Sacred Sundays

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I’ve declared Sunday to be a family day. Not that all days aren’t family days, but I really want Sundays to be a day for our family to do activities together and to be home and to prepare and share a meal together, exercise together, perhaps go to church together and just BE together. Before school kicks back into gear and all the sports and homework responsibilities take over our lives again, I want to be sure we hold on to our sacred family time. Being together in Europe and traveling together and relying on one another and just being together was something that I really treasured. Now that we’re back in the states, I’m already feeling the tugs and pulls to separate us – nothing bad, but just competing priorities. I know I’ll have to give in and let go, so I’m going to hold on to our Sacred Sundays for as long as I possibly can.

Today we had fun and worked out and worked and traveled together. We got our new cell phones in working order, did some housework and paperwork, and even a little bit of shopping. Jeff and I went for a run together – the first time in a long time, but definitely not the last time!!

This afternoon we took the kids to explore Jeff’s new office and areas around the bay. His office is like a wonderland for small and big kids alike. There are scooters to scoot around the office, foosball and pingpong tables, video games, nerf guns, robots, and snacks that would satisfy any of your cravings, not to mention any type of beverage you can imagine. The views of the San Francisco Bay are absolutely stunning. He is so lucky to work in such an awesome environment, but as Charlie mentioned, we only wish it was a little closer to our house so he’d have less of a commute – which really isn’t that bad, we just wish we had him home with us sooner most evenings. Silicon Valley is a magical place.

When we came home from our adventures, we were all hanging out front of our house and talking about dinner plans. Jeff came up to give me a hug and was just loving on me for a minute, and Juliana must have been listening in. She came up and gave us the biggest compliment, without even realizing it. She said that she loved that we really and truly loved each other, and weren’t just together because we had to be. She could see and feel the love between us, and casually recognized us for that. I got my receipt for holding on to our sacred family time and doing the work and truly loving our family, despite the arguments, frustrations, and ups and downs, which we have many over and over again. I am thankful for the unconditional love we share and create every day.

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And with that, we moved inside to talk about dinner, the next event of the day. The boys went shopping and picked out steaks and chicken to grill. While dinner was being prepared, the kids took their bikes to the park to ride around before the sun went down. We all met up at home again to enjoy our family dinner.

Life is good. I hope you all have a wonderful week. 2 more weeks until school starts!

Namaste.

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Day 96 – Silicon Valley

I love this place! It was such a gorgeous day out by the Stanford Dish. Hoover tower is out in the distance, as well as San Francisco Bay and surrounding cities. It was so hot though, but totally worth it to be outside. I love coming up here and hiking and chatting and admiring the views. Time flies. I have so many great memories from here – like when Stacey was pregnant with Miss C and we’d walk early in the morning before I went to work. And family walks, and fireworks before they put up fences, and my 40th birthday with Michele, and now today with Marcia. What a great day!! Don’t you want to walk down this path with me? Or maybe you’d rather walk up? Can’t wait to go again. xo