more of our adventure days right at home the last couple weeks.
Have you ever gone geocaching? My boys had so much fun running around the neighborhood looking for caches with their aunt. We didn't even have to go anywhere and they had a whole new experience. In fact, I left them all to it and enjoyed a little quiet at home! (This was BEFORE my boys picked up on Pokemon Go-- which is now like the new geocache.)
I love this park-- it is the best little place for simple summer fun. Freeman Park in Idaho Falls is super shaded and quiet and this great stream runs through it (fine-- it's a canal, but it's pretty). The kids can wade and throw rocks and build dams and chase around for a solid couple hours every time we go.
It doesn't take a huge trip or effort to make the long summer days memorable for the kids and that's what I've been all about this summer. I want them to remember that even though I'm busy, I took the time to enjoy. I took the time to show them things and let them experience the world. I spend several hours every day at the computer working on Pocket Innerwear. But you know what? There are several more hours in every day. And I try to make the most of each one. I want my kids to know that there are no limits. We work hard. We play hard. We LIVE life-- it does not simply pass by.
I have the best support in the world, and that really helps me accomplish all the things floating around in my head. Most often my mom is with me on these fun days and sometimes my little sister comes in and plays hard with us. And Chad joins when he can, which isn't as often as we would like but I'm so grateful he works hard and enjoys when he can.
While I can't go into the specific details, I couldn't let this Aunt Justine adventure go undocumented. The boys strapped themselves in and had the time of their lives. They laughed and joked and gave each other high fives all night after a couple car rides.
We also ditch the kids sometimes and go on adult only adventures. In fact, we have a couple planned for later this month and I can't wait to share them with you. But this adventure was HILARIOUS. Have you seen The Shallows? Well, we went and it was scary and amazing. And given Justine's long history of a major fear of sharks, we buckled up and had a great time.
I screamed out loud for the whole theater to hear within the first 45 seconds. I was able to collect myself after that and didn't embarrass myself much more. But DUDE-- the shark was coming at my FACE.
What you need to know: My soul wanders. I want to see this whole globe and marvel at the diversity and scale of it all. But I'm also very focused. I want to see this business through. I want to reach as many people with Pocket Innerwear as I possibly can and I'm determined to make a huge difference. I rarely go more than a minute without my mind returning to the task of reaching the diabetic community and improving the lives of those touched by this monster of a disease.