Although in San Diego the recent change in seasons was not marked by colorful, falling leaves and the start of brisk weather, the first day of autumn passed by nonetheless and took with it those lazy days of summer. The big girls are thriving back in college. And Laura is just where she ought to be, happy in first grade, engaged in activities, spending time with friends, and loving life. I am truly grateful that my children are all healthy and content. Still, I cannot help but look through the photos (click to enlarge) that I took over the summer and wax nostalgic for those days when schedules went mostly by the wayside in favor of carefree hours spent with family and friends.
And while I know that Laura prefers school days (may she always love school so much), and while I will delight in all that the coming seasons of the year will surely bring, birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and hopefully a little travel, a very big part of me cannot help but look forward to next summer, when life will once again slow down just enough to welcome a little extra time to play with my loved ones.