soaking up the last few days of summer vacation

31 08 2010

This has been a wonderful summer.  To be perfectly honest the last few weeks have been more difficult but fun nonetheless.  It’s hard keeping 3 boys entertained all day everyday.  Each day stayed at home inevitably leads to a wrestling match.  These boys just can’t control it.  I joke and say that we need a house with a room that either has a wrestling ring or  is just made completely of rubber.  This would save my sanity, simply because I wouldn’t be yelling “DON’T TOUCH YOUR BROTHER!!” al day long.  But today is the last day and I of course am excited to have some quiet time coming back my way.  But you know the guilt I of course feel too, for the times that I yelled at them.  The times that they weren’t really doing anything wrong, I just needed a break and felt overwhelmed and yelled. 

Khalil Gibran said “Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.”  I know he speaking of marriage however I think this is true for any relationship.  There was no space for me.  From June 22 until today the boys and I have only been together.  With the exception of the one night my husband and I ran off to Tom Petty for a few hours.  So I wanted to make the most of these few days of togetherness that we have before school starts.  I wanted to make up for my impatience.  (and i of course wanted them to go back to school with only good memories of mommy, I didn’t need them only remembering the yelling, that could make for an awkward conversation with the new teachers lol!!)  Right now I’m listening to the sounds of the big boys playing Wii, they’ve wanted this all summer.  The other sound I’m listening to is the smallest whining that he wants to play Wii too.  This is the reason I haven’t let them just spend an afternoon doing this.  But soon he’ll have me to himself, so I know he’ll be just fine.  Earlier today we went to the local animal shelter and let the kids dream about getting a puppy.  They and my husband are itching for a dog, I’m good with my kitty for now.  But I am entertaining the idea. 

I let the boys have sherbet for dessert with lunch today.   We don’t even usually have dessert with dinner so this is a big treat.  I’m loving hearing the boys shout “This is the best day EVER!”   Of course they have said this at least once everyday this summer, so I have to be doing something right, right?  Oh the mixed emotions of being a mom.

I’ll leave you with our pie eating contest. I just have to give you a little background info.  This feels like some kind of confessional lol, but I’m unreasonably petrified of frogs!  I didn’t think of this when we bought our cute little house with a brook flowing at the end of our yard.  I just envisioned our family sitting out underneath the stars, or running through the yard with no shoes on.  I can’t do that.  Our yard is full of frogs.  A little boys heaven.  A big scaredy cat’s nightmare.  My boys are very respectful of my fear.  They catch the frogs that they can see and go put them into the woods, but still I know they are there and it’s very difficult for me to spend a significant amount of time in our picturesque yard.  That all being said, we ventured out to the picnic table yesterday and set up a little pie eating contest.  I made the boys run around the table probably 50 times before I was willing to come near it.  Then I wouldn’t put my feet on the grass to take the pictures.  I was crouching on the picnic table the whole time taking pictures so that no frogs would touch me.  I’m sure it was a sight to be seen.  I tell you about my irrational fear as sort of an apology for the strange angles and bad lighting on the pictures.  But I was proud of myself for as well as I did.  Ok enough talk, I’m done rambling (this is the most adult conversation I’ve had all day!) here is our pie eating contest.

Before (our yard looks messy because of leftover’s from the birthday party)

On your mark..get set.. GO!!!!  (notice there are 3 boys in this contest)

“Hmmmm I’m the world’s slowest eater why did I enter a pie eating contest…”

“nom nom nom”

“Mom’s busy snapping pictures of my brothers stuffing their faces, now’s my chance to cause some mayhem!”

“How’s he doing, I wonder if I can catch up with him to win this thing.”

Nope not even pie can keep this busy 3 year old still.  This is him before he snuck off to ride his big brother’s razor scooter!

“I better step up my game if I’m gonna win this thing.”

We have a winner!

But as my middle son quickly pointed out he really didn’t lose cause he got to eat a cherry pie.  (remember we rarely do dessert around here!)

There are no losers when pie is involved!

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