“How did you get down here? Are there like, TWO of you or something?”
I have been saving cute quotes from the kids on my Iphone but this is the perfect one to sum up summer over here. I was up in the boy’s room with Patrick, asked him to do something, and than before he knew it I ran down to the basement to change the laundry, where we met up a few minutes later. I answered him back, “Wouldn’t that be great buddy?” He probably thought, “No that would be two of you asking me to do things.” He knew better to say that though.
Summer is winding down (although it shouldn’t be-we all know how I feel about that) and we are entering my two favorite months of all, August and September (September is the front runner) as August can be a little hectic with three birthdays, 500 back to school meetings, and sports schedules starting.
On a side note, I have to get back to using my nice camera, because half of these pics are dark and/or blurry.
Teaching this little girl to swim-she’s been my latest swimmer so far but it’s because she’s so cautious and sensitive and sweet, so we are working on it slowly, and surely, and she’s so so proud when she succeeds.
We won the championship, and the kids were so excited and I have to say the coaches were amazing-college and high school kids and just so positive and nice every day-and hard working.
One night I said I wasn’t up for cooking dinner, and Abbey asked if she could-and then Isaac chimed in and I said, go ahead, don’t go crazy and don’t make too much of a mess. Jeff went with them to the store, with a loose plan and we had delicious steak, with blue cheese butter, and hush puppies, and roasted vegetables and I’m forgetting something else, but it was very very good (doesn’t everything taste the best when us moms don’t have to make it?). Isaac set the table complete with candle light and table mats. I wonder why I don’t make this a weekly tradition or bi-weekly, or tri-weekly 🙂 and it’s probably because just the coordination of them all being home to help would be impossible.
I have my little routine where I walk in the morning. The morning sun is so pretty and our little town is so peaceful then.
A letter! I teased Abbey about this enough that she is probably going to roll her eyes when she reads this (I can see you Abbey!) but someone sent her a letter-you know on paper with pen in the MAILBOX, I was so shocked when I got it and then OMG she wrote back. Heavens to Betsy, they can still write! I asked her if I could now buy her special cute stationary like I had in the 80’s with rainbows on it and she said no.
I had the same reaction (but contained myself somewhat) when I saw a pre-teen reading a book in a waiting room. Not watching TV, not on an IPad or a phone, but a book! My heart leapt with joy.
My mom bought Janey these sweet little fairies and I had promised her we would make a garden-one morning we went out to do so, and she was so excited, she was practically talking in gibberish. Which I think is the cutest thing ever-just so so excited. And it’s not anything special (I don’t think it would make Pinterest?:) but she adores it and our sweet neighbor has helped me add to it.
My frozen banana ice cream helper.
We had a wonderful opportunity to travel up to Traverse City with Jeff’s work, for a short trip and it was so beautiful-very peaceful. The kid’s all had a blast-wish I had more pictures of the canoeing and swimming and boating we did but I didn’t want to be tethered to my phone.
We visited my aunt on Walloon Lake (incredibly beautiful) and the kids had a blast tubing and playing with my cousin’s kids who couldn’t be cuter if they tried-an absolute joy to be around.
Cool pic at the sand dunes. We met up here with my sister and her son who ran up and down the sand dunes like it was nothing special.
I’m burning out a little. It is starting to feel hopeless. 🙂 I’m gearing up for the last few days before school where I go through the house with a black garbage bag and a my new vacuum and a few dust cloths and lots of energy.