Present! That was my word for this summer. I mean here we are already into the new school year and so many of you have been asking why Ive been so quiet on here and well there are a couple reason for that (and I’ll be sharing more in later posts about the other reasons) but the biggest one is I had this strong sense of mom guilt well maybe not even guilt more mom realization that my time with my babies is ever fleeting. I am sure you have all hear the stat that we only have 18 summers with our kids and I don’t even think we truly have that many because lets me honest they will have jobs and be working maybe even away at summer camps in their teenage years so when you think of it that number is probably too high and I was convinced that I wanted to spend this summer super present. I stepped away from social media and blogging and yeah I missed it but in some ways I totally didn’t. It was a much needed break and also helped me come to some major realizations (which again I’ll share later). A few months ago one of my sweet children made a comment *not towards me but someone else I love* “you’re always on your phone” and that was a slap in the face a shocking but very real statement from their perspective thats what they thought and as much as the person wasn’t playing a game on their phone ignoring them thats how this child felt. So for the summer I decided to limit my screen use to check in first thing in the morning after breakfast and than worked hard to be off it until after bedtime. We had an amazing summer. In case you didn’t know we welcomed the sweetest baby boy into our family in April so my hands and heart were very full all summer and our days were busy but totally worth it. We spent a lot of time in water – thankfully all my babies love the water and the temps we had this summer made for perfect swimming, beach and splash pad dates. Its hard to say what our highlight was we had lots from friends welcoming their baby, to birthday parties, lots of playdates, helping my sister move, having daddy home a lot more but I think if you asked the kids they would say our vacation to Santas Village was the top and we made a video coming soon all about it. The kids are at such a fun age that we can do lots they all keep up with each other and are amazing helps with the baby (who is literally the best baby Ive ever had). I feel like every summer flies bye – I mean they aren’t really that long but we literally had one weekend were we had nothing on but I wouldn’t have changed it for anything. September hit us smack in the face and the kids were super excited to get back to school and I was sad to see them go but was ready to get back into our routine and slow down but I was wrong there was no slowing down but thats life right I know I’m not the only one. Being busy is not bad along as you are doing things you love and still making time for things that are important to you when your busy tending to things that you have to do. I can’t believe the summer flew bye so quickly and yet I believe we truly made the most of it so no regret now we are off and running back in full fall routine and schedules! How was your summer? I heard from some of you an alway love hearing and seeing what your all up to!  Has everyone adjusted back into fall schedules smoothly? What was the hardest adjustment for you?

Our Trip To Toronto Zoo

Family Fun With Cousins At Bingemans Waterpark

Friends Playdate At The Local Pool

Beach Day

Out on Grandpa’s Boat

Daddy Doing One Of His Favourite Things

Mommy And Her Boy On The Boat

Our Trip To Santa’s Village

 

 

 

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  • Long weekend spent doing errands and packing - sore throat, full ears and a headache making this girl frustrated - sleep they say!?! And I say I wish but when your a mama to 4 and moving in just days sleep will have to wait! Thankful for medicine, @starbuckscanada and the fact we get to move to our new house so soon! Perspective changes everything - can’t change how I feel but I can change my focus!
  • Cold wet morning and early specialist appointment where they told me I had to wear loose fitting clothes- track suit it is! #monday #letsdothis
  • The privilege and blessing it is to be their mommy is one I don’t take for granted ever. They were each worth the years of heartache. Today is always an emotional one for me so today I say “Happy Mother’s Day” to all the moms - the first time moms, the seasoned ones, the mommy’s in waiting, the hurting ones, the grieving one wether that be from the loss of a mom or a loss of a baby/child, to the foster mamas, to the bonus moms to the adoptive mommy’s and the birth moms - I am thinking of you today and I hope you feel love and valued because you are!
  • As a mommy I find myself often times so proud to be the mommy of my little people. I remember being proud when they slept through the night or took their first steps. The older they get the more proud I am of them not necessarily when they simply accomplish a task or master a skill but when they make choices that show their true character. This girl had another gymnastics competition today and she was feeling all kinds of nerves but as she told her brother and sister “I just went out there and did it” and that she did. I was so proud of her not just for being brave or not just because she put lots of work into learning her skills and ended up placing in each event she competed in but because my 6 year old was awarded the sportsmanship trophy for the ages 7-9 in the competition. That to me as her mama made me cry and beam with pride. My girl out there with a positive attitude encouraging the other athletes and competing in a kind and fair manner that’s what it’s all about to this mama. I can take no credit for her awards or her trophy today she earned them all but I sure am proud and not afraid to say it. I love you #graylynnhope and I’m proud to be your mama not just today but everyday!
  • Easter behind us (already) May is coming and dare I say summer is on its way... I’m pretty sure end of school will be here literally before I know it and I’m ok with that but lots of exciting things in store for the next little while and these little people make it all worth it.
  • Monday’s mantra! (And everyday) If we all where a little kinder think how different the world would be! Kindness always wins!

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