Summer time is supposed to be a slower pace of life and lots of time off, but it sure hasn't started out like that. After last summer of doing nothing, the kids were excited to get back into sports and activities so we have been watching a lot of outdoor basketball games, tennis lessons, swim lessons, and track and field meets. It's equal parts adorable, exciting, and exhausting.
Just look at my little guy trying to jump hurdles :)
Both Phil and I work all summer, so there is a constant juggle between the big kids of who is working and who can babysit and who can drive who where. This makes me have major mom-guilt that the big guys have to step in for us, and that our littles don't see us as much as I'd like. So on days off, we try to have some fun, like bumper boats, and cousin sleepovers, and ice cream trips and friend hangouts.
We did have a very nice Fourth of July (celebrated on the 5th) with a parade and family cookout and birthday party for the July birthdays.
When this posts, it will be my Dad's 81st birthday - happy birthday you sharp shooter!
My brother-in-law rode his car in the parade with some of my kids in the back throwing out candy - so fun!
A group shot from the parade...Summer Martins...Summer Not ;)
We are currently packing up to head to Catholic Family Land next week. Three of my neices are working there all summer, so I'm happy to see them, but the idea of living in a camper with nine people frightens me. The kids are so excited and I just keep thinking that the extra stress of trying to get ready to go on this vacation will be worth the destressing that happens on vacation. Fingers crossed.
I thought this article was a good read "The Hard Truth About Raising Catholic Teens", though it left me feeling a little hopeless for ways we've already gone wrong. I do feel hopeful since JP chose a good Catholic university and pray the rest of my kids can follow suit if it's God's Will for them.
Is this real life? I mean seriously, when is Jesus coming back?
Can I ask for your prayers while we are away on this family retreat? We have had a tough year and even tougher past month with some things I can't elaborate on publically. We are hoping for some clarity on what to do moving forward and discerning God's Will in our lives. Thank you :)