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Thursday, May 21, 2009


There are only about 1,001 topics and ideas floating around in my head. Yet the weather has been gorgeous, the days have been long and my house, oh my house, really needs a good cleaning.

You can just say I've been a little bit sidetracked this week. Figuring out the balance of inside and outside and naptime and how that's all going to work this summer. (Cause when you've got a babe who likes a four hour afternoon nap, we've got to make some adjustments. But I am most certainly not complaining.)

We've been outside, soaking up the warmth and sunshine every day the past week. Each night all the kids have needed baths and showers to scrub off the day's play and be fresh for the morning. A sure sign that fun had been had.

We've been to the park and back just a couple hundred times.

But it doesn't really matter if we're home or at the park or anywhere else right now because just being outside on these beautiful days is enough.

T and his friends get sweaty shooting hoops or riding bikes or making skateboard jumps. M works on mastering the monkey bars, cartwheeling about and picking dandelions. (Hypothetically of course because my husband insists we have none.)H runs and jumps and plays and sleeps harder than he's ever slept before at night.
And little E supervises whether strapped in her stroller or strapped in the Baby Bjorn watching the craziness take place.
We are just loving our outside days these days.

And the way we really know that summer is here to stay? Once the popsicles start becoming a part of our daily life. True confession, on hot summer days we have a popsicle at least once a day sometimes twice or even three times. We love us some good popsicles.
There is something about the smell of sunscreen, the dirt caked finger nails and sweaty heads eating popsicles that makes me smile.


Blogger Kim said...

I've always said that you can tell it has been a good day if there is a dirt ring in the tub when the water drains.

May 21, 2009 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Jon, Sara, Tyler, and Sophie said...

Oh my, E's little teeth showing through in her smile is so cute!

May 21, 2009 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Love the picture of Miss E and her adorable! You said it best about a great day can always be told by how dirty the kids are.

May 21, 2009 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

This is a great post! It captures each kid in what they love best right now. :)

May 21, 2009 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Rodman Life said...

It's summer great! I too love the sunscreen smell and dirtiness of it all - farming is good for getting dirty. And those popsicles...nothing wrong with eating 3 of them on a hot day, is there? I do it all the time!

...about the house of yours that needs a cleanin'.. you know who to call! ; )

May 21, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Hooray for summer! Glad it's finally arrived, and that you're all enjoying it so much.

May 21, 2009 at 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

S - You are an awesome mom! Love, J.

May 21, 2009 at 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Yes! Summer..Ice cream trips to the beach...
Kids are looking so happy to be out and about, And E's little teeth with her big smile.
Have a Wonderful Summer...
Love You All
Auntie Laurie

May 22, 2009 at 8:37 AM  
Anonymous linda said...

I am so with you! We have been swimming, and getting a tan! The one problem is she does NOT want a nap! She is afraid of missing something...

May 22, 2009 at 1:29 PM  

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