Tuesday, July 1, 2014

better late than never

Hello, Friends.

It's been awhile, hasn't it? Life seems to grip you like the current of a swiftly moving river. You just do your best to wade in the water and grab the closest floating object to keep you afloat.

Since we are such level headed folks, we thought it would be a sane idea to adopt a second rescue dog. I know, we are so smart. He's been a handful, but our trainer has helped us to see that there is hope. I'll cling tightly to that hope because this big boy, Ben, is testing my patience. Love him, though...just not when he darts to our neighbors pool or throws up multiple times on my new rug.

We also had a chance to catch up with my college roommate and fellow mom of boys. Isn't it amazing how we don't look a day over twenty??? It's okay, I give you permission to laugh at that one. Andrea and Art speak our language: skateboarding, bodily functions, and high energy. Enough said.

In the midst of end of the school year activities, we found an opportunity to catch our breath at our annual Memorial Day celebration at the beach. Dipping my toes in hot sand and watching the boys crash in the waves is all I need.

Then the reality of June hit us.

This year was bittersweet as Luke celebrated his 5th grade promotion. He won't drive to school with us and hang out in my 1st grade classroom before and after school next year. I was a hot mess the entire week leading up to promotion. I was obsessively reminiscing and scanning through old  photos and videos. By the time Jack, our 3rd son moves on, I'm sure I'll pull myself together from this whole "you can never ever grow up" affliction I seem to have.

Well, we'll see about that. This mom gig is rough on the heart.

Jack celebrated his last day of kindergarten. Both sets of grandparents were there with Kevin and I to see him receive his elaborate memory book his teacher made for him.

Charlie was pumped about the last week of second grade. We don't call him Fun-Time Charlie for nothing. They had a water day and awards ceremony during the last week of school. His teacher gave him a massive chapter book to read over the summer. Yeah, he's got to get on that.

Now we are settling into summer mode. We're enjoying sleeping in...till 6:00 a.m. (thanks, Jack!) and hanging out at the beach. It is our go-to place where everyone is happy. Do you have such a place? Do tell...

And with that, I hope you are each having a fun-filled summer.

Much love,


Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Welcome Back! I almost don't recognize you as your hair is brown and you look super healthy. I hope health wise that you are doing well. As for the dog, I am sending prayers your way and will pray he will stop throwing up on your rug. Love the photos of the boys! They are getting so big! 5th grade-wow! They grow up so fast! So hard to watch are babies grow up! Wishing you a great summer!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

p.s. It is me -LikesChocolate


AMedina said...

Hey, now. I still get carded from time to time. Granted it's when my hair is down and I have no make-up on (AKA I look like sh*t). Next time we'll get ALL the boys together!

Amy Caudill said...

Our summer is the same so far....going to the beach as often as possible! I'm a teacher, too, so I crave just getting to be outside! Soaking it all up as I know it will fly by.

Christina Schergen said...

Love your photos! I thought summer would bring more down time at our house...boy was I wrong lol. :)