Summer Bucket List Failure

It's been a month since Round Rock ISD let out of school.  My two youngest children have been home for an additional three weeks on top of that month.

Before summer started, I had a bucket list of summer to dos I wanted to accomplish with my kids. It wasn't anything written or detailed, but in the back of my mind, I wanted to do a few things. 

Then summer actually started and real life kicked in.

I had all four home with me, almost, all the time.  I didn't have them signed up for any camps for the first three weeks of summer (which should have been the first indication that I needed to re-think my summer plans).  The fighting, bickering, whining, and screaming started on a daily basis.  My patience was being spread so thin I could practically see through it.  And my air conditioning broke.  In Texas.  In the summer heat.  We had to replace everything for both units or pretend we were living in the 1800s and sweat it out.  On top of that, I started teaching more taekwondo classes over the summer and still had my photography business to keep going.  I totally had time to sit around and eat bon bons all day (insert sarcasm font here).

Not surprisingly, the last shred of patience wore too thin, and I'd had enough of the whining, bickering, fighting, and general presence of my 4 children. The oldest two lost gaming privileges for a week.  The youngest two got shipped off to preschool part time again.  And I realized for as much as I love my children, I cannot spend 24/7 with them for my own sanity.

So I came up with a new bucket list for the summer.  And here it is...

  • Keep the children alive and well until school starts up again

That's it!  And I think it's a pretty good goal.

I love my kids; I truly do.  But I'm not perfect.  And I desperately need time away from them.  I was sitting in the kitchen last Friday, surrounded by my kids at 4:30pm, texting my husband asking when he was coming home, and realized I need time away.  I want adult alone time.  Granted it wasn't happening right then and there, and I can't just disappear for a few days randomly (although that would be really nice!).  I crave quiet, adult time, where I can just relax and not be asked the same question 5 times in a row hoping my answer will change (cause it doesn't).

So my summer bucket list has been incinerated, and I'm completely ok with it.  I'm not the Pinterest Mom which will hand make games for a summer full of fun.  I'm the type that kicks my kids out of the house, tells them to stay on the property and enjoys a blissful hour of quiet while they play outside using their imaginations and random objects as weapons.  I let them come in for water and to use the bathroom, but for the most part, I want them outside.  I supervise from the comfort of inside the house.

My summer bucket list is a failure.  And you know what?  I don't care.  It's fine.  All four of my children will be normal, functioning adults without the thousands of extra things they could be doing over the summer.  Instead, they are making memories of playing outside and just enjoying their childhood.  And that's all that matters.

So if you're like me and you're a summer bucket list failure, raise your head high and high five yourself!  We're all in this together!

The Mascara Incident

This face says it all.

What did she do this time you ask?

She got into my makeup drawer.  And it's not like I own a lot of makeup.  I'm a bare boned kind of girl.  I have the basics for every day, and then a few additionals for a night look.  I am not a makeup connoisseur by any means. 

Yet again, Cassidy walks into my bedroom and bathroom likes she owns the joint.  She pulled out the mascara and went to town on herself.  She said she wanted to be like mom.

Last time I checked, I did not resemble Carol Burnett when she dressed as her Norma character.  (You can thank my dad for the picture).

Having kids is fun right?!

Now, I just have to buy new mascara.

A Dip in the Creek

Last week while the older two started school, I took Sawyer and Cassidy over to Pfluger Park.  It has a nice shady play area.

After playing on the playground for awhile, we took a walk down to the creek.  It took them all of 2 minutes before they started playing with the water.  At first, I just let them splash with their hands and tried my best to keep them as dry as possible.

I quickly realized it wasn't worth it.

Especially when Cassidy took off her shoes and socks by herself, so she could put her feet in the water.  At that point in time, I knew the battle was already lost.

The creek water was pretty cold, but they didn't seem to care.  I snapped photo after photo of them getting soaking wet.  And they were perfectly happy!

Enjoy photos of my wet children playing in the creek bed!

He loved the rocks.

And finally, Cassidy picking her nose.

Bowling at Mel's

Last week, Andrew and I took the kids bowling at Mel's Lone Star Lanes in Georgetown.

We had a bit of a rough start with trying to get bumpers up for all four kids.  Once we got everything figured out, we were rocking and bowling!  (see the pun I just made there!)

My two youngest had to use the ramp.  However, they were both determined to bring their ball to ramp all by themselves.  Luckily, no dropped balls landed on feet due to Mom and Dad's quick hands and reaction times.  I taught Cullen how to throw a granny ball, and Jackson is slowly developing a natural swing.

I, however, am horrible at bowling.  Just about every other ball thrown is a gutter ball.  I did throw two spares and one strike which I did celebrate!  Andrew is more of a natural bowler.  Although he contributes it just 'throwing the ball as hard as I can down the lane.'

Overall, we had a fun time!

Before I realized I had to teach him how to granny bowl.

And he dropped the ball too. Whoops!

Superb concentration!

Did I mention Cassidy was not having other people taking turns?  We had to keep her busy, and she was attached to Dad.

A morning with my oldest boys

This past Friday was the last day of preschool for my two youngest (whom I affectionately call 'the littles').  Which means, it was the last morning alone with my two oldest boys.

We've spent a lot of our free mornings at the pool.  With both of them finally being big enough to swim, touch the bottom, and not drown, it was quite a different pool experience than past summers.  We played with the diving torpedoes.  We floated on pool noodles.  We had cannon ball contests.  And we played catch with the football.  All 3 of us enjoyed the quiet morning pool time.

I was also able to run errands without all 4 kids around.  Grocery shopping was interesting with someone other than myself pushing the cart.  It was also interesting how a bunch of different food I normally don't buy ended up back home as well.

Since our mornings free were coming to an end, I tried to make it a little more special.  I took Jackson and Cullen to Café Java for second breakfast.  My boys are always hungry and usually don't turn down food.

After Café Java, I took them over to Ceramic Lodge.  It's a paint your own pottery place.  I let them each pick out a piece to paint.  Jackson painted an Angry Bird bank, and Cullen picked out a dragon.  Cullen got really into it!  Jackson is a little perfectionist with everything it seems.

It was a nice out-of-the-box morning for us.  (Although Jackson still wanted to go to the pool!)  I documented it as best as I could.

School starts is 20 days!  But first we have to get through August!

Café Java, Round Rock, TX

Working hard at his maze

Contemplating his word search and place mat

Word search

Perfectionist at work!

Concentration is key!

Final product before the kiln

Final product before the kiln.  He wanted to look fierce like his dragon!