Shortly after the two-wheel learning trip to Nana and Papa's, the kids and I managed a trip to Grandma and Grandpa's as well. There was a marathon of campfires, 4 wheel rides, thrifting with Grandma for the girls and building in the shop time with Grandpa for the boys.
We made it to a "new" place in the creek too for wading,
and, my personal favorite, playing with dead crayfish!
Tate also managed to get stuck almost knee deep in a mud pit and had to be rescued by yours truly, but flat out refused to let me take a picture of his muddy self.
I have been terrible lately about taking pictures, terrible about documenting and posting about our day to day stuff. We've been playing with neighborhood friends, dreaming about future projects, reading, indulging in too much kid tv and wii games (The kids pooled THEIR money and bought one. A much happier purchase in my mind than all the sillybandz they had been begging to waste their money on). I have been doing some cleaning and purging and organizing, although it seems to be destroyed by the kids immediately after doing so. I think we all very much need school and routine to start again. Yesterday I went into work (I have been on the Time-As-Reported books by my employer for 7 years, but for a year now I have had no work) and received instruction on the new from home tasks I will be taking on. A financial blessing, but a time management stressor for me. Tate has been assigned afternoon kindergarten this year and Ellerie will start morning preschool, which means a lot of running around and no time all to myself again this year. I think it will be a blessing to have some time just with Tate though. Sometimes that is hard to come by with the middle child. I just hope I can swing it all with grace and a sense of humor.
Wish me luck; I'm gonna need it!