Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Behind the Times

I've been putting this post off because I keep meaning to FIRST post about my big boy, Tate, who, almost a month ago now, learned to ride a two wheel bike with Papa Paul. Problem is, I want a pic with that entry and all I have is a video, which I can't remember how to shrink to put on the blog without Mike around. I can't seem to remember to TAKE a picture of Tate riding when he is actually on the bike and I can't manage to remember to ask Mike about shrinking the video when he is around either. So, there I go. No bike post yet.

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,

rock climbing,

log rolling,

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!


Jen said...

The first paragraph had me nodding my head in understanding. The first picture had me getting teary, remembering building things with my grandpa and boy cousins in my grandpa's basement.

What are you going to be doing for work?

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Grace and sense of humor? You've got it in spades!

Anonymous said...

The crayfish is awesome and gross at the same time!

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Good luck in your life juggling act - you can do it I am sure. Oohhh i am glad it is not just my brain that works like that, fleeting thoughts that drift off until it is too late and then another fleeting thought 'oh I was meant to ...' only to forget again - aaahhh!

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

I remember having three kids in 3 different schools running me ragged. I know adding work to that seems overwhelming but I have no doubt that you will manage with Grace and Humor. Enjoy the time with Tate. Maybe you'll get a chance to do the bike pictures!

And you guys got to climb on rocks!! My favorite. Plus dead crawfish! You already are Lucky! ; )

Aging Mommy said...

I love that first photo - special memories for the boys working with Grandpa.

If you have been busy having fun and enjoying the summer then that is way more special than having time for this blog and other things. Those memories will last forever, with or without the photos.

Good luck with the new work and I hope you somehow get some time to yourself in the midst of this new schedule.

Artfulife said...

Luck! Thanks for my package. I loved it!!!!!!!