My 3rd grader has started playing the violin and it’s a complete trip. WHY? Because I used to play the violin! She knows I played but I truly had no influence over her decision because honestly I really don’t care what my kids choose to play.
She’s so darn cute with the thing and everywhere I turn there she is…”do you like my playing mom?!”
I can’t even believe I’m posting this horrendous photo of myself!!!
thank goodness there isn’t a lot of resemblance to the above photo!
Her playing is horrendous, but I suppose that’s to be expected in the first few weeks. But my answer to the question, always, is “yes I loooove to hear you play!”
I’ve mentioned before that I’m always super excited when any of my kids simply take an interest in a sport, being someone who lacks entirely in the athleticism department. Not only do the kids seem to love soccer, it appears that they really know what they are doing! So naturally, I am just beside myself and in awe (as they fly around the field) that MY DNA is swirling around in those little bodies :) It’s really cool watching them in action.
that’s my little guy, the corner kicker!
That’s what makes it somewhat tolerable being on the soccer fields, all, yes all day, every Saturday until November. Little one played at 9. Her sister played at 11 and the big guy played at 2. He will also have an additional afternoon game starting next Saturday which will make our grand Saturday total of 4 GAMES per Saturday!
For now they are happy, so I’m happy. I guess it beats fighting with each other!
Are you finding your weekends crowded with sports also now that fall is here? We’ve got hockey up tomorrow…
I’ve been trying to squeeze in lots of pool and beach trips in the last week of summer. They’ve been great.
kids and their cousins enjoying the beach
eating our 1000th ice cream at the pool
But I always feel an overwhelming sense of melancholy as they days get darker early…confirmation that summer is over.
The kids have driven me a bit batty this summer but truth be told I have loved spending the time with them and I will miss them terribly on Tuesday morning. Good thing I will have my Starbucks girls to keep me company.
Meanwhile, while many are out partying tonight, this is what we were doing…
food shopping…this is how we roll…
Enjoy the last day of the last summer weekend
Every summer for the past few we have been delighting the kids with the promise of an Adventureland visit at least once during the warm months. The love it so much and I know my husband gets a little thrill taking his children to a park that he used to go to as a child. It’s been pretty wild watching them grow literally on the rides each summer….starting out as little peanuts who barely made the height requirements for anything fun.
We did have a very scary incident on a ride one year and I am absolutely thrilled that definite changes have been made on that ride, I’m pretty sure, because of the concerns I raised. I feel very pleased about that and how everything was handled.
This summer’s visit was no different in that there was total enjoyment. What was different is that the little guys are now big guys meeting many of the height requirements enabling them to go on the some of the bigger rides without an adult chaperone…very exciting!
I love it when the twins seemingly bond with one another, and since the little one was too little to ride on the big rides without a parent they did seem to be together a lot and I was LOVING it!
Luckily the little one wasn’t too daunted as she had some good times with her dad.
No way was mom gonna walk around with soggy underpants all afternoon!!!
After 4 hours at the park we spent the next 5 hours at a BBQ. I love summer!!!!!!!
And I love big bro walking his sister out of the park…!
Is going to an amusement park part of your summer ritual?
We got some new school backpacks yesterday so school is officially around the corner. On July 4th, as I sat at the pool with my husband, he said, “that’s it summer is going to fly from here.” He’s right! I blinked and it’s a month later!
We continue to have fun swimming everyday at our pool or the beach and I am just amazed at how fearless the kids are in the water.
We’ve also been exploring all the parks in the area. I get wistful how they’ve mastered the monkey bars when I remember how I used to run from one teetering toddler to the next at different edges of the park.
They participated in a soccer clinic the other night for 2 hours which, no big shock here, was tons of fun for them. It was a nice mini break for me and since my husband got home from work a tiny bit early we were able to run off and grab a quick bite to eat.
We are headed to the beach again today which makes me very happy. How is your summer going? I was speaking with someone last night who told me she couldn’t wait for it to end and I could barely process what she was saying…I could live summer all year-long.
Today was so beautiful and sunny and for me a warm welcome from the FRIGID fall like temperatures yesterday. We decided to take a break from swimming and use the break in the heat to play at home.
I have to say the kids did a great job entertaining themselves wonderfully with imaginative play. They concocted “camping” yesterday in between the rain and couldn’t wait to play again today. First thing this morning I heard them all buzzing “do you want to play camping?!” and they were outside at 8 a.m!
I’ve been a little lax with my blogging because I’ve been trying to be more present with them, with moments like these.
And then they ate their 212th Italian Ices of the summer!
Isn’t it great to see your children playing together?
I’m so pleased to report that despite my insanity yesterday, the kids had a fabulous first day of camp!
I greeted them at the end of their day with Italian ices in hand and nervously asked how it all was…
I almost fell over with relief when they replied in unison “AWESOME!”
To know that they had fun in the 90 plus degree blazing sun for all those hours makes me happy beyond words.
I was thrilled that the camp grouped them together. My son told me he made sure his baby sister reapplied sunblock throughout the day and kept drinking water…love it!
When we arrived home to our cool house they spent just 7 minutes inside they raced outside to, you guessed it, play MORE soccer!
The things I could accomplish if I had just 1/8 of their energy!!!
They were so excited to return today and needless to say I am feeling much less anxious.
Do you have your child/ren in camp this summer?
I enrolled all 3 of my children in soccer camp this week Mon Tues Wed and Thurs. They all enjoy soccer and the camp meets adjacent to our town pool where they are brought to cool off midday. They were all pretty agreeable and I’ve been looking forward to a little bit of time to myself without the kids in tow, fighting!
However, now that the day is here, I’m having hard a hard time dealing with their absence! Most of you probably think I’m pathetic. My friend just dropped her son, the same age as my son, at sleep away camp and she’s managing just fine. I, on the other hand, felt so guilt ridden, depositing my 3 fair-haired monkeys on a blazing hot soccer field this morning knowing they would be there for the next several hours. When I called my husband right after drop off he said “were they ONLY children on the field?!” I know he was trying to help.
I was happy to see them placed together at drop off!
All day I’ve been thinking…are they drinking enough? have they reapplied sunblock? are they happy?…instead of enjoying my “freedom”. I did go kickboxing and get some shopping done. But in all honesty I cannot wait to get them and I am hoping and praying they tell me they had a fabulous day.
Admittedly I tend to run more on the anxious side of life. How about you? Do you worry when your kids are in new situations or do you tend to look at things more positively?
The kids had last day of school today on what is usually my favorite day of the entire year……….the first of my most favorite season in existence. I shouldn’t even call it a last day because they only went for like an hour…which is mildy irritating. They’ve already had 2 half days these week and they have been long days for me! We had been going to our town pool those days with minimal fighting so yesterday I decided to take them out to dinner.
They made it through the meal and then someone did something to someone else and before I knew it they were all on the floor punching each other. I literally pulled them all out there by limbs and hair and we looked like a massive ball of blonde hair and curls. Mortifying.
Today, however, they were in great spirits for the last day of school. Like I’ve done then past few years, I blasted some Alice Cooper while they ate breakfast to get them in the mood. There was lots of excitement at the bus stop both going….and coming back an hour later!
When they got home it was only 9:30 so we decided to head to MY favorite place in the world on MY favorite day of the year. Sure I live in one of the most congested, trafficky and high tax regions of the world, but what I absolutely love about it is that I am only about a 20 minute drive from beautiful and gorgeous beaches and if you know me at all by now you know I am 100% a summer lovin girl. And hitting the beach on the first day of the summer…well it makes it all seem right somehow.
The beach was amazing and I got great joy seeing the kids enjoy the waves fearlessly. Can’t believe I now have a brood of 1st and 3rd graders!
I’m assuming school is done everywhere by today…is that so where you are? Are your kids off the wall yet like mine?!
All 3 of my little monkeys are playing soccer this season which means our entire Saturdays are spent on the soccer field!
As long as they are having fun playing, which seems to be the case, then I don’t mind one bit.
Are your weekends loaded up with sports?