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Summer of Sanity 2015 - The Recap


So, a little over 3 months ago I posted my hopes for Summer of Sanity 2015.  Let's see where we ended up:

June was a crazy fast month with family visits, tee ball, a week of camp for each of the boys and our family vacation to NC/SC.  We were able to sit back and relax the rest of July until school started the 2nd week of August, too soon!

We did the charts only for about 2 weeks and then it was like "screw it".  Mostly because the boys knew what the system was and well, it's summer, and I'm me, so following through with things is often a toughie for me.  I know, I know, bad trait to model for my kids. Whatever.

I again found myself only really able to handle one big outing a day, but we had some good ones.  The weather was mild and our backyard became our go-to destination.  With the boys being 4 and 7, can I just tell you the elation of saying “Go outside” and they can all by themselves!  Heaven!  It gives me time to get Cora around and complete a chore or two in the house.

We didn’t venture to any public pools this summer because I need like 8 arms and 15 eyes.  The kids are all at different swim levels, and Miss Cora is fearless so she monopolizes a lot of my attention near water. We did go to friend’s who had pools and the local sprinkler park, but really were just as happy home with our water toys.  I see swimming lessons in our future…

The boys were great this summer and only drove me batty with screen time requests first thing in the morning but I caved usually because I need my beauty sleep.  They were then done with for the day, but man it was still a day of constant requests.  This will be a continuing battle I think.


Cora went through the terrible pre-2 phase.  Ugh, she was miserable for most of July & August with what I can only assume was a hormonal imbalance prepping me for her tween years. She managed to ooze pure adorable cuteness just as frequently which saved me from going crazy.  Thankfully she eventually stopped grabbing my jugular (literally) at any given notice when the wind changed in a direction she didn’t care for. 

It was a great summer and felt easy and the kids enjoyed themselves as well as us. That is what it is all about and helps keeps me sane. Fall is off to a nice slow pace which I’m very much looking forward too.






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