What else happened this summer

Yeah, kind of a theme for the week – trying to catch everyone up on my summer while getting back into the swing of writing.  Bear with me… I’m also adjusting to this whole homeschool thing.

We had a blast on our month long road trip. I could (and should) share some amazing photos and stories and thoughts.  Give me time, I’ll get there. But first, I want to catch you up on the funny parts.

summer 2014

By the last week of our vacation, I think we were all ready to be home.  Hubby was working and the kids and I did our best to stay entertained.  We’d had over three weeks of sharing very small spaces with each other.



True story.  We were trying to fall asleep in the hotel when we realized the noise from the nearby interstate was rather loud.  Hubby decided to try blocking it with white noise. He picked the “ocean voyage” setting.  Personally, I would have gone for the meadow breeze or mountain spring, but my opinion wasn’t requested.

It took FOREVER to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean.  First off, it made me want to go potty all night long.  Secondly, it wasn’t soothing.  I finally fell asleep about 2am.

I woke up two hours later knowing I’d been dreaming about killing the ship captain.

We were ready to be home.


almost home to texas

Yeah. The worst part about vacation is crossing the state of Texas.  It takes a long time to get to the edge of our state in any direction.

When we crossed the state line, we still had 300 miles to go until home.

“Mommy! We’re in Texas now! We’re almost home!  How much longer?”

“Um… five or six more hours depending on bathroom breaks.”


That last hour was a killer.

When we (FINALLY) got home, we had mounds of laundry to catch up on. The grass was overdue for some serious cutting. The cats needed attention.

cat selfie

The cat would NOT get off of me for about a week.

It didn’t stop me from amusing myself on Facebook.  Be thankful you aren’t subjected to my horrible puns.

catching fire

Yes. That’s the boys on the back porch.  They lit a fire.  I (cleverly) titled the photo “catching fire” because… pun.

One of my boys went to church camp.  It was one of those last minute things, but I managed to get it all done.

I used the checklist to pack exactly what they said each camper should have. I laughed when I realized that they’d listed everything BUT underwear.  I suspect they know elementary male campers a little better than they’d like to at times.

Since the instructions said to write my child’s name on EVERYTHING, I amused myself.  I wrote his name in five inch high letters on the BACK of his underwear.

the worst part of camp

He never noticed.

The first thing he told me when I picked him up was that “the worst thing about camp was that they made us take a shower every night.”

He’s vowed to never return to camp again.

The underwear were discovered about a week later. Both boys thought it was the funniest thing they’d seen all day.

Me? I’m contemplating writing the date on their underwear, just so I can tell how long it’s been since they put on a  clean pair.

(honestly, how can you get out of the shower or pool and put on a DIRTY pair of underwear?  what is up with that?)

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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