The summer is ending…. It is bitter sweet.
It has been a hectic summer with 4 kids ranging in age from 7 months t0 10 years. Most days have felt impossible and I am just happy to make it to bed time. It has been a challenge at times to find activities for us all to do together. But, we have made it, almost.
I tried to keep the older kids busy with park league and hockey camps and adventure camp. But the price adds up and they get tired. We have been to the science museum, the children museum, various parks and beaches. They have been on countless playdates. They have been bored. That’s what happens when you have a baby that needs to nap and a demanding 3 year old and you try to limit screen time.
It has been a delicate balance to say the least. At times my house has been a disaster and there is nothing I can do about it. Other times I spend hours cleaning and it hardly makes a dent. I have learned as a stay-at-home mom to keep my own sanity at times I just need to let go and realize it will all get done at some point or not and that is fine.
This summer I also had the challenge of planning my parents 50th wedding anniversary party. All my siblings chipped in, but it was up to me to get the ball rolling and making sure that things got done by who they were supposed to get done by. It all came together and was a great event and I am honored to say that my parents have been married for 50 years. It is a long time.
We still have a couple of adventures that are waiting for us this summer. But it is quickly coming to an end. Our hockey season starts tomorrow, school starts next week. I still need to finish getting school supplies and back to school clothes. All while planning and packing to go away for a final weekend.
I honestly don’t know how I get it all done. Not to pat myself on the back but we have had a good summer and I feel accomplished by what that means. Sure, I haven’t blogged as much as I wanted or exercised (at all) or gotten done nearly a 1/3 of the projects I thought we would at the beginning of summer, but we have had fun and haven’t killed each other!
I am excited for the fall. My baby turns one! How is that possible. Pumpkin spice is back and I can enjoy it this year because I don’t have gestational diabetes. Soccer and Hockey will be in full swing. I love watching my kids compete in sports. This is the last fall that my 3rd child won’t be in school. Next year she will go to pre-school and so on.
Summer has been impossible and fun and hectic and crazy and there will never be another one like it!