The weather has hampered most of our efforts to go and do things and to plan activities but we have managed to cram in some fun times during the school holidays. My top five 'rays of sunshine' this summer are (in no particular order)...
3. Having dinner out with three of my sisters. I'm fairly certain we annoyed some with our raucous laughter and you know, just because we dared to have fun (some people are such grumpy buggers), but I couldn't care less. I haven't laughed like that in ages and I have really missed spending time with my sisters. Time seems to run away with me these days, I don't get time for much besides the kids and the house and everything else, and these days I realise that unfortunately I have very few real friends of which to speak of any more, so time with my sisters is precious and I hope that we can make it a more regular thing.
5. Last but not least, the Father's Day Barbecue. Every year my siblings, parents and I get together with our families and have a barbecue on Father's Day. Last year we had just lost our Grampy (my paternal Grandfather) and so it was a rather solemn affair. This year, we talked about him happily and it was a real celebration of his memory, and all of us got together so that the kids could play and we could catch up and just spend some time as a family, and it was wonderful. Times like those make you realise who is really and truly important in your life.
What have been the highlights of the summer for you?