Friday, June 26, 2015

Well Hello, Blog

I've had several people mention "your blog" to me lately and I'm all like, "Blog? what blog?"

It feels like forever since I have written here. Not because I have stopped blogging or because I HATE THE BLOG but rather because life has become a whirlwind.

Addison finished her final year of preschool (hip hip horray!) which means that her summer break lined up with Aaron's busy season (landscaping is best done when it isn't -20 outside...or so I'm told) which means that I have 3 kids all day long with no helper spelling me at bedtime...which means that life has suddenly sped up like crazy.

I have gotten a few breaks this week because of friends being in town and a dentist appointment and Papa and Grandma's church hosting VBS that the older two have loved attending...so don't feel too sorry for me. I only had to call Poison Control ONCE this week (and it was really mostly just to chat to see if they were missing me too much).

So what have we been up to??? I will let the pictures do the talking.

                     First Day of Preschool                                Last Day of Preschool
 Here are the kids all looking at me like I'm crazy (this happens surprisingly a lot. OK maybe not surprisingly.)
 Here they are smiling and looking pleasant ALL AT THE SAME TIME (If I bought lottery tickets no doubt I would have run to buy one on this day).
Here is the very first batch of cupcakes that Addison decorated. (I feel like this should be an "in memory of" picture as they cupcakes are loooong gone.) She was quite proud of her work.
 Here they all are trying their very best to fall into the sheep pen at the farm.
 Here is Addison at her cardiology appointment with Eli as her comforting presence. Apparently I was just their ride home. (Good news...her pulmonary hypertension is FINALLY gone.)
The kids also had their first boat ride. (we stayed in the shallow water...and this only lasted 20 min). Ever since the kids have been begging for "MORE BOAT!!!" The masses have spoken.
This is what happens when I forget to invite Addison to help me roll out the pizzas and she takes it upon herself to "get it done" in the kitchen...
I have started a #triplewagon series on Instagram to document some of our adventures. (Spoiler alert: the triple wagon is in all of these pics)
Addison has bitten up her lenses so badly that she won't tolerate her glasses until the new lenses come in. (this takes 3 weeks) She seems to see pretty well without them (I'm assuming this is unrelated to her running into the open car door this morning?)
 Carter is turning into a gentleman who looks out for the other two in a very kind way (except for the 2% rascal that he pulls out when I least expect it.)
 Eli still hasn't had his first hair cut. He is becoming a big boy, and seems to have inherited the same rascal gene that his brother has. I think the Bible says this comes from the father's side?
 So yeah. My 3.
Side note: I am reading through a book that uses a LOT of parenthesis. I find this habit to be rather contagious. I should apologize (so sorry).

I know blogging has changed to where we are supposed to post only "10 things to help you become a better blah blah blah!" But if I hold myself to that standard...you will most likely never hear from me again because I just don't have the time or energy to creatively craft this sort of masterpiece. (How to be a better blah blah blah 1. Stop calling yourself a blah) 

This summer is simultaneously dragging and flying by. The days with the kids are both hideously difficult and beautifully precious. I am learning a lot about myself (mostly that I am not naturally good at this mothering thing), and trying to learn more about my 3 to help them better navigate into the fall. Because you know what happens this fall????

Kindergarten for Addison
Preschool for Carter
Mommy time ALONE for Eli

So we are treasuring each and every summer day (while wishing for some for HURRY UP AND BE DONE ALREADY). But mostly the treasuring thing. We soak in the rays and we take long naps on the rainy days. We make messes and then we learn to clean them up. We read books and we take long walks. We take adventures and we stick to the boring ol' normal. We eat ice cream and...well, mostly just ice cream.

Oh and also-- thank you for your help in spreading the word about Motherhood Unexpected. Last week on our free day (which ended up being more like a day and a half), we had 1,717 new downloads. Here's praying that those downloads fall in the hands of the ones who need that encouragement the most.

I hope your summer is going well! And as long as you can excuse our more casual approach to summer blogging...we will see you here again soon(ish).

Like peanut butter on the fingers of a curious toddler, this post is begging to be shared.
 
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