We have been is full swing summertime over here and I am loving every second of it! We are at the pool nearly every afternoon, just the way I like it. I was really worried about how this summer would
go with Vivian still being so new. Pool days and newborns dont really mix because of the heat and the sun. I found a tried and true method for surviving summer pool days with a newborn! My favorite baby invention ever- Solly Baby Wrap. I just put Vivi in the wrap, and stick a little sun hat on her. She sleeps the whole time and I still get in the water with my other kids! I just get the wrap and her hat a little wet to keep her cool and we are good to go. This was the first summer that my kids have ever done swimming lessons! Georgia had been on the cusp of swimming for almost a year now, so I knew with a little confidence and encouragement she would be good to go. All three of the big kids did a swim lesson session at the rec, and Georgia and Lane did an additional session with Mary Alice! Now Georgia and Lane are totally water safe!! So PROUD of what they have accomplished this summer. They both jump off the diving board and swim to the side. Ride the big red water slide by themselves, and are totally out of their puddle jumpers. I can't believe it! I mean, I definitely still watch them like a hawk, but it's nice to know that they do actually know how to swim now. Leo is my little pool buddy that never leaves my side. She likes to just hang out by me and Viv and doesn't ever like get her face in the water. Just like her mama. Haha. She did awesome at her cute little swimming lesson too! Passed with flying colors. I keep getting the sense of urgency to go and do and enjoy every single second of this summer. Georgia starts Kindergarten in August and the looming cloud of change is hanging over my head at all times. It's almost suffocating, really. Change has always been an agonizing feeling for me. Kindergarten in particular has been one of those milestones I have happily avoided for the last 5 years. I was talking to my neighbor just yesterday and he said something to the effect of, "isn't it funny how when your kids are little all you want them to do is grow up, and when they grow up all you want them to do is be little again." I kind of chuckled but then very seriously said to him, "I have actually never wanted my kids to grow up." Haha. Maybe I got s little too real with him, but that is the most honest thing I could ever say. I never have and never will be anxious for my kids to grow up. The lady 5 years have been hard but have been so much fun. Pure magic for me! I have tried to soak them all in like a sponge. Desperately trying to imprint all these moments into my memory forever. Mike and I always talk about how time AND change are both constant forces in life. The loss of time happens with every passing minute and therefore change will always be inevitable. My goal this coming school year is to try and embrace the changes as they come. Get excited about the changes instead of depressed, and continue to live life with my kids as I always have- enjoying every minute.