School’s Out!

Today is our first official day of Summer Vacation. It’s the first day I don’t have to nag anyone up to make the bus, drive anyone to school when they miss the bus, pack lunches, help with homework… or pretty much worry about anyone but myself. It. Is. Glorious.

I’m well aware that after about a week of no routine and having 3 half-grown kids around all day making messes, bickering, and generally creating chaos during my working hours, I will be ready to put them back on that big yellow bus and send them away for 7 hours a day, but for now, I’m basking in the freedom of Summer!

As you may know, we were in Pittsburgh over the weekend. When the kids got off the bus on Friday, we snapped the obligatory Last Day of School photos, handed them each a suitcase, and hopped in the car for a 5-hour drive to Pittsburgh.

last day school

I wrote about the first portion of our trip on Saturday morning from our hotel. The rest of the trip went well. We did some of the typical Pittsburgh touristy things — we took a Duck Boat Tour, we rode the Monongahela Incline, and we went to a Pirates game. I’ll be sharing more in a dedicated post on things to do with kids in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, this is a picture of our family at the top of the Incline, overlooking the city. Another thoughtful tourist offered to take a picture of all of us. I love this.

family picture at the top of the Incline overlooking Pittsburgh

On Sunday, we enjoyed a leisurely morning at the hotel before heading out to see Fallingwater, the famous Frank Lloyd Wright designed home of the Kaufmann family that is built over a waterfall. Frank Lloyd Wright fascinates me, and since we just saw his Taliesin West when we were in Arizona, we appreciated this tour even more than we would have if we didn’t already have a basic understanding of Wright’s style of organic architecture.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Unfortunately, water was falling from more than just the waterfall. It POURED rain while we were there, and then for the better part of our ride home.

We got home at a decent hour last night, ordered pizza, watched some TV, played a rousing game of Sorry! and went to bed early. Today I have high hopes of getting my home and work life organized so we can go to the pool this afternoon. I’m crossing my fingers that the weather’s going to cooperate. There’s nothing worse than a rainy first week of summer vacation…. although my kids might disagree about that. They’re happy to be on vacation no matter what the weather.