A sweet photo of my boys at the end of the school year. Love this so much. I thought about setting up the timer and getting Andy and I both in this photo too, but knew that it would totally change the dynamics of it… the silliness of it. This is exactly who they are… laughing, loving each other (most of the time) and giggling… and maybe talking about farts… just sayin’. :)
Life has been so busy since about April, new and different things to do, places to go, that I found myself constantly saying, “okay Niki, you can’t get sick… cause you’ve got THIS coming up.” Be that a trip away for a run, for a weekend with family, for a workshop in the states, for whatever… BUT, my little body finally gave in the first week of June. And, I was asking it not to just one more time. On the first day of June - late in the night, I felt that little tingle in my throat. You know the one, the one that says, “You now, are SICK - and will be very sick when you wake up.” And, I was. And, I was worried. Cause I was walking 63.5km just 3 days later. Yes, the Great Walk was the first weekend in June, and I had decided to complete it again. What I didn’t count on was walking to Tahsis with almost no voice. And, you know me… I am a talker. This, was trouble!
We celebrated a birthday in June as Seany-boy turned 7. SEVEN! I was talking with a friend about this not so long ago, and how I used to look at parents of 5, 7, and 9 year old children and think, that is such a different life. And, now that I am one, I realize that it is!! I don’t have a stroller in my van, or a diaper bag. (but I still have bum-wipes - that’s just a staple!) I don’t feed anyone, or carry anyone, or rock anyone to sleep. And, for the longest time, this made me feel sad. I realize now that even though all of these things that were such a huge part of my life are gone, that some really cool things have taken their spot. Like science experiments in the kitchen, monkey hugs, conversations about bugs and moths and why they do what they do, math drills, walks, races up the stairs, bike rides, ice cream dates and late night movie marathons. So many things that we couldn’t do before when the boys were so little. So many things that we can do NOW! Road trips with no burpy bucket (well, it’s still there, just nobody uses it anymore), building forts with sticks, little back rubs from little boys when you get a hug, and lots and lots of great, creative ideas of things to do. I love being a Mom of 5, 7 and 9 year old boys!
June was busy - as it always is. We started swimming lessons again this month and spent time every weekday in June at the pool. The boys are getting to be such great little swimmers! We went ‘fishing’ on Father’s Day again this year, but didn’t catch anything. We didn’t really ‘fish’ actually, so that’s probably why. Well, if you count throwing out a washer (as a hook) out of the back of the truck. Man, that’s Fishing! I love how creative the boys are. They loved throwing their ‘hook’ out of the back of the truck… practicing their ‘cast-es,’ challenging each other to ‘cast it farther!’
Lots of awards days, graduation days, celebration days and Grading Day! Andy was home most of the last week of school, so he was here to take part in the fun! June is always so much fun. A time for lots of changes, a bit of sadness at saying good-bye, but excitement for what is to come. Our summer will be busy, and we’re really looking forward to all that is to come for the Flynn crew!