Is it just us or is this summer flying by faster than usual for anyone else? I really can’t believe we are at the end of July already!
So what have we been up to?
If we are insta friends (@katetellsstories) then you know there has been a whole lot of lacrosse going on. This is the first summer season we’ve done club lax and Bennett managed to convince us to let him play too. In our head’s that was going to be really simple because surely since they play for the same club, they would play at the same tournaments and we would make some fun family weekends out of it. Well, that wasn’t the case and it turned out that the one weekend C’s team didn’t play, B’s team did. And another weekend B had off, C was in Delaware. And then one really fun one where they WERE at the same tournament…but at different complexes 30 minutes away from each other so we had to split up all day anyway. Plus because we are big old suckers for the lax passion, there were also two weekends Cullen’s team was off but he was asked to play with another team within the club who were short players and he did that too (one we were there with Bennett already so it was easy). But with all that said, I love watching them play so much and their love of the game has only grown.
However, we were able to squeeze in some special things in-between games, including making a family weekend for a tournament in Williamsburg with Marme, extra time with cousins on the sidelines since Uncle Tommy coaches one of the high school teams within the same club, and had some quality time with Wells and Griffin at home while the big boys were gone. W and G also got their own weekend at Nana and Pop’s while Kev and I traveled together with the boys. It’s been a whirlwind but we made a lot of great memories along the way!
While lacrosse seemed to consume most of summer, we have had time to do other things we well! There have been trips to the farm, visits with Nana and Pop, and neighborhood parties.
We did some local field trips like the newly opened Museum of the Army, ice skating at Mt Vernon Rec Center, and the ever-favorite National Zoo. The Museum of the Army was really well done and since it outlines Army conflicts through present day, the boys brought up a lot of questions about Kev’s time overseas that they had not previously asked. We are hoping to go back with him (and Pop!) one day soon so they can talk through things together.
It has been the summer of the “snack tray” because I feel like all I do is feed people all day long so sometimes by the time dinner comes along, this is all I got (sorry Kev).
And outside of all the things on the schedule, we’ve been at the pool almost daily, played flag football, spent time with cousins, had so many brother basement sleepovers, have not gotten any haircuts, passed out 100s of ice pops to all the kids who hang in our yard (I love it), read books, played games, watched a lot of movies, stayed up too late, slept in a ton and just let them be kids in the summer.
Finally, some highlights on video (basically, they couldn’t stop playing lacrosse even when they weren’t slated to be at practice/Griffin hasn’t gotten dressed all summer/there’s still a lot of wrestling)
So when you write it all out like that, it is no wonder it is going by quickly. I am grasping onto the time as much as possible though because I can see their teenage years inching so much closer and know the true childhood summers with all 4 of them in a pack are going to be over before I know it. We still have a few weeks to go and some more fun to be had so it isn’t quite over yet, but I am glad to at least get this documented.
Love you boys more than you will ever know!