Oh gosh it's early morning and while this morning the pillow was feeling EXTRA comfy I opted to get up do my workout (LOVE my T25), enjoy my breakfast in peace and quiet then do a little work.
This morning I was again reflecting on my journey through motherhood. It has taken so many twists and turns from working outside my home full time to SAHM to WAHM. By far the WAHM role is still the most challenging. You have heard me say it before and I am saying it again but finding balance is just something I am not sure I am ever going to master. When I worked outside my home it was so easy for me to say when I got home my attention was completely devoted to my kids. Now I find that when they are busy I try to squeeze in something, and of course that's right when they need you. Although I continue to do the best I can, I think like most parents I still wonder am I doing enough? Are my kids happy? Will they be good people? All the usual little thoughts from that nagging voice in our head. It all goes by so fast I love that I have a bazillion photos to help me remember it all. Recently in my quest to keep everything more organized I discovered I like to make little videos of our photos. I feel like a video gives it more of an emotional connection for me since there is just now way I can display all of our photographs. Lets face it anything creative I am in! I then only keep the most important photos. I find it impossible to delete photos of my kids, good or bad. Most importantly when I view the videos later I feel like I am able to answer some of those nagging questions that keep me up at night. I think amongst all the chaos and the constant transitions as my business grows my kids are happy and healthy and we are a crazy family!
We have had a pretty low key summer. Our main activities have involved anything that does not require traveling with a wild 2 year old or that cost a lot money. In past years we have always done a lot of swimming. However my boys have always been terrified of water. Just bobbing around was about all they would do. So going to the beach or paying for the public pool just didn't seem worth it after awhile. A day before my daughter was born I decided it was time to invest in one of the little quick set pools for the yard. I knew I was not going to want to be going to the public pool with her for awhile and although the boys dislike "swimming" they do love bobbing around in the water. We have upgraded our pool every year for 3 years keeping it the same depth but giving them more room to bounce around and finally this year after many attempts at lessons and private mentoring I was staring into the pool for the 100th time trying to figure out how to balance the water and I noticed my A2 was swimming. Real honest to goodness gliding under the water swimming! Then my A1 was doing it. I darn near had to pinch myself to see if was a dream. Then he did it again and again! It was a Christmas in July miracle. And the jumping! Last year it was kind of a hold the ladder, twist to the side and jump. No matter how many times I would say you must jump straight out to be safe. Now they are jumping like crazy people. I have always loved water and wanted that for kids. Well my daughter she was born to swim. No fear! Not always a good thing either ;) I ran into the house and grabbed the camera to capture this. Not sure if I would remember as time goes on the day all 3 of my kids were swimming around for the first time.
The kids also LOVE science projects. I love their creativeness, not so much the use of my kitchen items outside and the constant mess, but I digress. The boys decided to make super bubbles and make super bubbles they did. Such an easy thing. I didn't even have to help them and they were able to clean up their own mess.
Want to see some of our summer? Check out our video!
Super Bubble Recipe
There are lots of ways to make bubbles this is one that we found works for us
6 cups water
2 cups Dawn
1 cup Karo syrup
Mix gently as to NOT form bubbles and let sit at least a hour.
It's best if you let it sit overnight but we have used after the hour mark ( the kids set the timer) and it has been fine.
What's your favorite backyard summer activity?