I'm writing this post to make myself feel better. I'm writing it because that has been one of the hardest summers of B's career and thus we haven't seen him much; this led to a grumpy, stressed out mom and kiddos that had to take on extra responsibility. I'm writing it because in my mind, this summer has been all work and no play. In my mind, I see the pictures of everything that my friends are doing with their kids, and I can never live up to it. I'm writing it because in my mind everyone else is having a blast and my kids are always choosing TV over play or being yelled at. However, these pictures paint a different picture.
(these are in no particular order because I just can't make my computer work the way that I want it to work. )
|outdoor Finding Nemo|
|movie and popcorn with the neighbors|
|there are no words|
|last day with the summer nanny|
|again, there are no words|
|learning about fishing from the best|
|winner winner chicken dinner|
|A childhood dream... winning a fish at the fair|
|AHG camp... 3 days and 2 nights of AHG|
|loving each other poolside|
|A's closing AHG ceremony|
|Ice cream stop on the way to Bethany Beach|
|R. loves the beach just like the rest of us|
|getting more brave every year!|
|A's early birthday present|
|learning how to take care of the greens|
|"I spy a golf ball"|
|Aunt Jenny's dirty thirty|
|funland at the beach. R's first ride!|
|napping at the beach|
|finally using K's birthday present|
|"sure, I'll ride with daddy."|
|swim team friends|
|Nats game in the box!|
|see, I can be fun|
These pictures paint a picture of an amazing, fun filled summer. And, these glimpses are amazing and fun filled. Hopefully, they are what my kids will remember. But, they are probably 5% of the summer.
Now, here comes the truth...
|there was lightening the entire time. most families left because they didn't want to ummm... die. We stayed put b/c B. said the rain wouldn't come our way. I was a ball of nerves and though I've seen Finding Nemo 1000 x, I didn't pay attention at all|
|This was actually about as close to perfection as it comes. Sarah watched our big kids for 27 hours per week while I worked. She was great. On the last day, A. made muffins and K. dressed up in his "fancy clothes" They were all so sweet.|
|another truly good summer moment. Nothing can beat babies learning to eat. But, the clean up... not so fun. At least we were outside.|
Here's to a much better 2017!