Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summer Fun!

I know...I know...I completely missed the entire month of June when it comes to blogging.  Oops!  It is not because we have been laying low...on the other hand we have not stopped!  I decided this summer to keep the kiddos with me, instead of doing a summer camp, and I honestly have loved every minute of having them with me full time.  I have totally been soaking up their sweetness and loving having them with me.  I think last week was the first time I actually found myself frazzled and thinking, "when does school start back?"  Mid July and just asking myself that question for the first time...I'd call that success.

Overall it has been a fabulous summer.  We spent all of June doing swim team and both Aubrey and Weston rocked it.  Aubrey more than Weston, but I have to give Weston props for hanging in there and not giving up.  He is a tiny fellow so getting across a 25 yard pool is no easy task, but he gave it his all.  Bre Lane did amazing and was in the top 10% for all girls aged 6 in the entire city.  I was so proud of her. She gets it in her mind that she is going to win and she gives it her all.  She loves the thrill of the competition....she reminds me so much of me at that age.

We have done a ton of leisure swimming at Meme's and Nana's pools and also had a great time in our backyard pool from Costco.  My kids could swim all day long if I'd let them and they always sleep extra good when we have had a long day at the pool.  7:30 pm and my kiddos are out cold...score one for mommy.

Weston Hayes is 4.5 and still a huge mama's boy.  He does not let me leave his sight.  It is really sweet and cute until I need some alone time...then it can be difficult.  Weston is a child who is either one extreme or the other.  He is either an absolute charmer and the sweetest thing you will ever meet, or he is Mr. Temper/Grumpy.  I have to really try and teach him to control his temper, again, he is the most precious, sweetest soul...unless you make him mad...then watch out.  Weston compliments me all day long.  He is such an encouragement to everyone.  He will tell me he loves my clothes or that I look beautiful or even that I smell good.  Just a genuinely sweet little boy.  He totally has me wrapped and I secretly soak in the fact that he is so obsessed with his mama.  I know it won't last forever.  Weston is incredibly smart and amazes me with his vocabulary and ability to remember things.  Weston loves to take baths and be warm.  Give that boy a hot tub over a pool anyday.  Weston is such a joy and he makes me laugh each and everyday.  He melts my heart with the things he tells me and I think hands down he is the best snuggler in the world. 

My Bre Lane is 6.5 and inching her way closer to 7.  She is becoming such a joy.  Aubrey has always given us a run for our money, but lately she is sliding into the role of becoming my easiest.  She is incredibly talented at anything she tries.  She can do swimming, dance, gymnastics, art, cooking, singing...the list goes on.  She just has the ability to succeed at anything!  She is crazy smart...she can learn and master tough board games and then beat me!  Aubrey has never been an overly affectionate child, but lately she loves to be held and hugged and kissed.  I absolutely love it! I am loving that Aubrey is becoming more fashion aware and really having her own sense of style.  She is very girly but also loves athletic things...she is just the best mix of everything.  Aubrey is such a happy girl...she truly loves life and has a great attitude about all things...she gets excited about new things and really embraces all aspects of life.  She can make a friend in about 2 seconds and never meets a stranger.  She is extremely inquisitive and will ask me 100 questions every single time we get in the car.  I try and be patient and really teach her things because she is genuinely interested in soaking it all in.  Aubrey loves her brothers and she makes the best big sister...she and Baylor have a very special bond that I just adore.  Aubrey loves to spend time with Baylor and he thinks of her as his second mama.  It is the sweetest thing ever.  The other night she bathed him, changed his diaper, dressed him in pj's, rocked him and then put him in his bed.  When I went in to put Baylor to bed, I realized that Aubrey had already done it...when I peeked in on him he was sound asleep!!!  I was shocked (and kinda offended) that he was so content to let her do the bedtime routine! 

Baylor Jace has been such a stinker lately. His vocabulary has grown exponentially and he is absolutely hilarious.  He repeats anything and everything he hears.  He loves to say phrases that he knows he isn't supposed to say.  Things like poo poo, toot and dad gommit.  He also loves to say the phrase, "I spank your butt" and just laugh his head is pretty funny if I do say so myself.
Baylor loves the water and is participating in a swim class for special needs children.  He absolutely loves it.  They sing songs, move and kick and just get acclimated with the water.  Baylor soaks it up and thrives on the one on one attention he gets from the volunteers.  He is still working hard in therapy and continuing to amaze us with his progress. I am so proud of that little stinker.

These crazy kiddos bring me such joy.  They can wear me slap out and make me wanna pull my hair out at times, but overall they are such sweeties.  I wouldn't trade these summer days with them for anything.  I am so thankful for these weeks to spend together and throw all routine and obligations out the window.  Here's to many more lazy days with my cuties!! 

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