Back at the end of May when school first let out, I couldn't have been more excited for summer vacation. Sleeping in and spending lazy days outside sounded pretty good to me.
But then life happened, our schedule filled up with "stuff" and things didn't go according to plan. Now here we are, a mere 18 days before school is ready to start.
I just feel bad that the kids haven't had a very exciting summer. Don't get me wrong, we've done fun things and they've enjoyed spending quality time with friends. But I can't tell you how many times the kids have asked what we're doing for Make It Monday and I've replied "We're making a trip to Walmart because we're out of milk" or they have wanted to go to the pool and we've had a movie day instead. It just feels so... lame.
If you can't tell, my "Mom Guilt" is running rampant. Why is it so hard for me to get my life together? Will I ever become disciplined enough to stick to a schedule? And for Pete's sake, when will I learn to stop buying bananas?!
Adulting is hard. I found this meme the other day and thought it was appropriate:
Anyway, here is what we have been doing this summer!
Back in June we met up with some friends at one of our favorite parks. Holliday park is awesome because there are tons of trails, several large playgrounds, a new splash park, and a river to explore.
We picked cherries from our cherry tree. Ironically, none of us even like cherries! But they're fun to pick.
My grandpa was visiting from Idaho and stopped by to see us. It was so great catching up with him over dinner. It was the kids' first time meeting him and they adored him!
Our town does their 4th of July celebration the weekend before Independence Day. Each year they hold a 5K and this time our church was in charge of manning one of the water stations. While I ran the race, the rest of the family got to hand out water. The kids LOVED it.
I ran with my friend, Kelsey. I wish I had a better picture of us! We actually run together at least once a week. She keeps me fit. Seriously, look at my time :)
Love this fan club of mine.
The following day we checked out the parade. I wouldn't consider myself to be a parade snob, but it was quite possibly the lamest one I've seen. The most exciting part was a giant tractor. BUT, the experience was worth it because we spent the afternoon with good friends and that's always fun.
This boy is something else. His favorite movie right now is The Lorax and he watches it daily.
Despite his consistent movie-watching routine, he knows how to keep me on my toes.
One gorgeous Sunday afternoon we took a little family hike. The girls wanted to climb every fallen log and Jackson wanted to cross every bridge he saw. Being out in nature is good for the soul.
Summer has grown particularly fond of Roscoe lately. It's amazing how much their relationship has evolved in the last year. Out of all of the kids, she was the most timid around him. Now they're BFFs.
I guess he can stay. But I will never get used to the constant shedding. Or wet dog smell.
We finally got the left over yard sale items out of our garage. It feels so good to be able to park in there again! It's the little things.
We've been getting an unusual amount of rain lately so we ventured to the pet store for Take a Trip Tuesday. The kids had a blast playing with the puppies, particularly a little Pomeranian-Huskey mix named Ridley.
One nice thing about school almost starting is the school supplies. Kylie and I probably shouldn't wander the aisles at Target together anymore because we both want to take home all of the colorful sticky notes, mechanical pencils, and decorative notebooks. We settled on planners :)
Hers says "You Got This"
Don't be too fooled by mine. Yes, I would consider myself a go-getter.... just not at 5:45 in the morning when my son decides to start his day. I'm hoping his new clock will help with that! It's programmed to turn green when Jack is allowed to wake up Mom and Dad. Green means go!
I guess we have had an eventful summer! "Life" is still happening -- my dishwasher eats my stuff and the kids' bathroom could use some attention...
...but pretty soon the kids will be back in school, things will slow down, and I'll wonder where the time went. The girls find out on Wednesday who their new teachers will be and they can hardly wait. If their teachers are as good as the ones they had last year, we'll be sitting pretty.