Every once in a while I'll get scrolling through my photos and quickly realize that I have GOBS of awesome pictures to share, and rarely ever update our little blog anymore with day to day happenings!
I know that that's what Instagram is probably now for, but for those of you who don't follow along with us over there, here's a quick recap of how we've been surviving the Summer so far.
Playing with Friends
Cabin weekends, late-night movies and dance parties with some of our favorite little people.
Hiking and Exploring
Enjoying the view from higher up.
Oh, and visiting some of the best dairy farms around for ice cream too... of course.
Water, water, water, WATER!
What I love about Utah is that it usually doesn't get that warm in the Summer, but for some reason, THIS Summer has been REALLY hot! This means we've been finding lots of creative ways to keep the kids nice and cool (and entertained).
This July we attended the Stadium of Fire in Provo and it was AWESOME! The girls were totally stoked because Carly Rae Jepsen and Kelly Clarkson were both performing.
If you live in Utah and haven't experienced this amazing event for yourself... you MUST! I felt like a kid again watching each of the breathtaking acts and presenters (and yes, I'm even giggling like a little pre-teen in this video. ack!).
This definitely went down on my list as one of the coolest things I've seen/done in a long time.
Spending time with Family
Cousins, Uncles, Aunts and Grandparents are our drug. We love them.
They make us the happiest.
Grandkids with Great Grandma
We've been plowing through fresh fruits and veggies around here like crazy people. Cherries have been one of my favorites this Summer, and as always, tomatoes top my "gotta haves" list.PS: Have you seen all the awesome produce that Costco is carrying this year? It rocks!
PPS: Those are Pop Chips and hummus... yuuuuummus!
As you know, the Rhonna Designs app was finally released and so a party was definitely in order. After all the hard work that her and her programmer Devin put into it, I feel like they needed more of a stress-free spa day than a crazy party, but hey, this was more fun for everyone.
If you still need help or tips and tricks on how to use the Rhonna Designs app, just look here for some awesome tutorials from Rhonna herself.
Just... Surviving (period)
Okay, here's the truth: Summertime is hard for me and Cason!
Why you ask?
Well... once the initial "AWESOME, WE'RE OUT OF SCHOOL" feeling and happy attitudes wear off, there's this weird thing that happens almost EVERY day with our kids, that looks a little something like this...
No, but really. Please tell me we're not alone here.
We have about 3 more weeks until school starts and each week that we get closer, I swear the arguing, bickering and whining between these three chicks just escalates.
Sometimes I just have to post moments like these on our Instagram feed, because I feel like it's the only way for me to "laugh about it" later... like... much, MUCH later. Like... when they're in school and I miss them a LOT... later.
In all seriousness, I'm pretty sure my kids are actually more tired and bored of constantly hanging out with me, than I am of them. I don't know if it's just hit me THIS Summer, because my kids were in school all day last year for the first time, or what... but WOW, school is SO important, and does SO much more for kids than you think. It's a constant for them. A routine. Something they look forward to and that keeps them excited about life! Learning is awesome and Teachers ROCK. 'Nuff said.
Things I've Learned/Come to Conclusions about this Summer:
1. Having some kind of routine each day is vital to your sanity as a parent.
2. Planning at least 2 activities each week for your kids to look forward to during the Summer months is important. Not only for you, but for your kids as well. Even if it's just something small.
3. Girls/Sisters are SO emotional!!! Sometimes I catch myself wanting to say "Just HIT HER and get it over with!", instead of having to deal with all of the taaaaalking and crrrrying that goes behind each hurt feeling or stolen toy. (they don't do this with their friends, only with each other. DRIVES ME BONKERS!)
4. Find an amazing babysitter who will dedicate one night each week in the Summer to watching your kids, so you and the hubs can go on a looooong date together. Once you have said babysitter secured, make sure you pay them well, give them bonuses, stock the fridge, have awesome movies/cable on hand... whatever it takes, so that they'll never leave you!
5. All joking aside, squish, hug, wrestle, chase, clobber with love and sloppy kiss those freakin' sassy, naughty, 'bored, hungry, tired', cute, adorable, little Summer-break kiddos until they can't take it anymore!!!
It's hard to imagine right now that I'll miss them terribly, as I type over the noise of twin girls yelling about who gets to pick tonight's movie before bed, right outside of my office door... but I know that after the first month or so of school, when my house stays quiet and clean for longer than 5 minutes, there's no doubt in my mind that I'll definitely be beyond sad they're gone again, and not here at home with me.
Oh Summer... what a tangled, emotion-filled web you weave for a parent.