Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Time what an empty vapor 'tis

I read an email the other day that said if you have a 6 month old and your memory isn't so great, you're not losing your mind - you're probably just sleep deprived and distracted.

Well, I definitely feel like I'm getting more sleep these days, but distracted...well, that goes without saying! Not only do I have a 6 month old, but I also have an 8 year old, a 7 year old, a 5 year old and a 3 year old! :)

Time is flying by and computer time is not a priority - hence the lack of blogging these days.

For the past few weeks we were extra busy with a visit from my parents. The time always seems to go by so fast and then they're gone again. Sigh. One day maybe we'll live even closer to one another...you never know!

The 4 older children all had a week of swimming lessons and did very well - the last day they all got to jump off the diving board which was a big treat!

Mom and Dad got here in time to go to a few days of their lessons and enjoyed it a lot. We ended that week after the last lesson with lunch at a park and snow cones afterward - yum!

Mom and Dad traveled with us to the Primitive Association and enabled us to stay in the local hotel (the rooms weren't big enough to house all 7 of us in one room). The girls bunked with their grandparents, while the boys and baby stayed w/CKB and I. I think the hotel was pretty much filled with those in town for the meeting. It was so nice running into everyone in the halls and lobby at breakfast. The meeting was very blessed and we're so glad to have been there. Mom and Dad enjoyed it as well. This year I decided it would be best to not attend the evening services Friday and Saturday, but instead to take the children back to the hotel and get them ready for bed - this worked out well even though I really missed being at the meeting - I think it helped a lot, especially with Miss Baby to keep her on her regular routine as much as possible - she slept like a champ in the hotel for a change and did so much better in that regard that she had 2 weeks prior at the Camp Meeting.

Back at home we enjoyed having Mom and Dad here for a few more days and enjoyed a visit from my Dad's sister (my aunt) who lives about an hour from us and my cousin (I can't believe I didn't get a picture while they were here - argh!). Aunt M was "sweet" enough to bring a jug of sweet tea to go with lunch and we had a really nice visit with them in spite of the crazy weather and loss of power for about an hour!

The day before Mom and Dad headed home Dad had lunch with some old friends and Mom and I took the children to ride the carousel. Mr. A has the most expressive eyes, doesn't he? :)

Now, Mom and Dad have returned home and we're finishing up our "catching up" in History and starting to make preparations/planning for the new school year. I'm looking forward to getting started and hoping things will go well while at the same time knowing that each day will go however it will and I have to relax and remember that with a baby in the house, things aren't going to go perfectly smoothly every day. Be flexible......right?

Here are a few other miscellaneous pictures - enjoy!

Here's Miss Baby showing off her fancy new shoes that Grandma got for her - they match an outfit given to us by our good friend V!


Courtney said...

It's good to see you back for a bit. Miss Baby is so grown up! Is she sitting? Everyone looks as if they had a great summer. We have also had a great summer but we are looking for some cooler weather to play outside more.

Lok said...

Look how big everyone is getting!!! Great pictures and glad to know the Association went so well.

You just be as patient with yourself as a person can be as you enter in to the new school year. (And would you be so kind as to remind me of that as well? Seeing as how I'm only schooling one child right now, I shouldn't be nervous. But I am. Because I didn't have to do it last year with a wee babe around).

Y'all will have a great year!!!!

ReBecca said...

You all have been busy! I know the visit with Grandparents and family was wonderful!

Lepidoptera said...

Everyone is growing up. They look so big. It looks like y'all have been making some great memories this summer.

As for the start of school, just remember to pray, pray, pray. Every day will not go perfectly. Just keep moving forward. Onward, Christian soldier! You can do it!

Pam said...

The picture of Miss Baby with your dad is just too precious. :-)