Hello there! Sorry it’s been forever. Summer for our family has been in full swing for almost three weeks and it’s flying by. I love summertime, but will admit I’m not exactly a pro at juggling four kids going in what feels like 17 different directions in a day. It can get a little crazy. On average Peter and I drive around 120 miles/day to get everyone to their various activities. Here is a sample showing only a few of our daily stops. The numbers represent how many miles each place is from home. Ha!
“Why drive so many miles” you ask? Because we live in a tiny beach town and everything is reallllly spread out.
Unlike many other bloggers out there, I do NOT have a personal assistant, nanny, or housekeeper. Nope, none of the above. We do have a sitter who helps us here and there, which I really treasure. And one of these days I might get an assistant, but for now this is the right thing for us. I share this personal information with you for two reasons: 1) I like to keep things real here on the blog and 2) I know many of you also work very hard in your career or running a household while juggling a multitude of responsibilities. It takes grit and strength, n’est ce pas?
ON LIFE AND FAMILY…
I love that families come in all shapes and sizes. You may have only fur babies, or a big family of seven, or 23 chickens and a goat. We are all valuable and equal in God’s eyes. For me, I have learned that this is a season in life which involves my complete dedication to our family. Sure, I always try to squeeze in whatever extra I can, but family comes first. This means having to be creative in ways to earn additional funds for our household, such as working from home on special projects, teaching ballet at school, etc. I’m also trying to be outside with my kids more, on the computer less, and enjoy a more simple life. These choices have meant passing up a few career opportunities over the years, but I do not regret that one bit. I’m not saying this to brag, put anyone else down, or seem holier-than-thou, but rather to encourage any other moms (or dads!) out there who have chosen to put a few personal or professional goals on ice in order to focus on their family. It’s not the popular or glamorous way to roll, I know. I feel like we live in a materialistic culture that doesn’t exactly promote this type of thinking, so I want to be an cheerleader for those who have made the choice to live with a little less so their loved ones get more quality “together” time.
All that being said, for summer blogging I’ve decided it’s more realistic to pop in and to write a few fun but shorter posts each week, versus waiting forever to write a lengthy post. Like sharing mini updates on our pets, who seem to multiply often, haha. This little peep was one of six eggs I bought on ebay….she hatched in our home after incubating under our broody hen.
A few snippets from our last month. Our son’s team made it to state finals and they won second place in the state of Florida, woot woot! There is no catching our kid. He is an amazing runner.
Our other son taught one of our hens to yolo board.
Our youngest daughter has a new bunny addition. She named him Precious. And yes, he’s real! He is the most mellow rabbit I have ever met. Literally stays wherever you put him. Apparently he is also a soccer player.
He has a very demanding dress-up schedule.
Pippi doesn’t seem to mind our new guy. She even shares her favorite bed with him.
In human news, our oldest graduated from 8th grade last month!
In hen news, Pouf is the most doting chicken mom around. It has been so fun watching her teach the baby how to take dirt baths, find food, and eat their morning oatmeal. She feeds her chick before she feeds herself!
We also have equestrians, mermaids, and ballerinas in our home. Can’t remember if I’ve told you, but our oldest daughter is now big enough to ride my horse, Savez. They are quite a pair!
Cheers to treasuring those we love and hanging on to what’s most important in life – being together.