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Summer time?

I always have ambitious plans for summer time.

I’ll go on a run with the boys every morning in the double stroller.
I’ll reorganize and decorate their rooms.
I’ll have a homeschool summer program set up.
We’ll visit a few museums and zoos and new parks every week. 
We’ll barbecue and swim and go to the beach with our friends all the time.
Art projects and new recipes and fun adventures galore.
Memories to last a lifetime. 

You guys…I don’t know who I’m even kidding with these grand plans.
Because summer arrives. Then it ends.
And I’m lucky if we’ve covered even 10% of what I put on that list.
So far, this summer has been no different.

Sure we’ve made memories, had some fun adventures and tried new things.
But for the most part I find that we’re simply trying to survive.
Survive the heat. Survive the chaos.
Survive the mess and the unorganized schedules and the later bed times.

Also, did you know that your kids can get sick in the summer time too?
Like full on runny noses, coughs and a fever?
Apparently these yucky illnesses are not reserved for colder weather
and it seems we’ve decided to add them to our summer bucket list this year.

It’s funny though.
Because if I really think about it, every summer is like this.
Long long days, hot hot weather, and high high energy boys.
Yet, I look back on all of our summers as a little family and I only have the fondest of memories.  I suppose I’ve chosen to take away the good.

And I know that in the future, when I look back on the Summer of 2014, I’ll only remember the magic moments.

The look in our boys eyes when we brought home our sweet puppy.  Watching them blow out their birthday candles and licking frosting off their little fingertips.  Crying that one time Wesley put his head under the water in the pool for a millisecond.  Our unexpected magical 4th of July evening–the first time either of the boys watched fireworks without melting down.  Sawyers first bike and Wesley’s most perfect sail boat painting.  Tan bodies and sun bleached hair and lots and lots of watermelon.  This is what I’ll chose to remember about our summer.  But for the sake of documenting just a smidgen of the chaos, I’ll leave you with these:

sawyer foodDon’t let that face fool you. He’s up to no good.

messy sawyer
sawyer eating
boys jumping
Jumping. Jumping. Jumping.
jumping boys
wesley and maverick
sawyer maverick
messy kitchen
A glimpse at the messy chaos and the sandy floors that have become a norm around these parts.  Let’s build them a sandbox, she said. It will be so fun, she said.

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1-photo
2-photoPuppy casualty.

3-photoShaving cream incident.

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  • Reply
    Dawn @ Life in the Sack
    July 24, 2014 at 4:05 am

    So far it looks like an amazingly crazy awesome fun summer!! Love.

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    Alicia
    July 24, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Oh my gosh. Let me tell you, we are in the same boat around these parts. As I write this, my year and a half daughter is coughing up a lung on the floor because she caught her brothers chest cold, Her oatmeal from breakfast is still all over the floor. my 3 and a half year old son is throwing his train track all over the living room, and their lunch is scattered all over the table. My laundry is (by some miracle) done, but sitting in laundry baskets unfolded on the bedroom floor. the playroom is actually terrifying so I refuse to go upstairs, and I am sitting here resting because I’m 4 months pregnant and just don’t want to do anything today.

    We have kids close in age. I relate to your post 100%

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      Latter-day Jane
      July 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Your description is wonderful, Alicia — love the honesty there. Makes me feel right at home!

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    Lesa
    July 24, 2014 at 4:10 am

    ohhh I love seeing this! I feel the exact same way! I’m a teacher and put so much pressure on myself to pack it all in during summer but I love not having to PLAN and ….that’s a problem! We have our fun, get to local events, etc. but it’s about this time that I get that feeling of wishing it could last for… a little longer! 😉 Thanks for keeping it real!

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    Tahnie
    July 24, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Girl, nothing is more refreshing than REAL. Honest like is messy, beautiful chaos, with yummy memories in there too.

    xoxo.

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    Erin
    July 24, 2014 at 4:37 am

    I too am so shocked when my kids get sick in the summer. I’m like, “Hello we hardly leave the house. Where are you even getting these germs?”

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    Bethany
    July 24, 2014 at 4:38 am

    It’s good to know sometimes that you aren’t the only one with crazy schedules when someone else tells you their story. Thanks for sharing. I think we are all too hard on ourselves sometimes to get so much done and instead just need to enjoy the moment.

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    [email protected]+Girl+on+the+Move
    July 24, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Thank you for sharing the pictures and the reminder that even if, or when, we don’t cross everything off our summer bucket list, it’s okay because memories have still been made!

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    Sharon
    July 24, 2014 at 6:43 am

    It’s all about choices, isn’t it? I wish I could get my mind to wrap itself around the positive instead of the negative. This is a good reminder.

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      latterdayjane.com
      July 25, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      We’re all in this together, Sharon. I know what you mean about struggling with the positivity/negativity sometimes. Thank goodness we can start fresh each morning!

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    Amy+K.
    July 24, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Looks like a PERFECT summer to me!

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    Kelsi
    July 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I can totally relate to those plans that never happen. But it looks like y’all are having a wonderful summer! Sometimes the crazy, unscheduled, care free days of summer are all you need for fun memories. Thanks for sharing the truth mama! xo

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    ashley ozuna
    July 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I so appreciate this post! You show whats real, not what you think people may want to see or for that matter, know. I do the very same thing every.single.year. I have totally rad plans and even go as far as to share them with other people…..I plan on it, I truly do, but why make plans during the Summer when the rest of the year is full of planned things…..I say we let Summer come and let Summer “plan us”! Impromptu picnics, sidewalk-chalk competitions….and judging by your pictures, you’ve allowed just that, you’ve allowed Summer to just be and I love that! Your boys are so stinkin’ cute! xoxo ~Ashley shehimthem.wordpress.com

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      latterdayjane.com
      July 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Ashley, exactly! I think growing up, a lot of us had exactly the kind of summer you describe — less plans, more freedom. And sometimes, that’s okay. Aside from swimming lessons, we let summer find us this year. Hard to believe it’s almost over now.

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    EHayes
    July 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    love this so much! I feel the same way, especially lately with all the ‘I thought we would have done more “summer” by now’, but two kids two and under does not make that an easy task! Thanks for sharing the mess, I love it!

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    Kate
    July 25, 2014 at 2:39 am

    oh my, I”m glad I’m not the only one with grandiose plans that never come to fruition! I had a summer bucket list and maybe 3 of those things are crossed off. 🙂 It’s been a long summer with my 3 boys, I hope they haven’t hated it!

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    Latter-day Jane
    July 25, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I’ve found myself some of these very same lists and feeling some of these very same thoughts. Thank you for giving a voice to the many mommas who are experiencing the same things. At day’s end, it’s more about how well we love, how much we smiled, and sometimes — how well we coped with the obstacles we faced.

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    Bzeedik
    July 26, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Great post. So true! List schmist!

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    Amy @ So There. by Amy
    July 27, 2014 at 1:23 am

    HAHA! The chaos, real life, photos are my favorite.
    Looks like a fun summer regardless.
    I don’t have kids yet, but I totally do the same thing. This summer, I’m going to go to the beach or pool every weekend, do all these house projects, have friends over to bbq. So far…none have happened. Crap. It’s almost August!!
    Sigh.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂 🙂

  • Reply
    Michelle+Parrott
    July 27, 2014 at 1:24 am

    You look like you guys are having plenty of fun! lol

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    Amy G.
    July 28, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Ashley, You are exactly right and it never changes… they grow up and the sand is replaced by a mass of flip flops all too big for you and there is a heap of teen boys littering your family room floor and a pile of dishes in the sink that were placed there sometime after you went up to bed. You still make ambitious goals for the summer but now there is a sense of urgency to fit it all in because you realize that your oldest will be leaving home soon and you never accomplished more than the 10% of things on your to-do list and you worry that you never did enough…but then you take a deep breath and look around and KNOW that all of the little things ARE what mattered most…You are so blessed! Keep soaking up every single moment and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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    kyla
    July 29, 2014 at 4:40 am

    i’m so glad i’m not the only one with a high energy boy (and you have 2…yowza lady! i can’t even imagine) i think the puppy actually has less energy then the boys…is that even possible? btDUBs, the shaving cream incident…looks like there was fun to be had there! thanks for always sharing your fun family stories. as a mom who sometimes feels like she is going out of her mind…just surviving the chaos…it’s nice to know i’m not the only one. -kyla @ http://houseofhipsters.com/

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    Sabrina
    August 7, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Oh good! I thought I was the only one getting nothing done this summer 😀 I work part-time, and when I am at home with my 3 mo. old and my 2 yr. old, it feels like I should be out doing something fun with them. But no, I have to do household chores, etc. It always feels like all the other mom’s I know are out doing more with their kids. I always think “they must have a cleaning service” 🙂

    Thanks for this post! Glad to see others in the same boat.

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