This Life

Brooke 3 silly Brooke pretty brookeThe many faces of Brooke.

Benji hockey dinoPlaying hockey with a dinosaur tail, of course.

swimming with kids Benji and MommyFinally hot enough for the pool!

sock monkey smash cakeSock Monkey smash cake

Ah..summer. How I have waited for you!

Last week was our first week home altogether this summer. It was everything it was cracked up to be. We (well, I) slept in a little, ate breakfast at a leisurely pace, biked to the park, checked out the local pool, biked for groceries, tidied the house every (okay, most) mornings. finally got the mountain of laundry tackled and just spent a lot of time with the kids and swatting mosquitos.

A few years ago when I had a 3 1/2 year old, a 20 month old temper tantrum waiting to happen and a new little baby, summers were a juggling match. Going places took a bit of planning, naps still ruled the day, life was busy and we just went with it. There was one time in a grocery store, while I was trying to keep a handle on a quickly escalating moment at the check out, when the teller passed my children some stickers, looked in my eyes with sympathy and said, “It only gets easier honey.” At the time, I didn’t find life that hard. I’m the type of person who just takes what I’m dealt and make do. But goodness, was she ever right. This kid thing does get easier. I finally feel like I’m at a point with my kids where we can do almost whatever we want, whenever we want. Benji being over two can have his nap pushed back or canceled easily. I’m not fearing public meltdowns nearly as much. Restaurants aren’t nearly as daunting. Benji, who I had to shadow at the park last year, now points to the bench at the park, tells me to sit down as he runs off. My kids get along. They play (rough house) together without any me initiating activities.

It’s just easier. Summer is finally awesome again!

The summer awesome factor is stepping it up a notch. Jason’s parents and sisters are coming today. Have I ever told you how much I love his family? They are here for only a week, but I wish it were a month. I’ve cleared my cake calendar. There is so much I want to do with them! We plan to head up to Calgary and Banff while they’re here, hit up the pool and splash pad a few times, check out some local shops and just spend a lot of evenings chatting while the sun goes down. I know the time is going to fly by and I hope we can grasp every opportunity!

Life is sweet!

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