I am a bit nervous about this new month, friends. But I'm actually not as nervous as I was last week so I won't dwell on the past.
This summer has been challenging in part due to Nicholas' thirst for adventure and also because of his nap habit. Don't get me wrong, I admire both of these qualities in a baby but they do make life harder. Especially when there are 2 older kids dying to do older kid stuff and it's just not possible with only one mama. Nicky naps every afternoon (sometimes still twice a day but mostly once now) and while we can sometimes get away with pushing that way back, we can also sometimes not. That leaves the mornings for activities but we've had swimming lessons every day at 10:30 for the last 7 weeks. Fun but also a big bummer as it's right in the middle of the morning.
With this last month of summer stretching out ahead of us I was feeling a bit of panic. I feel so bad for James and Ruby (and myself having to deal with a very bored James and Ruby) when we are home all afternoon while Nicky naps. Some down time is essential but too much of it leads to fist fights and biting. (not naming any names but one of them is awfully close to getting voted off our island.) I decided the only thing to do was to bail out on the last 2 weeks of swimming. And I feel so much better! Our schedule is totally up to us now! We can get out and do whatever in the morning, come home for nap and they can have some down time then. Yay!
They are also going to vacation bible school at a local church this week for 3 afternoons and James will probably do a skate board camp next week for 3 mornings. Between this stuff, park dates, bike rides, an afternoon trip to the pool or two (by getting a sitter for Nicky), Patrick taking a week off...the month isn't looking so scary after all.
I've felt so torn because I don't want the summer fun to end but on the other hand...I kind of do. I think a fresh approach is going to help us all enjoy this last month together and I feel grateful for the things I've come up with. Also, temps in the 80s would really be nice. (if you are listening, Lord.)
So now it's time to spill it: Are you loving summer home with your kids or is it a bit challenging for you? Please be honest, please. :) If it is challenging, what are you doing to survive?
p.s. Everyone is still sleeping so I might write another post about our super fun cousin visit and weekend. Or I might just make some coffee and enjoy the quiet. :)