No, it's the outdoor living that makes it so sweet. And to think that while growing up in a family of six, we never cared about the space or lack thereof and were able to make it work so well..long, hot summer after long, hot summer. We spent our time playing games on the porch, swimming or fishing at the dock, or boating on the water. When it was time to eat, we'd all gather around the picnic table, hand wash dishes, and put in a tired movie for the thousandth time (I can quote the entirety of most all Disney movies, Ace Ventura, and The Big Lebowski to name a few). It was really the time shared that made it all worthwhile - "turns out not where, but who you're with that really matters."
So now, instead of following up with pictures from the past weekend at the lake, I've slowly convinced myself (to change the direction of this post and) that our next home could and should easily be a shack by the sea, "fresh cut flowers and octopus cocktail, just close your eyes - it's easy to see" ....humming the lines to a favorite song thinking, could we make it work? Could we have the little house by the sea? Is space so vital to our everyday needs? If we're spending lots of time outdoors, not necessarily, especially if living in a larger, newer, nicer home means living in the suburbs. We certainly didn't move to the coast for all of that. Just thinking out loud - it seems much easier to embrace a large family in a smaller home where everyone is a part of each others' everyday lives. Am I crazy? Maybe I am, but I'm also just as foolish, so this may just work! :) A girl can dream, ok?? :)
The inspiration behind all of this is the song below. FF to 6:40 to hear my favorite line of the song. Thank you, Jerry Joseph for making me want to live in a shack by the sea!! :)