Intentional Hours Outside: 369 hours (of 1000)
Up 18 hours this week, and I got in about an hour of those every morning this week while taking the pups for a walk before B left for work. It was so nice to get in some alone(ish) quiet time and outdoor hours AND physical activity AND make the dogs happy. That's quadruple bonus there, so really it should be happening everyday....the only downside is that I have to bail on that extra hour or so of sleep in the morning, but I think it's justified, right? (try to tell my energy levels that at about 5p, hah!)
Reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling to Grey at bedtime - our illustrated edition arrived this week and Grey is loving having the beautiful pictures to accompany the story as well (thanks Russ for the suggestion!) Also dipped back into (after months!) my audible while on a dog walk this week and picked up where I left off Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt and I'm glad to be back in the story after such a long break!
Loving getting a visit in with my longtime friend Jessica on Friday as she was back in town for the weekend. (hi JP!) It is always so nice to see her as she's one of those friends that even if great lengths of time pass between being with each other - you just pick up where you left off last time like it ain't no thang. We had some time to chat and laugh while our kids played and it was just so comfortable and soul recharging!
Holding it down solo with EIGHT kids on Saturday morning while B was at a golf outing and I kept our cousins so their mumma and dad could run a 5k that morning. It was such a wild and fun morning and I was so grateful that Ariel was there (the oldest cousin) and she was so sweet and helpful with the babies. At one point I had Rusty (2months), Brookie (6 months), Violet and Ben (both 22 months) on my knees all together and was bouncing them to 'Mr. Frog went a'courtin' #legworkoutday
Finishing our CVAA Intramural Kickball season on Sunday night with the playoffs and a potluck celebration at the field. My co-chair Russell and I were pretty pleased with how the whole season went (our first ever!) and we are already in talks about what intramural leagues and tournaments we can set up for the rest of the year. As I should only expect from our CV community, everyone showed up to the playoff games with arms full of snacks to share and everyone took turns reffing and watching our babies and taking photos....and it's all just so amazing and filled with the kind of spirit and kindness that I associate with our high school alma mater.
Celebrating my mumma, it was her birthday this week! I went out to dinner with her and my baby sis Uch (missed you Kitty!) on Saturday night and we had a real grown up dinner and so much fun chatting way into the evening in her honor.
Feeling excited for our Booboo who will be the flag football quarterback this upcoming season. They got their pictures taken this week and I about keeled over from how adorable he looks in his little jersey. He is so obsessed already with the game and with being with his friends and he can hardly wait for their games to start; we are working on getting him to learn all the plays and lots of passing and football jargon going on over here.
Spending an afternoon at the Quemahoming dam (probably the last of the summer!) only because of the sweet help of our family friend Taylor. I have been itching to get one last Que visit in before we run out of vacation days and Taylor came to my rescue! The idea of taking all four kids by myself was too great, but she helped us get all packed up: kids, lunch, sand toys, Rusty's sun tent, and towels (!!) and we were able to spend a few hours in the sun, sand, and water. I even had a fifteen minute stint of complete blissful wonderment that happens when mommas get to sit quietly in the shade with no interruptions! The kids played on the playground and Rusty slept soundly in the tent...seriously magical. (thank you Tay!)
Singing and volunteering at Vacation Bible School this week with my Gemmi Ro. So grateful that her favorite friend Miss Hannah is her group leader to help her feel brave and confident! We are having fun and ready for the big show (tonight!)
Praying that hermit crab heaven exists as we lost BOTH the kids' hermit crabs this week in some bizarre hermit crab epidemic apparently. They were pretty bummed and we had little funerals for them each after Grey dug burial holes and created crosses out to sticks to adorn their final resting spots. Rest in Peace Princess & Hermit.
Making all things banana as we let almost the whole bunch go bad. We had these delicious banana gobs and we made one of the kids' favorites - these breakfast banana cookies too. Korean beef was on the menu one night because it's a homerun every time and another night we enjoyed this delicious round stead over egg noodles meal from the crockpot. So so good!!