Experience has taught me that the space between the future and the past is the best space. The past holds things that can't be changed while the future holds things that are balled up in anxiety. The in-between, though. The in-between is a really good place.
That's why I had a few plans for the summer, but there wasn't any sort of strong commitment to them.
The only real commitment was the thing that kicked off the summer in the most amazing way possible.
It would seem that we could only go down from that moment when Mila was born, but no. There was no down. There has only been fantastic.
She is fantastic.
Alexis as a big sister is fantastic.
With summer kicked off and fantastic all around, we had some time to fill. It was filled mostly with late nights capped by lazy mornings, days at Kennywood with friends, lots of episodes of Full House, baby snuggles, and running Alexis to various sporting activities.
It was all Alexis' choice. She could have spent the summer in her pool being a bum, but she preferred a different sort of adventure.
As the days turned into weeks, I kept wondering how things could possibly get better. Somehow they did. It was, in many ways, the best summer ever. I haven't lost sight of that not-so-distant time when things weren't fantastic, so I have been soaking in every second of the happiness.
It really has been the happiest summer ever.
But it is coming to a close. Situations being what they are, the fun is ending.
First, though, we're going out with a bang. We already had the short trip to Virginia Beach. Now we are road tripping again.
I just want to remember every little thing about the summer of 2014. It really was a good one.