now that school has begun, we are pretty much finished with our 2012 summer bucket list. while we didn't accomplish every one (we saved some for next year!), we did just about everything in the bucket, and had a very full summer doing it! sometimes, my nature is to want to sit on the couch and watch old steelers games for the 47th time while the children entertain themselves, but shannon does a good job of making sure we stay busy and connected and make some memories that will not only be a part of their lives for years to come, but will also be a significant part of the foundation of who they are and who they are becoming. from goofy golf to camping to doing an abc scavenger hunt, we tried all sorts of things. science experiments, lego challenges, nature hikes, spelunking, and more were the hallmarks of our summer. and some of these things, like ice cream for dinner, have become family traditions which will likely be a part of their family memories forever.
it is a high calling to lead these young boys in growing up, and demonstrating a life filled with work and play, with wonder and joy. i often fail, but, by the grace of God, somehow we also succeed at times, and it is so fun to be a part of all of it.