Wednesday, September 25, 2013

{Farewell Summer}

Summer is officially over.
Our summer was eventful in many ways. We faced a few challenges. Ones that don't go away overnight or maybe ever. That is okay. We have been so blessed these past few months! 
Payton turned 8 and was baptized. He started Cub Scouts and is growing into quite the little man. 
We are so proud of him.
We purchased my parent's home where we have been renting the past 3 years.
I am so very happy we were able to do so. So so HappY! I love where we live, and the people we live around. I love the familiarity. I feel so at home here. I just could not see moving elsewhere. The times when I have lived in other places I just wasn't quite as happy as I feel when I have lived here. This is home. 

I feel so blessed

I actually was a little nervous for summer this year. Ya know, worried whether I would survive the task of entertaining 4 little ones day and night for weeks on end!  
I changed my children's school track so our summer was actually as long as a "traditional" summer. I have long lamented that my kids go to a school where they are on a year-round schedule. WELL.  Nothing like a "traditional" LOOOONGG summer to give me a little perspective on the matter!:) 
I shall never complain again about the year-round schedule. 
We had a fun summer, it went much better than I anticipated it would. We enjoyed the long days. Most days we tried to get out and do something fun. Some days were just plain boring. 
(Don't want these little men to think every single day is going to be a carnival, do I?) Tooo late. 
I loved the lazy mornings and not having a schedule! Truly the best part of summer. Right? Right. 

The children and I went to Bear Lake a few times. We enjoyed hiking, playing at the lake, going into "town" for pizza, rummaging for treasures at the local thrift shop, and looking at the toys at Kings department store.

We love small town life! 

Thinking back on one particular trip to Bear Lake makes me laugh! 
I often wonder what my children will remember of our adventures when they get older. On this particular trip one of my sons was absolutely rotten. Worst.behavior.ever. I wanted to drown him in the lake.
Okay, not really. But for real! SO Naughty.
I hollered so loud at him my voice cracked like a teenage boy going through puberty. 
I pray this son has forgotten all about it and only remembers the fun we had. Really I do.

We played with cousins and enjoyed my Aunt Jennifer and her kids coming to visit for a few weeks.
We took the kids to Lagoon. They loved it! 
Finnley still talks about Lagoon almost everyday. He wants to go back "so so so bad!"
We went to Seven Peaks a few times. 
The kids had fun there and I give myself a pat on the back for keeping them all alive.
 A BIG PAT ON THE BACK! I should get like a Snickers candy bar.
But I'll take the "pat" cause I'm just so happy they're all alive and well still!

I loved spending time with my little men day after day. 
Lesbehonest I didn't think I would. But I did!
I love them so.

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Being a mother full-time is a very hard job I've decided. Who Knew?
It's a thankless job really, and also one that I am bound and do mess up at in at least a thousand different ways pretty much everyday. 
 Oh well. I'm working hard on not letting that get to me. 
{More on that later!}

I was out with some friends the other night, and one friend said something like, " I can't imagine what it would be like to have FOUR boys! Your house must be chaotic ALL.THE.TIME."

Yup, that about sums it up friends.

1. a scene of uproar and confusion
"there was bedlam in the courtroom"
Synonyms: uproar, pandemonium, commotion, mayhem, confusion, disorder, chaos, anarchy, lawlessness.

{That last one makes me laugh!}

Lucky for me, even though I live in "Bedlam" 
I love it.

I love my life.
I really do.
I"m working to get my **** together.
Really, I am.
I also am entertaining the fact that this very well may be as "together" as it's going to get.
It's just so hard when I'm not sure what "together" really is. 
If you see me and it looks like I am frazzled as can be, well I probably am. 
But, I am okay.
I am more than okay.
I am so blessed.
I know that.

The children have gone back to school now. 
We are already looking forward to their first off-track break even!
We are working on making "off-track bucket lists"
We are sure to have loads of fun together. Even if every now and then I yell so loud my voice cracks!
I mean honestly, what's not fun about that!???

1.2.3.and 4
 love that happy little face!
 baby bummy

 Outfit ruined. He makes me laugh!
 Bloomington Lake. Possibly the most pristine place I have ever been
 Sweet little Finnley, slow.poke.
Grandpa and his awesome walking stick
 Payton looking thrilled to be alive;)

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