Having all my kids live home this summer has worked out fine. Boy-in-Black sleeps on the floor of the living room and With-a-Why on the couch, but luckily, they're sound sleepers. My daughter and I have been sharing my office, with me taking the desk and her the table. There’s room for only one chair, which means only one of us can work at a time, but at least we each have a surface for our laptops. It’s all good.
Pretty much everyone in the house is busy with research or coursework, so the house is strewn with laptops. With-a-Why, the baby of the family, is still in high school, but he’s set goals for himself for the summer. He’s teaching family members chess, he’s got a stack of books to read, he’s writing a book, and he’s painting a mural on the wall upstairs. (That’s him in the photo, putting on the first layer of paint.) Oh, and he’s taking voice lessons, dance lessons, and piano lessons. Plus, everyone in the household is playing Ultimate Frisbee – that goes without saying.
During the day, most of the household is off at work or school, but at night, we’ll usually all here, crowded around the one fan in the living room. It’s been a hot, humid summer, but thankfully the house cools down somewhat in the evening. We spend a fair amount of time just hanging out in the living room, talking and drinking smoothies made from fresh fruit, or watching stuff on the laptops.
It’s been a relaxed couple of weeks, but my husband and I are hoping to relax even more. We’re leaving for a west coast vacation, just the two of us, leaving the household in the capable hands of our adult children. I’m not bringing my laptop because I enjoy vacations so much more when I’m offline. But I’ll take my camera and journal, and eventually, some of those photos and stories will make it onto my blog.
That's our backyard.