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… And just like that, it was over!

As summer draws to a close I am reflecting over these past few months… We started out in a very unorganized way, we have had very little BBQ’s this year… Really not like us, we haven’t sat out all evening drinking a chatting, again very unlike us, and I personally have just felt tired and drained… Now I can’t even blame Tate for lack of sleep as he is such a good baby… I just really feel there is something lacking about this summer… And now it’s almost Fall!

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I think my lack of energy is because I need to find a direction and. stick to it, I feel like sometimes, I just wander aimlessly around, but these past few years have been tough for our family, due to a series of events, life just seems hard in every direction… So I’m trying to find some positive vibes in each and every day, because despite everything we are a close, loving family and that means everything in life… Well that and a glass of wine, of course!

The one thing I will remember this summer for, is our pool days with our very kind friends, this year there have been a lot of fun wet days spent in their pool, and for that I am truly grateful to them… Florence’s confidence in the water has improved so much, her love for swimming has increased so much over the summer months, each pool day has seen her grow into a happy diver, swimmer, racer and her smile each time she jumps into that water is magical!

This was Tate’s first summer pool experience, although he was dubious at first I think his confidence has grown too… We even got a couple of smiles from him as he kicked his little legs, splashing away!

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This is also the summer we discovered that Florrie loves sand, the Cake Boss shop, movies in the park and Twix Bites… Now we are all totally addicted! Mabel has become a very competent swimmer and Blu has actually left his Xbox and his room and sat with us for long periods of time… We even got him to chat a little… Now that is crazy!

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Summer also saw Mabel hanging out with her friends more, movie dates, swim dates and of course shopping trips to the Mall, this was also the summer that she became a teenager and went to her first concert, which she absolutely loved!

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We have been to the beach a total of three times this summer, and I have decided that beach days out of season are the best… The long drive sat in traffic, the high costs to park your car and then the charges to get onto a extremely busy beach in the height of summer are far outweighed by our after Labor Day beach trip… The drive was easy, parking was not only easy but very cheap, 4 hours on the beach plus one hour having ice cream equalled $5 prime position parking versus $15 for a dusty long walk parking place in the height of summer. The weather was fabulous yesterday 93f, the beach was free and much quieter than it was a few weeks ago… My thoughts are summer may be almost over but I can see a few Fall beach days in our future… Maybe!

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Well school has already started for my older children, universities/colleges are back, but tomorrow truly signifies the end of summer for me… Blu heads back to High School as a Sophomore and Mabel starts her final year in the Middle School as a newly fledged teenager, I’m starting this semester with a new project, homeschooling a three year old… But that’s a story for another day!

Good luck to everyone for this new school year and to all us parents with the love and support each of our children need!

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My baby boy…

Yesterday my baby boy had his first day at High School… Wow, when did he grow up so much? I think the answer to that question, truthfully is in the last year, this time last year he had just become a teenager, he still had his cute puppy fat and looked like my cute baby boy! Over this past year he has started to look so much more grown up, he has grown upwards, slimmed right down, he has hairy legs and his face has matured so much… He still looks like my cute baby boy but all grown up, this makes me slightly sad, but most of all I look at him with pride, he is a wonderful kind person, annoying at times but mostly he has the most wonderful personality!

Blu has always been an easy child, in the first five years of his life he was a pleasure to be with, I cried when he started full time school because I loved spending all of my time with him! His eyes are a beautiful bluey gray color, they light up his whole face, he has always worn his hair long and his easy going personality makes it hard to ever really get mad with him! Of course as he approached his first ever teenage birthday I could see traits of the dreaded teenage hormones, but my fears have been unfounded, he is an annoying teenage boy from time to time, he loves spending time on his beloved Xbox, but he has his own mind and recently decided he wanted to play soccer for the High School team, his commitment has been fantastic, even though throughout most of August he had to be on the soccer field at 9pm every morning, he has not wavered!

Now my beautiful blue eyed boy is at High School I can only look on and hope that the person he is will always shine through, as we all know High School is a whole different ball game, drugs in most schools are abundant, our grades we achieve are now the most important they have ever been and the friendships we make can be the ones that will last forever… It really can shape who we will be… My hopes are that Blu will always follow his heart, remember who he is and be the best person he can be… I love him so much and have such emotion whenever I look at his handsome face!

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