Summer is in full swing

Me, Summer 2013. I’m even wearing my dangly earrings.

It has been a while since I have posted and well, we have been very busy.  Mornings at the pool and theatre camp, evenings on the baseball field or soccer field, and afternoons full of reading and backyard play in our brand new backyard batting cage! (see below)

I love the summer.  My extroverted side loves the hot weather and days at the town pool socializing with neighbors.  I love bare feet, the beach, frozen fancy drinks, and my vegetable garden.  I love morning runs in bright sunlight, and I even love a good detox sweat from running in the warm humid morning summer air.  Beats the heck out of February and the flu ;-)

But summer is flying by and we. are. busy.  We had a few moments this afternoon to rest and I immediately heard, “I’m bored.”  Are you kidding me?  I assigned some chores (don’t tell me you are bored or you will have to clean) and then I spent afternoon quiet time drawing the above picture.  My kids wanted to know why I was holding so many things.  “The bag looks empty mom, you should put some of the stuff in there.”  Yeah kids, the issue is really that I don’t have a big enough bag.

Sadly, I was unable to draw the sound of a screaming 18 month old into the photo.  So I decided to leave the baby out completely for fear that this photo could resurface during therapy years later.

This vocation really is a juggling act, and we moms are center stage.  For me, everything is easier to juggle when it is warm.  I hope you are all enjoying your summer.  And a Happy Belated 4th of July!

Annual Porch Swing 4th of July shot. This was the best of the bunch.

Yes we have a protective screen for the pitcher. Don’t worry ;-)

  • Kathleen

    I love summer, too. We are keeping it super low key this summer partly for budgetary reasons. I am missing the pool this summer, because I too love the social aspect, but we’re trying to keep busy with sprinklers and play dates. I am actually surprised how busy we are despite having no activities. I almost can’t think about adding anything! Although, I told my husband, next year, we’ve got to have a pool and a swim team. I was a natural in the water, but my kids are not showing the same affinity for water and people say this is the best way to get them to be strong swimmers.

  • Kat0427

    Cool! I never knew that you were artistic, but clearly you are! I love your 4th of July picture, and that batting cage is every kid’s dream. Your backyard is the perfect shape for it!

  • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

    Awesome pic!

  • jurismater

    Where did you learn to draw like that? I think you should make a hand-drawn self-portrait an annual thing like your 4th of july porch photo. Wouldn’t it be fun to look back from year to year? Although they will probably look pretty similar for a few years. All I have to say is thank goodness for the piano books and sports equipment in our lives these days, what a nice addition to diapers and messes!

    • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

      Yes! And I should have drawn a diaper and wipes box…next time. I’ve been doing a lot of drawings lately, so I just might have to do an annual cartoon self portrait to go with the 4th of July shot. I maxed out my art classes at Princeton, and in high school, but I haven’t drawn anything in years. This sketch was so fun (and the kids thought it was fun too), that I’ve been sketching all my kids and taking some time to teach them how to draw (I’m a pretty lousy homeschooling mom for never having done this, I know). First lesson, the eyes are at the halfway point on the head, not in the top 1/4! Their drawings are already less alien looking.


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