It wouldn't be fair, however, not to welcome July properly. Therefore, the fun-o-meter was in the red zone this week, and with there being a holiday involved, there may have been a little freak flag waving. I'll try to keep the words to a minimum, and let the pictures do most of the talking!
Monday was a fun day! I was living on about 6 hours of sleep for the entire weekend, and Amy had to work, so it was a mutual decision that we would move our Monday run to Tuesday. It was glorious to get some good rest! We spent the afternoon at the pool with some friends and then headed to Gettings' Garden to pick some strawberries once Dan got off work. I think that I had been looking forward to this bucket list item the most. There is just something about freshly picked strawberries that makes one a happy camper. 11 1/2 pounds of strawberries have made the Wolfswinkels quite happy this week! Top it off with Jaedyn's last softball game, and Monday was a successful introduction to July, indeed.
|Little man definitely ate more strawberries than he picked. It's a good thing you don't get charged for those!|
|We've almost gone through an entire gallon of ice cream since Monday making shakes and sundaes. YUM!|
|Seriously. Heaven. Carter calls them "God's candy"|
|Fresh strawberry lemonade. Dan was in love!|
|We hardly tapped into our rows and wound up with close to 12 pounds of strawberries.|
|Took this along to Mom's on 4th of July. I'm thinking I need to make another just for us this week.|
After the movie, we headed over to what we thought was an open lot. We had watched fireworks there last year and it was the perfect place to go, not too busy at all. In fact this year, there was only one other family that was there. Turns out, that other family owned the lot, and we were totally trespassing, but they were super nice and told us we could come back again next year if there wasn't a house on it yet. Minus the mosquitoes that ate me alive, I'd say it was a pretty good night!
|Sawyer rules the roost. When Grandpa's not around, it is "his" boat.|
|A bunch of onlookers gave Dan nasty looks when they saw him throw Sawyer off the dock. We had to chuckle because if you had seen the ear to ear smile he had on his face, you would know how much he loved it!|
|It was definitely a rocky beach, but there is still little better than sand in between my toes and waves splashing over my feet.|
|Carter isn't nearly the water baby my other two are, and he was very content sitting on the shore, making tracks out of sand for his matchbox cars and letting his dad bury him in the sand.|
We spent that evening at Mom and Dave's house, shooting off fireworks and eating strawberry pie. We gave the kids baths and lathered them up in some Baby Magic before throwing on their PJ's and heading home. Fourth of July=Almost Perfection. If Amy and Colin would have been around, it would have been perfection for sure!
The rest of the weekend has been just as heavenly. We've spent a lot of time together hanging out, recouping from the week and enjoying each other's company. We've finished off smoke balls, spent lots of time at the pool, had family night with a Top Chef competition, watched a movie outside on the projector and "slept" on the trampoline. Today we enjoyed lunch with my dad and Dan and I saw The Heat.
As I reread this, it sounds very "glamorous". I could tell you that Wednesday night, Carter had a fit because his glo stick didn't glow, Sawyer had to be drug along on his knees because he wanted to ride on the firetrucks. The mosquitoes were so bad during the fireworks, it was hard for me to enjoy them. Thursday, Dan and I fought most of the day about nothing I can remember today, Carter and Sawyer fought most of the afternoon over who got which matchbox cars. Sleeping on trampoline, though at the top of the kids' bucket list, was miserable. Everybody rolled to the middle, my hand was in an awkward place all night. My daughter kicked me in the face, the hand, the leg; my husband asked me what time it was every hour, and nobody slept until we all came inside at 4:45 am, slept through our church alarm and didn't wake up until 10:30. This morning my back pain reminded me I am no longer 10 years old anymore, blah, blah, blah. The list is endless really. I choose not to add all that because those aren't the things I want to remember.
Our lives aren't perfect, but hindsight is 20/20. I choose to remember the little things that will become the big things later. Sure there was bickering and fighting and back pain and messy houses, but my kids' memory buckets are filled to the brim this week. Even though nobody actually slept on the trampoline last night, my kids can't stop talking about it. And those things, my friends are what I choose to relish in. Sometimes, you do things just to leave an imprint on your children's lives.
This week, I plan on getting my nose to the grindstone. I am going to deep clean rooms in my house, work on putting pictures in albums, purge crap that isn't needed, and tie up some loose ends. I will also head to the pool, read my book, draw chalk outlines with my kids, eat popsicles, and cheer on my middle on his last baseball game of the season. It's all about balance. Ebb and Flow baby. Ebb and Flow.
Enjoying the summer things. ~Mandi