"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

this weekend, we...

It's hard to believe but summer is winding down over here, and with that comes a calendar that is increasingly filling up. Filling up with all good things, but still, we're about to say goodbye to lazy weekends. If we weren't the football family before, we are going to be even more so this year. Jaden's going to have his own football game every Saturday morning from September until almost the end of October!

So with the changing of seasons and schedules looming ahead, we enjoyed having absolutely nothing scheduled this past weekend. We let the hours flow however we wanted them to. There was time to play, to color, to rest. And time for fun and adventure and of course... swimming. It was a good weekend. I know my kids are happy when their heads hit their pillows at the end of the day and both say, "Ohhhh this feels good." Music to this mama's ears!

This weekend, we...

...practiced a lot of baseball. Jaden's definitely in baseball mode with games two nights a week now and a field trip with daycare tomorrow to see the Waterloo Bucks baseball team play in the middle of the day. And Brandon's always been a fan of t-ball. So, Jaden with the pitching machine, Brandon with the T, and Daddy playing coach and catcher. It's a pretty efficient system. ;)

...we went swimming on Saturday afternoon. It was a hot one and the perfect day for the pool. Cassi, Ella and Deanne met us there and though it was crowded, it was fun. I'm trying to maintain this slightly sun-kissed skin tone for as long as I can! ;)

...we threw an impromptu gathering on Saturday night. We had the families over, we grilled, the kids watched movies, and we drew a bull's-eye on the garage door out of chalk for the bow and arrow Nerf gun. And after everyone left, the boys and Cody stayed out past dark hitting balls and catching lightning bugs.

...we cruised the river on Sunday.

It was the most perfect day to be out on the water. Instead of sweating, we almost got a little bit chilly at times, and it gave me ideas for fall picnics on sand bars in the near future. Cody wanted to fish and the boys brought along their own sources of entertainment...

While we were anchored, we watched dogs swim off the sand and chase sticks in the river, and when he was done fishing, Cody got that boat going as fast as it can. Which is a lot faster than I thought it was capable of! The boys are finally both comfortable enough to zip around on that thing, and we went flying all the way up and down the river at full speed. It was so fun to see houses from the water we'd never seen from dry land, and Cody found a new fishing hole at one end of the river that he'd never seen before. And before we pulled the boat ashore, we beached it for a while. We had such a fun afternoon.

The boys collected tons of clam shells, and they were convinced they could hear the ocean in them. We let them go on believing that because they are kids, after all. And they only get to be kids for a little while.

We found a stream full of small fish cutting right through the sand and followed it to a secluded pond hidden from everything.

Cody even found this pool ball! He loves having mementos from days like this and swears to keep this thing in his man cave as a memory of our day.

It was so fun spending this time just the four of us, teaching the boys how to skip rocks, watching them experience new things and get excited over their little shell collections and fossil finds. We wrote our name in the sand before leaving and brought our treasures home with us.

I love living life with them.