A Summer Solstice Weekend

I have to get this off my chest: Sundays are quickly becoming my least favorite day of the week.  Church is right smack in the middle of nap time and we are definitely paying for the boys' lack of sleep!  They are waking nightmares all afternoon and are getting quite adept at making our lives miserable.  Sometimes we just wave the white flag and leave church early. This has got to get better someday, right?  (Oh, like six months from now when our block time switches back to 9AM!  I can't wait.)  In fact, I was so wound up and upset last night that I couldn't possibly go to bed.  I desperately needed some quiet down time.  So Bron suggested we lay a blanket out in the backyard and watch the stars.  It was perfect.  Did you know that the stars don't really come out until midnight this time of year?  It is still that bright outside up here in Idaho!  Watching the stars come out was amazing.  We could see the milky way and even made a wish on a couple of shooting stars.  Bron is so good to me.  How does that man know exactly what I need?

 ^^A perfect summation of Jed this summer: bare feet, a monkey on his back, riding a bike.  I love this four year old!^^

Despite my complaints about our Sunday restlessness, the weekend was actually a success.  After a busy week away from home and from Bron, we got to play and relax together as a family.

On Saturday we took the boys out for a hike around Dierkes Lake.  We underestimated how long the trail really is and Bron grossly underestimated the amount of water leftover in his camel back from his morning bike ride, but we made it around without incidence.  It was just dry!  The boys actually stayed happy.  Levi caught a few rides on Bron's shoulders and Jed walked nearly the entire way.  Then we re-hydrated with smoothies from Jamba Juice.  Very refreshing.  I take pride knowing that my little boys love exploring the great outdoors already!

Then Sunday we moved my "new" kitchen table (I need to repair and repaint the chairs) from the garage onto the lawn for an evening barbeque with friends.  It was kind of picture perfect: great company, sunny weather, a light breeze, burgers, potato salad, watermelon, and warm brownies for dessert.  We may do that a few more times this summer!  Thanks for coming over Horsleys!

And I think I'll wrap this post up with a few silly selfies with my little man (because we're weird like that).  Levi is my sunshine.     

Hope your weekend was just as fun!


  1. With 1pm church we always would wake our boys up early on Sunday and force them to take a nap before hand. It's not great waking up early, but it allows us to keep our sanity the rest of the day.

  2. What a bummer about the church timing. I hate messing with naptime. Never really pleasant for anybody. Sweet about the star gazing though.

  3. Yes, 1:00 church is the pits. We are at 1:00 too- so terrible. Kyle has checked out of church early quite a few times to take Keira home for a nap. Now that she is in nursery it is better, it's just trying to survive sacrament meeting. Sooo looking forward to 9:00 church in January! :) BTW, the star gazing and moving the dining table outside sounds fantastic. So fun.

  4. I love those pictures at the end. Levi is always pulling the best faces! I love your last post about how much of a trouble maker he is. I love having boys but they are definitely a handful!

  5. Bron is a romantic! What a man :) and yes, Sundays are just hard. No matter what time church is it seems.

  6. Going outside star gazing is just the best. I hope your wishes come true! I think we all need time to unwind when naptimes are missed and days start to spiral a little out of control :) Bron's smart; he knows the saying, "Happy Wife, Happy Life."


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