Sorry for being a blogging slacker. It's just been busy.
Mostly with this:
I totally screwed on all those brackets myself!
Which (hours and (weeks of) hours) later led to this:
We are now fenced in again and it feels great!
And there have been pleasant surprises around here, like a note from the girl, who has been awesome to take care of the boys and put them to bed in the evening so that Aaron and I can both be out working on the fence.
There have been funny garden surprises, like the hollyhocks, sunflowers, and tomatillos that are coming up in the most surprising places (not where we planted them for sure!).
Siding is done, windows will be finished this week, fence is done (thanks in large part to a family work party - my family rocks!) and the last dumpster was picked up. That felt kinda awesome. Much more normal.
Yesterday we did a hike and picnic with my family - all of whom are in town right now. A little mini-reunion.
The leaves are changing! Although this feels like the longest. summer. ever. it also feels like we missed it since we've been so busy working on everything. Stupid fire.
It was fun to have some sibling/aunt/uncle/cousin time.
And some splashing/exploring time. Nature is good.
I have had my moments lately being a complete ball of stress trying to keep up with my family, plan homeschool stuff, plan the primary program (ugh), plan a little getaway that we really need, and fix the yard and fence. It feels like way too much right now.
We have made time for some fun stuff. The girl and I went with my parents and sister up to Sundance to see 'Seven Brides'. Aaron and I celebrated our 16th anniversary a week early by going to see Andrew Bird in concert (again), and celebrated the actual day with the kiddos going to our favorite pizza place (where they blast Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins and you can draw on the walls - our kids love it!).
And now it's time to run again - all day actually, why does nothing ever slow down?
Anyway, I'm good, how are you?