Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thankfuls//Right Now

If ever there was a week to let blogging slip to the back burner, this might be it. We're in the thick of summer and I feel like the long days are slipping away between my fingers. I want to hold onto this summer so tightly. Maybe we should figure out a way to extend it all the way through September, don't you agree? It's crazy to me that in just a few weeks, I'll be staring at my first list of "what your child needs to bring with them to kindergarten" and then we'll be wandering the isles of Target, picking out the right glue and grabbing some new shoes. How is it that we're halfway through July already?

This week we're knee deep in VBS and swimming lessons. So far, everyone is loving every moment. Yesterday when I dropped Judah off, he was a bit nervous, but when I came to get him, he exclaimed that his day was GREAT! I love that. Huge high five to the teachers who are using their time to create such fun memories for him.

So, right now I'm quickly writing a thankful list, while Eliza naps and the big kids attempt a quiet time. They're transitioning to no longer needing naps (or else they can't go to sleep at bedtime). It's an adjustment, but we're rolling with it. Kids do grow up, or so I'm noticing. They grow, I grow and we adjust together.

There's so much to be thankful for right now.

Snuggles with this kid and his Superman. 
 Early Saturday morning adventures to Little Mountain with my family. 
 This view. Wowza. 
 Penny's egg song that the kids now recognize from inside the house. 
The song is like the egg alarm. When it goes off, we all run outside with this handy-dandy little blue carton. They fight to see who will open the coop door and as they push for the prize of the handle, I remind them to grab the egg gently. Gentle kids, gentle. Thankful for no cracked eggs.....yet.
Quiet moments before dinner. 
When things get crazy, I have them sit down and write or draw what they're thankful for. Sometimes, one of them practically refuses, but as they just sit there with nothing else to do, they give in and then they draw wonderful pictures full of gratitude. Thankful for this.
Waterfall dates with this guy. 
Sunday afternoon, we got away for just a few hours and went to a new spot for us: Boulder River Falls. Wowie this was insanely gorgeous and it wasn't a very challenging hike either. I don't think I've ever seen waterfalls like this in person!
From the main road, the drive in to the parking area is about 3 miles on a gravel road. It seemed to go on forever and we almost turned around a number of times. Finally, we reached the parking area and we were relieved to see a number of other "normal" looking cars there. The hike in to the falls was just over a mile and pictures will never do these falls justice. This was an absolutely stunning adventure out with my man. 
Summer splashing.
This baby's pure love, enjoyment and obsession over Tupperware. 
 Really, why do we even bother with real toys?
What have you been thankful for lately?
Angela

7 comments:

  1. for the most summery summer I can remember...for a sweet little dog that we adopted today...for fresh tayberry pie and bird songs in the morning before dawn

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  2. Your Saturday morning view + the waterfall photography is beautiful! Definitely things to be thankful for :)

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  3. I love your idea to have them write/draw what they are thankful for! Inspired by you!

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  4. Janiene- Everytime it changes the mood in the house. Try it out sometime!

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  5. I agree, Caitlin! Happy Friday to you!

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  6. Love all of those and that pie sounds yummy!

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  7. I know this is an old post, but I just have to say that we went on this hike right around the same time! I was kind of a weenie and only made it about a 1/3 of the way up, but I was 6 months pregnant. :) My five year old made it to the top with my dad and husband, so I got to see their pictures, but I think yours are better!

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