And our summer is chugging right along. Right after my 1000th post Christopher and I both came down with a nasty cold and were in bed for a week. It was definitely survival mode around here for a little while.
Now back on our feet, we are continuing to enjoy our summer. I expected to have a lot more structure, both with our daily schedule and our fun outings, but it’s not working out as I had planned. Although Ben is up around 7 a.m., Logan is still sleeping until almost 9, and I unfortunately stay in bed as long as I can. By the time I get up, the big kids are wired up with sugary cereal and TV and everyone is still in PJ’s. It takes us until 11 to get out the door and lunch and naps are just around the corner.
Still, we are having lots of fun. Park trips, lake swims, bike rides. The LDS MBA association had a beach party. Ben took a Seattle Tilth garden class. I have had to lower my expectations exponentially every time we leave the house, because we never last long. Ben pushes Logan in the lake. Gavin splits his chin on a metal bar. Someone is always hot, tired, hungry, or ornery.
But we keep at it. The other morning Christopher went into work late, so we took a family bike ride in the morning. It probably took us an hour to get the bikes on the back of the car, everyone in sunscreen and helmets, and drive to Marymoor Park. We packed a bag with water and granola bars and a first aid kit. We rode for a mile and stopped at a playground. Logan filled his diaper. Suddenly everyone was starving. We headed back to the car and called it a day.
I find myself often jealous of friends with older kids. No naps, no diapers, no toddler tantrums. But then I snuggle my babies and realize it’s only a moment. Another summer at a preschool pace.