In my life right now I’m trying to really focus on the moments I have with my family. Sometimes, I fail. And I fail hard. Other days, I really remember that these moments pass by way too quickly. So here are some of our fleeting moments.
Visiting Mama Ruth’s house:
We made a trip to visit Mama Ruth. Mama Ruth is my husband’s grandmother. She is in her 90’s now, I think. She is a sweet lady. Our boys had the best time visiting her! They got to pick vegetables from the garden, pick apples off of the tree, try to entice the birds to land on them, learn about different types of flowers, and see their cousin Emma who they hadn’t seen in a long time. We actually hadn’t been up to see Mama Ruth in almost two years all together. It was a pretty awesome trip.
So, I work from home. Sometimes, Mimi (she watches our Goobers while I work and my husband is away staying with family for work) has errands to run. While Mommy is working. Sure, the boys are ecstatic to play video games all day. Mommy doesn’t let that happen. So, what do we do when they’re destroying their bedrooms and the heat index is 105ºF (obviously NOBODY is going outside)? Mommy has to get creative if she wants to get any work done. So, they sat on the tile floor outside my office door and used watercolor paints together. What task did they have? —Big and Little must have some form of direction if they are to play with anything potentially messy or I will end up with watercolor on the walls, floor, children, and probably the ceiling.—Ultimately, the task was to keep busy for the 30 minutes until lunch. It was suggested that they make Mimi and Chief Papa a special picture….2 days later Mimi and Chief Papa were celebrating 33 years of marriage.
My kiddos used to love to watch Ni-hao Kai-lan. Especially the episode titled “Beach Day.” The characters would jump up and down and (in high pitch voices) chant, “Beach Day! Beach Day!” You could say that was our boys on our beach outing. That was before the two hour drive. The water near our home has pretty pitiful waves AND had an outbreak of flesh eating bacteria this year. We decided to travel.
Little loved jumping over the waves. Big loved swimming and trying to go over and under the waves. Mommy and Daddy just took the time to really play and have an awesome time. That was until Big’s leg met a jellyfish. That was the end of our beach time. There are not signs posted at any of our beaches that tell you what to do about a jellyfish sting….There were quite a few signs about what to do if you were caught in a current though.
So FIY: Rinse the area with SALT water, not fresh water, do NOT dry it with a towel, and do NOT get sand on it. You may scrape it very gently with a card to get any stuck stingers out – thankfully, we did not have to do that. Oh yea, and somehow, don’t panic. SO…Big is playing in the water fine as can be then suddenly starts SCREAMING! He’s not making coherent sentences at this point just yelling, “Owwie!”,”Stings!”, “It burns!”, and “Make it stop!” while we have no idea what has happened. He thrashes through the water, running like a crazed wild man, to the beach. Where he promptly sits right in the sand and proceeds to grab by his knee with his now sand covered hands. We run straight for the bottled water in the cooler to rinse off the area to see what’s wrong AND while we’re at it grab a towel to dry whatever it is off. All that’s there are 3 little red dots…which within 10 minutes turned into a purple slash around the side of his leg/knee area…which then turned into a red rash looking area in another 10 minutes….which went away within 8 hours. He is completely fine. And we are a bit wiser on how to handle a jellyfish sting.
So remember: Yes to salt water. No to fresh water. No to towels. No to sand. NO to panicking. Obviously, we had no idea what we were doing here.
The biggest moment…..THE FIRST DAY OF 2ND GRADE!!
We live in the south. We start school early here. How early? First week of August early. Which means that Big has started 2nd grade. He will be changing schools again in a month but he has started. His concern…it’s not common core and it’s the only school system he’s known and we all loved. On meet the teacher night he noticed all of the aids in the teacher’s classroom for the year were things he either learned in Kindergarten or 1st grade. He did ask if she could teach him anything. I said that I’m sure she can.
Why is my 2nd grader concerned with common core? Well, it’s what he knows and loved. His next school will be common core. And he gets bored very easily. So, what’s my concern? Is he adjusting well? We are 7 days in as I type this. He still hasn’t made a friend, he doesn’t sit with anyone on his bus, and he doesn’t know anyone’s name. When I tried to talk to him about it he just says that he’s different, they already have friends, and he’s going to be moving soon so there’s no point. What a long month it’ll be.
What moments have you had this summer? Do you have any moments in the works you can’t wait to share? I’m sorry there were so many in one post! I’ve really started to work on focusing on our moments and not the minutes so much in our lives. Can’t wait to hear your moments!