I remember a friend (whose kiddos were older) telling me when I was at home with three littles three and under never to wish these days away. You know the days when no one can keep their hands to themselves, the garage door breaks, and your youngest decides today is the day he must wear underwear. Those days? Sometimes it's so easy to look to the next thing. The next milestone. The days when accidents will be few and far between. The days when they'll be too old to hit or push. Whatever the case may be, those are the thoughts I try to avoid. I want to enjoy each and every (even the ugly) moment. I can tell you already from a mama who used to have three (tiny) little ones-they grow up so quickly. Okay, I'm stepping down off my soapbox now. :) hahaha!
Please don't think I'm not enjoying the end of the year busyness. Seriously...it's crazy and hectic (except we've had WAY too many tee-ball games cancelled because of rain), but I'm soaking it up. One day it'll be just Tab and I here at home and I'll be longing for field days and preschool graduations!!
Over the last few weeks I've been scheduling summer plans, camps, and vacations. Here is a little Slaughter Summer Bucket List (with a few throwbacks for your Thursday):
My sweet girl LOVES to be crafting. She wants to be an artist when she grows up after all, so of course over the summer we need to get our craft on.
I predict many a pool days in our future. My oldest two absolutely LOVE the pool, so pool days are a MUST during the summer. We meet friends, we pack lunches, and (this year) we'll be staying all day!! This will be the first year I haven't had multiple kiddos napping. Bowen still naps at home, but if we're out he might catch a fifteen minute nap and be good.
All three kiddos have swim lessons scheduled with our favorite, Mrs. Sally.
The big kiddos have gone to tennis camp the last two years and they love it!
Last year, we went to Disney World and then San Antonio for our summer vacations, but this year we're headed back to Destin, Florida. I love the slow pace of beach life for a week and especially when I'm relaxing with this crew.
Hmmm....I threw this in just because. Cute, huh? :)
Sidenote: Ladies, my track record in the potty training department isn't the best. I'd give myself a 50%. I tried with Ebby Lee WAY too early. It was a disaster. I cried a lot and we eventually gave up. I waited about six months and the second time around she did so much better. With Nixon, I pretty much waited until he was begging for underwear (was close to three). I seriously do not remember one single accident. I'm sure he had a few, but that's when Bowen was a baby so my life was a blur. Nixon was SO easy to potty train. I've been asking Bowen since he turned two if he wanted to wear underwear or sit on the potty. His response is always, "no". Until....Monday afternoon. I was changing a (nasty) diaper and I told him he should start wearing underwear. He shocked me with a, "Yeah, I wanna wear underwear" response. So I went with it. He has had a couple accidents. Girls, only a couple. Like I can count them all on one hand!!! Granted it's only been a little over two days. Yesterday we went to the gym, Chick-Fil-A, and Target. Homeboy did awesome! I'm 100% not tooting my own horn here. Let this be an encouraging..."wait until they're ready" type chat. I said all that and Bowen could have twelve accidents tomorrow, but the point is....when THEY'RE interested it's SO much easier!!
Rant #2-now over. :)
We will have a bunch of late-night sleepovers.
We look forward to our town's (with a small-town vibe) Fourth of July parade. It's HOT! But who wouldn't want to stand in the heat and wave to people dressed like Uncle Sam? I do!! Seriously...I do!
McKinney Magazine should use this in 2015 for a parade ad, right??
We'll take a road trip to Missouri to see our Missouri family and friends.
We might tag along on one or two of Tab's local business trips. Last year we hit up Austin for a little getaway.
This is how we all feel about summer days at the pool. :) They can't be beat.
My kiddos love going to the gym. It's a great way for us to start the day. They (because they've been going so long) have lots of friends to see and play with.
Tab and I will celebrate birthdays. Hopefully for me, I won't be wearing an eye patch without make-up and nasty pool hair this year. ha!
This guy and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage!!
And...we'll enjoy doing it all with great friends.
I know these last few weeks are tough, ladies!! But let's soak them up! One day we'll be missing all these little busy moments. I promise!