Monday, August 29, 2011

Summers End

Before we know it the leaves will fall from the trees and the air will grow cool.  I'm ready for Fall I suppose.  Ready for the kids to be back into a routine.  Ready to see the big yellow school bus rumble down the street.  Ready to pull out the jeans and the sweaters.  There is nothing like the feel of a hot cup of coffee between your hands on a cold morning.

It was a good summer.  We definitely made the most of it.  Lots of activities for the boys.  Trips to the pool, bike riding, staying up late with friends and eating from an almost endless supply of icee pops.

I miss the beach already and I truly feel that is where I am supposed to be but I take solace in the knowledge that it will be waiting for me come Memorial Day.  Don't we all want something to look forward to?


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Friday Night Leftovers

  • We are ready for school to start here in our house.  Sept 6 can't come fast enough.  The boys are fighting constantly and seem to be bored with just about every activity under the sun including riding bikes.  They have been playing waaaaaaay toooooooo much Super Mario for Wii but I kind of don't blame them.  I will literally be jumping for joy when the school bus pulls up outside our house.
  • Super excited about Muffins new Speech Therapist that is more affordable, will get to see him weekly, AND will be meeting with him at school!  No more shuttling back and forth to the therapist office and my wallet is getting a break too!  Yippee:)
  • I think I am going to make a list of personal and family goals and post them on my bathroom mirror.  I really need to lose 35lbs...really.  Ugg.  I also think our house hold needs a more structured routine.  I have some ideas to make daily life in our house calmer and more comfortable for everyone.  
  • They changed our dress code at work and I don't have hardly any professional looking clothes that fit.  No more flip flops, which I can totally understand and winter is coming any how but...I have like 1 pair of black pants and 3 blouses....not to mention I get up and get dressed when it's still dark and "dressing up" is just going to make my morning crazier.
  • I have a Family Reunion shoot tonight.  I'm guessing it's going to be windy and raining...this will be fun.
  • Oh, I almost forgot.  I never shared Muffins hair cut with you!  It was a big week for him.  Big boy hair cut, big boy booster seat in the car and he learned to ride his bike without training wheels at 4-1/2!


Muffin without the curls...sniff sniff...

Go taste the leftovers at Danifred's place!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Slipped in the Shower

Yesterday after we got home and unloaded the minivan it felt good to be home.  The boys wanted to go to the pool.  Yep, you read that right.  A month at the beach and they wanted to go to "their" pool.  I said to myself why not, they were stuck in the car for 3 hours it would be good to let them get some energy out and then we can go grocery shopping.

So we went for a good hour, I read my book, they swam.  We came home and they were playing quietly so I thought it would be a good time to take a shower. 

Not five minutes into my shower did I start to hear the screaming, the running, and the doors slamming.  Of course I can't do anything about it because I'm covered in shampoo and obviously completely wet, mid-shower.  I have to call Puck like 10 times before he comes to the bathroom door and I ask him to stop fighting with his brother and slamming the doors.  Yeah right, ok mom...

They are experts at ignoring me.

The shouting continues, the running feet pounding as they chase each other back and forth.  I'm yelling in vain as I hurry to shave one leg.  It's useless, they know I'm in the shower and that I can't stop them.  I'm livid at this point so I say to myself, I will show them, they won't expect me to barge in and break up their fight before the conditioner is even rinsed from my hair. 

I slide the shower door open and step out.  Next thing I know I am laying face down and naked in a huge puddle of water on the cold tile floor.  My foot is killing me as I somehow slammed in onto the metal track of the shower door.  I don't even move, I begin to cry, really cry.  It's funny now, but at the time I was really upset.

Puck comes running in apologizing and I just choke out to both of them, "Go to your rooms!"  I look down at my foot and it's turning a lovely shade of purple.  It's really swollen and painful today.  My back hurts too.  Uggg, I hate to whine. 

When Puck came out of his room he was holding a note for me.  It was the sweetest apology note I've ever received.  I loved the typos and spellings that only a 6 year old can make.  It was actually the best writing I've seen him do yet. 

Well, off to ice my foot.  I never knew being a mother to boys would be such an adventure. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I'm Ready

and by ready I mean the bags are packed and the condo is clean.  I'm not ready but I'm "ready."  We had a great last day...

We discovered Dairy Queen...

Yummy:)

You gotta love a playground that doesn't require shoes.

Our last evening on the beach.



I had to bribe them to get this shot.

The Last Day

...has arrived.  A whole month I've been here now:)  Last night as I started packing and cleaning the little beach condo my stomach hurt and my heart ached a little bit.  I'm all grown up so I know all too well that just because I want something doesn't mean I can have it.

What a gift this month has been.  We've been everywhere we could and then some!

I took lots of photos but probably not as many as usual since I was trying to live in the moment and not watch it happen in front of me.

I'm nervous about everything that is waiting at home for me.  Swirling around in my head is work, back-to-school, new speech therapist, bills, the house, activities for the boys, commuting...and so much more.

The beach will always be here.

Sunset

Special Dinner-Date with my Dad!  

My handsome, almost 7 year old!

Just hanging around.

Top of the world!

My little monkey!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Low Tide, High Tide...

Leaving behind something you love is always hard.  It tugs at your heart and leaves that nagging feeling like you have forgotten something but can't remember what.

I've spent almost one month exactly here at my heaven on the bay.  I have lived out my summer fantasy.  I have walked on the beach with my dog and my coffee.  I have swam in the ocean and the pool and watched my youngest learn to swim all on his own.  I have reconnected with old friends and family.  I wore a bathing suit everyday and I sipped enough cocktails, beer, and wine to get me through the winter until I can return here next summer.

I love that when you walk on the beach here you have to be careful not to step on the pinecones.  I love that the trees sometimes completely cover the streets like huge green umbrellas.  I love that the $3.00 kites I bought for my boys at the grocery store got plenty of air time and that I got to play fetch with my dog 100 times.

In just a few days time I will once again wake up in my own bed.  I will have to return to work and live in the real world again.  I will go back to my Keurig and my commute but my heart will be here on the bay...always.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Being a Mother Isn't Always Perfect

What do you do when your child misbehaves and humiliates you in public in front of strangers or worse, in front of your family?

What am I supposed to do when I try to discipline my 4 year old and no matter what I say or threaten he responds back to me a resounding, "NO!" I can say, "Don't you say no to Mama" and he says, "NO!"  It is so frustrating and honestly it breaks my heart...but he is 4 so I can only hope he'll grow out of this bad habit.  Tonight as I was trying to put him in his car seat in front of my father, Muffin hit me.  Everyone gasped, of course.  I didn't look up at anyone while I was fighting with him to get him buckled in his carseat...humiliated.

My 6 year old who will be turning 7 in 3 months is so disrespectful and non-compliant.  I feel like the more angry I get the funnier he thinks it is.  How do I get him to know I mean business?  He has no impulse control and I just end up yelling way too often.  I love both of my boys but when this stuff happens I am so hurt.

How do you teach a child to show respect?

How do you teach them empathy?

I love my boys so much but I often feel like I must have really screwed up when they were little.  I'm hurt.  I do everything for them.  I live and breath only for them and their happiness and they walk all over me.

Just venting....I'm at a loss.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Favorite Moments

today I want to always remember...

-swimming and snuggling my babies (now 4 and 6) in the little pool here at our tiny beach condo.


Monday, August 8, 2011

The Wonder of Children

I always feel like I did my job as a mom when my boys fall asleep before their heads hit their pillows.  It was a busy day.


I love watching them discover the world.
-Scooter ride to breakfast at our favorite diner.  
-Trip to Target for Legos and Rio.
-3 Hours at the Aquarium.  
-Grocery Shopping
-Dinner
-Kite Flying and a sunset swim on the bay...


Pushing the button for the wave machine, he loved it.

Us!

Starfish

Snack Time




Let's go fly a kite...or two.


Swimming at sunset...heaven.


Success:)  

Now I'm watching old movies on cable TV and sipping on some delicious red wine.  I've got friends coming to visit, a busy week ahead!  

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Life Advice

I borrowed this from a friends Facebook page and wanted to share it here.  They are all things we've heard before but when I sat down and read each one I realized it's all so true isn't it?

 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Now Muffin is sick:(

I'm laying in bed next to Muffin with a fever of 103.7 which is after a cool bath and Tylenol. Oh, and he just puked too which is really why he ended up in the tub. I don't want to go back to sleep until I know he's ok.
I guess he got whatever bug Puck picked up. I hope it's only a 24 hour thing.

Poor baby:(


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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sick on Vacation

We've been lucky as it goes.  I can't remember a time when either of the boys was sick on vacation.  It happened yesterday.  We had been down on the beach for maybe 30 minutes when the whining started.  Whining is not unusual when talking about my boys, but this was different.  Puck was asking to go back to the house.  Part of me just thought he was bored and whining the way he has been known to do.  I laid the beach chair all the way back and put the towel down for him.  He fell asleep right away and didn't move for an hour.  I felt bad that he wasn't feeling well but it also reminded me of the many times he napped on the beach as a baby and toddler...

When he woke and wasn't impressed by the blue crabs that Hubs had caught I knew he was sick.  I took him up and showered off the sand and got him dressed in some comfy clothes and nestled him up on the couch with a movie.  He slept some more...

Later that night he napped in the bedroom for another hour.  Poor little man!  His fever reached 103.7.  I slept with him last night...my own personal space heater.  He seems more lively this morning and is happily playing DSi side by side with his brother.  I hope the fever stays down.  It's no fun to be sick on vacation. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Vacay Updates

This morning Hubs and Puck left on a chartered fishing cruise for half the day.  I hope they have a great morning of sun, seas, and father-son bonding and of course, fish!  So Muffin and I are chilling in our little condo here and plan to hit the pool a little later:)

I think it's safe to say that we are all enjoying our time away from the regular day in and day out of our regular lives.  I am particularly relishing a break from my commute.  I've hardly had to get behind the wheel at all, which I love.

Even the dog loves it here:)  Watching him swim makes me smile.  He's getting better at fetching too.

Yesterday we took a break from the beach.  It's been so hot but yesterday was cool and it even rained.  Puck and I had a date to see the Smurfs and he loved it.  I'm always shocked how much I spend on popcorn and soda.  It's extortion, really.  Next time I'll be sneaking in my own treats for sure. 

Then it was a nice walk to the corner for dinner.  Steamed shrimp with drawn butter and crap soup...I mean, what else could you really ask for?  Delicious.

 I try not to think too much.  I've been reading a lot, already on book 2.  Loving Elin Hilderbrand for great beach reads.  Watching movies and drinking yummy red wine in the evenings before bed.   Vacation.