The title of this post was taken from the song Just Like Fire by Pink.
Can I be honest for a minute? Don't get me wrong I love summer and I love all the extra things I get to do with my kids but I suck as a stay at home mom. Being a stay at home parent is freaking hard work. I find that my time with my kids during the school year is a higher quality than it is when I'm home all the time. I cherish it more during the school year and it seems easier. During the summer I feel like I constantly have to be doing something with them and it's stressful. The age gap between the kids also makes it a little harder. For example, I want to make a ball rack out of pvc pipe to hold all of our basketballs, soccer and volleyballs. I also want to make a sprinkler for the kids. Anyway, I showed the plans to John last night and we made a trip to Lowes to get what we needed. Blake screamed the entire way there and the entire way back. I thought I was going to lose my mind. I don't know what was wrong with him but after chasing, playing, changing diapers, feeding, listening to him and Jaxon fight, picking up their toys, and a million other things, I was not in the mood for non-stop screaming. My patience reached it's max about 2 miles into the trip. I even yelled at him once. Anyway, I feel like I fail at parenting during the summer. I'm now wondering how I'm ever going to survive taking the kids to Atlanta for vacation. I'm sure John comes home from work each day and wonders just what the heck I did all day. Usually things are just as messy and cluttered when he gets home as they were when he left. I swear I pick up toys, blankets, sippy cups, video games, remotes, and shoes ALL FREAKING DAY LONG. My hat goes off to all parents, working and stay at home. Parenting is hard work.
Now that I've complained it really hasn't been horrible all the time. Here is proof that I love all my kids and we do have fun :)
Mason earned his orange belt in karate.
Blake enjoying ice cream after working in the yard.
Jaxon helped pull weeds at Aunt Mandaly's house.
We went to Megan's dance recital.
Tyler playing with Blake.
My friend Karma and I have been walking in the mornings before she goes to work.
These little fellas enjoy it very much.
And we've been swimming a few times.