The kids and I went to visit my parents this weekend. I feel SO incredibly lucky to have the family I do, and to be able to visit my hometown again and just completely relax. I feel like my real self when I'm there, you know? It's so comforting.
Also, I get all my best thinking done while driving on I-80 and I-88. This time of year is gorgeous in Iowa. I've always thought there's no color more beautiful than that of a soybean field in October. And now that the kids are older, the car rides go so smoothly, and the trips are enjoyable rather than stressful. We listen to music and look out the window and notice cows and sheep and hay bales. Sometimes they nap. Sometimes they play games on my old iPod. It's a really special time for me, especially since I have so many memories of driving through rural areas as a kid, too.
I've had a lot on my mind lately, and this weekend was exactly what I needed to unclench my thoughts a bit and let myself relax.
I hope you all have a place like this for yourself, too.