Wow! Have we been busy! And I’ve gotten behind on posting, but I’ve loved every minute of it! I’m working on spending less time online and more time on purpose. I’ve been using Instagram to keep track of a lot of our goings on, and I’m trying to use my LPAACOG Facebook page more than my personal one so I can better keep track of you, our online friends. I really want to build a community of support and encouragement. Everyone was so very helpful in finding a good store to get a modest bathing suit for our beach trip!
So here we go: Above and below the boys had an amazing time with Mimi and Poppy while I attended Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention in Nashville. It’s so much fun to see them playing with my mom and dad. It gives me a glimpse of what the years before I can really remember might have looked like. Though I’m guessing I didn’t get away with as much 😉 And I got the most precious picture of the boys both sleeping on Mimi, but she didn’t have her “face on” and was in her night gown so I decided not to include it since I value my life!
I am not a big fan of having my picture taken, but I’ve been trying to get in more, especially with my boys so they will know I was there with them 🙂 And when they are in the picture it is infinitely more adorable! We had so much fun around the Opryland Hotel in between conference sessions. It is such a beautiful place. I’ve been visiting there with my mother since I was about 8, I think. I have lots of great memories from the Cascades when they used to have live piano music to accompany the water and lights show. (Yes, I’m that old!)
We’ve been spending a lot more time discussing the everyday blessings God gives us as I am trying to leave my somewhat “glass half empty” mentality behind, and on our way home last week as we were having one of these discussions, this sunset was just incredible. I was so glad God blessed us with something so majestic at that moment so I could tell Mr. T “Look what God did!”
And then came our trip to see Nana and Grandpop in Savannah! We had a glorious time at Tybee and played all weekend long! Mr. T was amazed by the ocean and the shells and the alligators at the Crab Shack 🙂 He even fed one! And Mr. J and I got married by the beach in Murrel’s Inlet, South Carolina, so visitng any beach always brings back wonderful memories!
We took a mommy sons field trip to the zoo! It was awesome but exhausting and I must confess we skipped a few bits. Even 10 months into it, I am still learning how to best juggle 2 boys by myself. I am very thankful for harness backpacks for Mr. T as he is fearless and runs off to do what he wants quite often without mommy or daddy.
We had a very fun nature study. We caught a daddy long legs in Mr. T’s Melissa & Doug Bug House and then he examined it with his Melissa & Doug Magnifying Glass.We released the “pi duh” back into the wild. Mr. T loves getting to use his bug catcher. He puts rocks, insects, and all manner of toys in it just to carry them around. But he brought it inside to show Mr. J the spider before he let it go. I love watching my boys with their daddy. I fall in love with him all over again seeing how awesome he is with our boys!
Brave or goofy, we made our grocery pilgrimage yesterday. Newnan to the Dekalb Farmers Market (that place is amazing!), to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods in Sandy Springs, to Newnan. We go up 85 to 285 and literally loop all. the. way. around. You cannot beat Nordic Ice cold packs. I put 4-6 in my 31 Thermal Tote and it keeps everything cold for the 4-5 hour trip. They are still partially frozen when we get home. It is a winning combo!
And we are on the great potty training adventure. Yikes! It’s two steps forward and two steps back. The sticker chart worked great for about a week. Now we are on to Unreal’s version of M&M’s. And I had to include the toilet seat from the boy’s bathroom. I love it. It is completely ridiculous and we found if for less than $10 on a Target clearance shelf. Rubber duckies rock!
We are having a great summer so far and gearing up for an awesome fall and an “official” beginning to Pre-K 3 homeschooling. What sorts of fun are you having this summer?