It's been ages since I've last posted, I know. Every summer I plan to keep up on blogging and it just never ends up happening! The combination of green luscious hazy lazy days and well...morning sickness just got the best of me yet again. Yep, you read that right, I did
say morning sickness--I'm expecting #4 this February! It's been a bumpy summer (hehe, pardon the pun!) but also one of great memories.
So, in an attempt to catch you all up on what we've been doing for the past 2 months, I'll just list a few random highlights, both good and challenging:
1) We had a *wonderful* time in the Outer Banks! We went in early June, so the weather wasn't excruciatingly hot, which was AWESOME. It was 2 weeks of mini golf, swimming, day trips, beach breezes and delicious food! Oh, and that's when I found out I was pregnant, too, which made the trip that much more memorable!
|the kids having fun at the beach|
|On a ride to the top of the mini golf course!|
|The boys got to take a great little science class at Jeanette Pier. What a blast they had!|
|The kids got to be pirates for a day--a boat ride where they found buried treasure, drank "grog" (Mountain Dew!), had their faces painted and said "aaaarrrr" 'til their hearts were content!|
2) We got home on a beach high, filled with dreams of what magic the summer would hold, bucket list written out and everything. And then shortly thereafter morning sickness reared it's not-so-pretty head. It was fierce. I was tired. And I forcibly traded my bucket list for a well...ahem, bucket
. (Sorry, couldn't resist!) I wish I could say I'm one of those stoic, suck-it-up-don't-let-it get-you-down kinds of people, but in all honesty, I kinda stink
at suffering. I feel sorry for myself. I mope. When I'm feeling awful it ends up taking a ginormous toll on pretty much every aspect of my life. The housework falls behind, the thought of throwing together some semblance of well-balanced meal 3 times a day feels gargantuan, and the only thing that brings comfort and relief at the end of the day is crawling into bed. So, all to say, July wasn't the most idyllic of months, but there were some bright spots amidst the mopes and heaves.
3) One of the aforementioned bright spots of July was our week at Cub Scout day camp! I volunteered as a leader, which meant all 3 of the kids and I got to spend every day from 9-4:30 singing goofy songs, making s'mores, doing crafts and all of that other iconic campy goodness. It was SO. MUCH. FUN. Having never been a boy scout (or girl scout for that matter) growing up, this was a whole new world to me. I just loved every minute of it--even though it was 100+ degrees on some of the days, there was a huge scary thunder storm knocking down a tree & making the kids scream with terror, and by the end of the week we all had more mosquito bites than fingers and toes! Loved it.
|My little Megan (on the far left, Adam next to her) at the archery range!|
|Luke (on the light grey shirt) had the lead in the skit performed at Family Night--proud mama moment! :)|
|A very hot, sweaty and tired Megan is still smiling--she loves her crafts!|
|Adam getting the opportunity to light a match--he loved it!|
|The kids wearing goofy hats made for "Crazy Hat Day!"|
4) My sweet, bright, Lego-loving, gentle-natured first born turned 7! I know this sounds trite, but I honestly cannot believe how fast it goes. I'm awed and blessed to have the honor of raising such a wonderful little guy. I love reflecting on how much he's grown and changed over the years, and on the man he is gradually becoming. Each year it just gets better and better. Ok, I'm literally tearing up right now as I type this (dang pregnancy hormones!) so I'll just leave it at that. :)
5) On a much less sentimental and note, we went blueberry picking! I know this seems perfectly ordinary, and barely even worth mentioning, but I *heart* blueberry picking. There's a local farm a few towns over that feels like it never left the 1950s. It's this sprawling peaceful utopia, complete with peepers, butterflies, song-birds and woods. The employees just let you do your thing. Have you ever been to a farm where the employees hover over you like you're some type of criminal plotting the first opportunity to--heaven forbid--leave your assigned row? Well, this place is nothing like that. You just grab a bucket and go. It's like heaven on earth. And the reason I'm so excited we went this year is that we missed it last year. So...yay. :)
6) I got to see my sweet little baby's heart beat. There's just something so magical about seeing your little one on that screen for the first time. All of the sickness, all of the worry and all of the fatigue just melts away as you stare in awe of that little miracle squirming around inside of you. And it makes it all worth it.
So, as my first trimester draws to a close and I (hope to!) have more energy, we're planning on soaking up every last ray of sunshine that August brings! Because before we know it, we'll be diving back into school books, co-ops, and apple-baked Fall goodness!
How has your summer been going? Any highlights you'd like to share? What are you hoping to squeeze in this August?