Saturday, October 19, 2013

Exhaustion x3!

Wow. I can't believe it's already getting towards the end of October! And I only have 1 out of 3 Halloween costumes done, yikes. I need to get on that! Isn't Arch so cute as Jake though? His was fun to make...P & B both want to be ninjagos which should be interesting...

John has been out of town all week so I've been single-parenting. It is EXHAUSTING. Seriously. Soccer practices (x3), soccer games (x4), cub scouts (x1, but I had to take all 3 and it was a nightmare!), swimming lessons (x3). And I skipped out on a basketball meeting (Preston will be playing, the other two won't). 

Thankfully the weather has been beautiful the past couple of days (sunny & around 60 degrees!). We have been riding bike to school most days, but we walked one day last week and I realized that maybe I don't actually despise Fall as much as I thought. I'm pretty sure I just don't like the fact that winter is coming. Fall itself is beautiful, and it's not unbearably cold...maybe we could just skip winter? Because really, it's hard to hate a season that looks like this:

There has been serious progress in swimming lessons, despite us taking 2 weeks off. Preston can now swim totally independently, taking breaths, for the entire length of the pool. Considering the extent of his swimming abilities when we started consisted of putting his head under water, and floundering around a bit, this is huge! And he LOVES it. Really truly loves it. B can do about half the width of the pool, which is awesome too. He's working on taking breaths. Archer is still working on getting comfortable being under the water, but he's getting there. Getting them in GOOD swimming lessons has made all the difference. I only wish we had started them here earlier instead of wasting our time on group swim lessons at the community center.
Here you can see Preston (middle) swimming the length of the pool while Archer's lesson was going on (and that's B with his pool noodle to the left).

The boys all won their soccer games today, and my two little guys both scored goals. Next weekend they all have their last games, and I have to say I'm ready for it to be done. Preston will start basketball right away, but we won't have to juggle all their schedules at least!
B is definitely our most serious soccer player. He is INTO it. He loves it. I have no doubt that this kid will be playing soccer again in the Spring. He's so fun to watch too! 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Work & Play

That's what we've been up to.

Lots (and lots) of this:

And then some of this, on the in between times:

But the end is in sight! The greenhouse is coming along, and we just have a few more weeks of soccer (although the boys are wanting to play basketball next...we shall see...). We will still have cub scouts and swimming lessons, but that's manageable. And I can't wait for the greenhouse to be done. I have big plans for a fall/winter garden this year!