We also check out new places and create memories on new adventures. It is what I strive for because when I look back on my own summers of childhood, there are so many good memories. I remember playing outside with my sisters riding bikes, playing kick the can, going to the beach. I remember family vacations of camping and driving across Canada. I am sure within those moments there was screaming, crying, embarrassing moments at restaurants, sunburns and mosquito bites. But those things have fallen to the cutting room floor of the film that has become my summer memory reel. The movie that plays in my head as I watch my kids enjoy summer.
This week there has been many good times, some great times and there have been tough and frustrating moments. Times where I wanted to give myself a time out. In the whole scheme of life these tough moments were small, not a big deal. We are not talking about fighting cancer or having to stay inside all summer. Sometimes I need to remind myself, my tough moments are not a big deal. We are talking about screaming fits, fighting siblings and tantrums. This week I was told that I am a mean mommy and I am not liked, but I was also snuggled tightly and told I am the best mommy in the whole world by the same four year old. Ebb and flow, ebb and flow.
It was impossible not to catch Sarah's over flowing excitement about her first ever ballet class. Monday afternoon it was operation ballet outfit search. We found her the whole outfit and I practically had to rip it off her Monday night before bed. Her first ballet class was a huge hit. Unfortunately, I watched very little of it because Jack was screaming like a banshee to go to the park and the instructor said, "You're going to want to take him out." Rats!
The ebb and flow of our night time and sleep patterns continues. Just a few weeks ago, Jack slept in his own bed all night and by himself six out of ten nights. But with a poof, that pattern disappeared and he is back to waking for snuggles and sleeping partners. We love his snuggles, but are constantly trying new things to get him to stay in his bed. Sarah sleeps with a stuffed wolf. It is to keep away the tiger that is in a recurring dream that she has. We are hoping to get Jack to feel the love for a stuffed wolf and then he will feel less lonely in his bed.
|Update: Jack fell asleep hugging his wolf. Let's see if he stays that way.|
What's summer without marshmallows to hold and squish and eat?
This is just a snippet of our summer so far. I know there is much more to come. Places to visit and memories to create. I am sure there will also be forgettable moments. More moments for the cutting room floor. It's all about ebb and flow.