Wednesday, May 11, 2011


The husband finished up his fourth semester with Texas A & M this last weekend. He did well-excellent actually and his finishing has given our family a much needed respite. After much wrestling, thinking and praying, we decided all of us needed a rest from his schooling so he is taking this summer off. That means that after a year of him working every.single.weekend and studying during the week, we actually get a summer with him around.

I can't tell you how excited I am.

It will be a much-needed rest from all the busyness and will get me in gear for next year.

We plan to go to the beach, swim, make home-made ice cream, garden, wrestle/play, ride bikes and read. Steve and I will probably sit around the chimenia quite a bit as well after the kids have gone to bed.

Bliss I tell ya.

Pure, unaltered bliss.

School will let out for Steve and Isaac in two weeks and then the fun/rest begins. Steve's only commitment this summer is teaching summer school-which is great! We also have a family camping trip planned and a family trip to Disneyland to look forward to. Pretty much, we're getting spoiled rotten this summer. But the rest is needed. Without it, it would've been hard to face another year like this one. However, with rest, I think we all feel like we can run another marathon come fall.

Even though this last year has been busy with the addition of Elliana to our family, Steve teaching two new classes for a total of four preps (four different classes) and a very heavy grad school schedule, God has helped us. And all of the hard work makes this summer just that much sweeter.

So that's it!! Bring on the s'mores. I'm ready.


  1. Sounds awesome! Nikki, what do you use to make homemade ice cream? I've always wanted to...

  2. Heather,

    We actually broke down last year and got an old fashioned type ice cream maker except this one has an electric crank. Seriously, such a fun and easy activity! We got it at Target and we think it was worth the $50 or so we spent on it. I used birthday money to buy it as I had been eyeing it for awhile. You do have to make a custard for it and you have to have ice and rock salt but, the ice cream is out of this world. And plus, you're a pro in the kitchen. A custard would be no biggie for you :)!

    Great to hear from you friend!

    Love, Nikki

  3. Oh, Nikki, I am so happy for you! I've been there and kind of am there right now, and believe me, there is no taking that kind of break for granted is there? Enjoy your sweet summer, my friend!

  4. Mmmmm- sounds wonderful!! Wish we could do that as well. I'm SOO ready for Trav to be done with his masters. I'm just ready for a break in general... but trying to trust that God will bring it when He sees fit.