Monday, July 24, 2017

GETTING OUR SUMMER GROOVE: PROS & CONS

Getting ready to go to Rwanda, going to Rwanda and getting back from Rwanda have consumed a LOT of our time and energy this summer.  And it was absolutely worth every bit, but as I've gotten back, it's been a little difficult to figure out what I do in life. 😅 In the summer.  With half of my kids with me most of the time.  So, we've had to find a summer groove, which we are just getting into as summer is drawing to a close in the coming weeks.  Everything goes absolutely as fast as everyone says it does. Except for the bad things - those tend to creep by at the pace of dripping molasses, but I think we learn stuff from the bad things? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Anyway . . . here's what our summer groove has looked like.

▪️Lots of trips to the library.  Pros: air-conditioning, easily accessible restrooms and so many books.  Cons: the need to be not super loud. 🤦🏻‍♀️

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▪️VBS. Pros: free, Bible-based child care.  Cons: an evening program that one of my 4 year olds could not possibly sit through.

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▪️Trips to the pool.  Pros: Giant inflatables, everybody likes it, and it keeps us cool in the sweltering July heat. Cons: The pizza delivery man has a hard time finding it and always has to call and get directions. #epitomeoffirstworldprobs

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▪️Twins at preschool. Pros: They love going (*most days) and are learning a lot each day. Cons: Getting up every morning and having to say goodbye to this year's teacher. 😭 

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▪️Ice Cream at the new Loblolly Scoops. Pros: They always have six DAIRY-FREE options! And lots of other really great flavors. Cons: Family ice cream night has no cons.

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▪️Trip to the Wonder Place. Pros: So many options for playing, and no clean up for me. Cons: Feeling like other parents are judging me for playing on my phone instead of being fully engaged with every moment of my children playing. 😬

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▪️Doing a few fireworks. Pros: We always love a good sparkler. Cons: We missed the actual day to do this, but going on safari was worth it. 👊🏻

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▪️Trip to the Alligator Farm. Pros: Fun with friends + getting to see and feed animals. Cons: Goats escaping their pen, and me laughing too hard to be able to do anything about it.

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It's been good! And hot and everything in between cause it's real life, y'all.

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