So… I accidentally let a month go by without updating this little old blog? Oops? I don’t know what to say, other than the lack of posts basically sums up the past month, with all it’s excitement and stuff. Here’s a quick recap:
- My mom turned 60 and we threw her a surprise party and it totally rocked. My mom loves celebrating birthdays (especially her own). So after spending the last year beating cancer, volunteering for like everything at church and various ministries, and continuing to care selflessly and with reckless abandon for everyone else, including me and my brood, she definitely deserved a huge celebration and some good surprises. We actually managed to surprise her, not only with the party, but with both one of her best friends coming in from Texas and my brother flying in from California. It was an amazing weekend with lots of surprises, happy tears, and partying. Birthday girl approved. I spent the entire week after napping. (No, I didn’t… but I wanted to.)
- My brother’s been in for almost an entire month and both of my children are obsessed with him and refuse to acknowledge the fact that he’ll be going back home in a few days. It’s going to be pretty sad around here come the end of the week. But we’re so glad we’re getting in some serious QT while he’s here.
- For my 30th, my mom planned a fun day out with my friends. We went to see the Broadway Chicago Sound of Music (my all-time favorite!) and went out for dinner. So, so, so fun, and just how I wanted to ring in a new decade.
- I had the chance to attend the Finding Your Fiat conference down in Peoria the weekend after, and it was incredible. Not only was it pretty fun to have some time away from home ALL BY MYSELF, but I met some truly incredible women, got some really amazing inspiration from the speakers, and just overall really enjoyed myself. I had been nervous about going on my own and not knowing anyone, but I’m so very happy I did. Oh, and did I mention that I got to spend a night in a hotel room ALL BY MYSELF?!
- I got a minivan. Please note the lack of all-caps, italics, excessive exclamation marks, or glow-y adjectives. I’m still coping. I took no issue with turning 30. I feel like I handled it pretty gracefully. But trading in my cool mom car for a minivan is somehow taking me longer to accept… which is serving as a great reminder that I clearly have some work to do on the humility front and I’m maybe way more shallow than I had previously thought. I’m working on it. But it helps that my new ride has a cd player that works and a place to plug in my iPhone and one of those thingies that makes my voice louder in the back so I can yell at my kids to stop touching each other more efficiently. Oh, and it will also hold all my children after the baby comes next month, so I guess that’s good, too.
- Speaking of my new swagger wagon, we took it on our first family road trip last week to go visit my grandma and relatives in Minnesota. We didn’t know what to expect from the 18 hour round-trip, but we were actually pleasantly surprised with how the kids behaved. (Ok, ok, and also how we behaved. We hardly had any arguments about navigation or whose turn it was to pick up projectile toys.) Anyway, it was actually relatively pleasant, as far as road trips with young children go. If you want to know all my secret amazing parenting tips for a road trip, here you go: This and these. That’s the extent of it. Screen time and snacks, baby. Screen time and snacks. The trip was great, the kiddos loved seeing their great-grandma and seeing some aunts and uncles and cousins, and we even snuck in a Twins game on the way home (first baseball game for both the kids!) A couple days in Wisconsin, complete with pool time and a morning at the beach, rounded out our trip before we headed home on the 4th. Again, I will be napping for the next week. Either that or doing the 18 loads of laundry we somehow accumulated within 5 days away.
- Why yes, I AM super pregnant, thanks for asking. I actually had a dream the other night where I showed up at the birth center and told my midwife I was ready to have my baby now and she was all, “You’re only 33 weeks, you can’t have your baby now.” And I cried. All drama aside, I’m actually feeling pretty good, aside from the usual feeling huge and hot and achey. My biggest struggle is patience- in each of my pregnancies, I get really kind of crabby and impatient with things, and I feel badly because I’m sure my family feels the effects, especially the kids. BUT! Only another month and a half and we’ll be ready to meet this little nugget. So it’s all good.
- My official plan for the rest of the summer (well, at least until the babe comes next month) is to just relax and enjoy it with the kiddos and take it slow and easy. It’s already going by so fast, and I’m looking forward to lots of mornings in the backyard with the sprinkler on and picnic lunches and lazy naps in the afternoons. A girl can dream, can’t she?
Ok, so that’s the wrap-up. I know ya’ll were on the edge of your seats. 😉 I’ll be around a bit more, hopefully. What have you all been up to so far this summer?