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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

crazy busy (non-blogging) life

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.

but i am off the subject and should be hitting the highlights you've missed over the past little bit here.  soooo let's start with the next thing after visiting the "greats".  my sister-in-law came to visit for almost a week.  which pretty much meant we got to live at my parents too.  we got to introduce her to ethan and we got to meet our newest niece laila.  the two little ones were born 8 days apart.

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.

the past week i have to be honest i was just too tired to stay up late to write.  we did decide to homeschool mia this year.  it's just the right decision for us right now. soooo, i have been working on trying to figure out where in our little house this was going to occur, getting things ready, organizing, thinking, reading and planning.  i don't want to make homeschool sound hard.  it really isn't that bad.  i was just trying to get it all done in a week and i am a planner and organizer by nature, especially with new things.  oh my!  so more to come on school but for now my amazing 5 year old will get to stay home and play and explore and learn and just be 5.  and that's just the way we want it.

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