so it seriously has been like forever since i was on here. okay, maybe not that long but it's been long enough. aaaand, asher's crying.... be right back. okay, let's try again. see, this is why i haven't been on here. i have 4 kids, 4 little kids and for the past several weeks that has been enough. i mean that in the most wonderful way. they have just been the focus. being their mom and focusing on family and what we're doing and where we're going. and ya know, sometimes (okay alot of the time) it makes me tired.
usually it's the good kind of tired. the been playin' outside, runnin' around, visitin' friends, seein' family, laughin', plannin', playin' kind of tired. but there are times lately when it's been the not so good tired. the tried to do too much in a day, got too focused on the list, tried to own stuff, problems and situations that were not mine to own, let my feet slide off my firm foundation kind of tired. i'm not such a great mom. no, really, i'm not. not on my own. but when He's in control of my life, when i let Him lead me, guide me, speak for me ... i am an amazing mom. and i am not tired....well okay, the tired doesn't get to me.
we got to play on my dad's boat (yes, technically it's my parent's boat but really, it's my dad's boat if you know what i mean). and swim in the lake and jump off the boat and float around and enjoy that we have a great lake so close.
we attempted the impossible and tried to take a picture of all 6 of the grandkids together. it was hilarious and yes, we have to teach papa to stand behind the camera instead of to the side when trying to get kids to smile. pete did the rapid fire technique with the camera and (i am not exaggerating) took about 50 pictures of the kids. and you know what? we still didn't get them all smiling or looking at the camera at the same time. instead we got a ton of pictures of our kids just being our kids.
then we had to push our luck and put mana and papa in the mix too. just to see if we could get them a picture with all of their grandkids. same 50 pictures. same result. real life kids loving their grandparents and not caring about the camera.