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I haven’t had a lot to say lately, as you can see. This space has been very quiet. Summer has started and with that, a change in our schedule. It also seems to have changed my mindset a little. I’ve felt more relaxed than I have in some time. I’ve been taking more time to just sit, not forcing myself to do anything if I don’t feel like it (aside from an occasional load of laundry and bathing the children).

Zach is spending a couple days each week with my sister and her family, just as we did last summer. I gave up on the idea of a summer camp because it just didn’t feel like the right thing for him this year. He was thrilled with this decision because it means he gets to see his cousins more. Evie, however, is not so happy about it because she does not like her big brother being gone. The entire time he’s gone she asks about him and begs me to go get him.

One thing I really wanted to do this summer was to plan some fun family activities (away from the tv and video games). The kids are old enough now that we don’t have to tote a diaper bag and a million things with us, so I figured it would be little bit easier to get out and actually go do stuff. Thanks to a new car purchase (finally!) and summer day care costs, we have very limited funds to do this with. The biggest problem though, is that I want to do outside activities (because I’m stuck in an office all week) and Hubby wants to do inside activities (because he’s out in the heat all week). This makes it a bit difficult to agree on pretty much anything.

Fishing with DaddyThis past weekend, I convinced him to get out of the house and we decided that going fishing would be a fun (cheap) activity. After we renewed our fishing licenses, picked up a new Dora fishing pole for Evie, and grabbed some cold drinks to take along, we were in for $50. So much for cheap (but it will be next time). By the time we got to the lake, found a spot, and got all set up, the kids were hot and tired. Zach lasted about 15 minutes, and Evie about 30 minutes before they were ready to go. So much for the quality family time! Our next outing will most likely be to see Cars 2, and I have a feeling that will go a little smoother.

This weekend we’ll be celebrating Zach’s birthday. His party is Saturday, and his actual birthday is on Sunday. I still can’t believe he’s turning 6 already!

Summer seems like it is going by so fast and we’ve barely gotten to enjoy it. In a couple weeks we’ll be heading to Alabama for a much needed vacation and to spend some time with Hubby’s side of the family. The kids are so excited that we’re finally going to go to Granny and Papa’s house! They’ve been looking forward to it for months. They may change their minds when they realize just how long it takes to get there though!


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