Well we are rocking through the first week of school! The routine has come back easily and we’re busy but we are having fun.
We are a family that likes to be involved. Church, UiL, choir, American Heritage Girls, the list goes on and on.
just a normal week around here!
So sometimes things go undone. Sometimes I’m playing on my phone in front of my kids, it’s my 2 minutes of down time. I was very happy to see this article pop up on my news feed. There are many things out there to make moms feel guilty about how they are raising their children. Those perfect pinterest moms that are crafting goddesses. Those homeschool moms that can teach their kids algebra and have a perfectly clean house. Those crunchy moms that make their own butter and baby wipes.
I can’t do any of those things, but I can give my kids life experiences and busy and full childhoods that they will always remember.
We stay busy because I’m happiest when we are, and you know “happy wife, happy life”. :) Hubster has his things he’s involved in, I have mine and we have ours as a family. We just never stop.
So this one part of the article came at the exact time that I needed it:
. As long as you’re doing your best to make it all work for your family, you’re doing just fine, and that’s what matters.
One thing we were able to do on the cruise, thanks to the family, was have an only child day with each girl. That meant they had their parents all to themselves to with as they pleased.
So how did Jillian chose to spend her day?
We had lunch together and then had nap. It was a very calm day while all the other people on the boat were playing in Jamaica. My little freckles liked not having to share her mom and dad.
You know that movie that came out last winter? The one involving all things cold? Well as soon as summer ends (sadly it’s almost over), I’m going to show you the fun Olaf had.
I was so committed to this blog post that I walked around the cruise ship like this!
The kids on the boat loved it! My girls would get asked about Olaf and we would explain that he was experiencing summer.
To make this work I bought another Teeny Tiny Olaf. He took over for big Olaf when it was a tough job. Jillian loved holding Teeny Tiny as we called him.
Having Olaf added another little element to the cruise and I’m hoping it helped make it very memorable for the girls.
As you know we took a cruise. We had a wonderful time. I’m going to post about it…but in segments here is #1.
I am a pretty pale person. I have been sunburnt a lot in my life, one time so bad it resulted in 1 inch high blisters on my shoulders. So spending a week out in the ocean I took extra good care of myself. I didn’t want to spend time on the ship suffering from sun sickness.
I covered myself in sunblock every day SPF 100, and every time I went out in the sun. I wore a sunhat, both to protect myself and to keep me from getting a lecture from Aunt Mary.
Even the girls were good about getting their sun block. Jillian would come up to me and say “Momma protect my freckles”.
Sure our cheeks would get a little red after all day in the sun, but it never truly burned. I have to say that my whole family came away from the cruise pretty safe. Except the one thing I missed……
When we got on the boat to go snorkeling I was all ready. I was lathered up in SPF and I had made my own shade with my hat.
Having never been snorkeling before I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t prepared to have to jump ship to swim with the fishes.
I prepared for everything, except snorkeling with a wedgie! While I was swimming through the water enjoying the coral reef, the sun beamed down on the palest part of my body, (that should have been covered) and spanked me.