Sunday, August 15, 2010

A summer cut short

This summer was about to go down into the record books as one of the most perfect summers ever. The weather was perfect. The company was perfect. A summer full of fun times and beautiful memories.

You could say....but, the summer is not over yet.

You are right. It is not over. There are still weeks left of beautiful weather and beautiful memories to be made. Unfortunately, Kevin won't be around to experience these with us. There were so many things we wanted to do together (as a couple) and as a family. And this, breaks my heart.

When Kevin found out he would be going south, we were on vacation together. Nothing like getting heart stopping news on a vacation that was not yet finished. The news really disrupted our vacation. Instead of spending the time having fun with our girls, and creating memories, we were too wrapped up in the sadness of it all. We just couldn't set it aside and continue with our vacation. So, the last half of our vacation was wasted. Except for today.

The girls asked if we could go to the beach. Kevin and I couldn't say no. It was a beautiful day together. The girls had fun with their daddy, and I had fun watching them together, snapping photographs of them together. It was tough taking photographs with tear filled eyes, but I was able to capture memories, and that is all that matters. I'll post them later.

So, back to a summer cut short.

Kevin and I had lots of things we wanted to do together before the summer ended. Now, they'll have to wait until next year... weekend Ingrid Michaelson will be performing at LL Bean in Freeport. Something we had been looking forward to.
...we wanted to take a sunset cruise in Casco Bay together.
...we wanted to go to a water park by ourselves to have a little fun.
...we wanted to enjoy happy hour in downtown Portland on Fridays.

With the girls:
...A promised trip to Funtown/Splashtown
...Another visit to Old Orchard Beach
...A visit to Bar Harbor and/or Boothbay Harbor (something we have not yet done while we've been here in Maine)

Even though I am sad for the things that will have to wait for next year, I am thankful for all the wonderful memories we have made this year together. As much as it sounds that I am not thankful for what we do have and what we did do, I so am. I am so very thankful.

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