A List Maker's Life: July 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Staying Cool

While I was out of town last weekend Kevin showed me up - big time! - by taking all four kids to the beach by himself.  It is something I often consider, but always talk myself out of after thinking through the logistics of carrying all of our gear and 2 toddlers down the stairs and through the sand all the way to the water's edge.  Kevin, on the other hand, made it happen!  They all had a great time Yet, after recognizing the great effort it is to beach it with only one set of adult eyes, he was more than excited to come up with another way for us to stay cool during the hot summer afternoons.  

Welcome Kid Wash!

After browsing several similar ideas on Pinterest, Kevin created his own version using sprinkler head pieces he is familiar with from work.  While he figured out the PVC configuration the kids and I browsed the dollar store for noodle and sponge accessories. 

Everyone is having fun with the Kid Wash.  They've spent hours in it already.  In fact, today we put the Slip N' Slide under it to make it even more speedy.   

But...just to be sure we take full advantage of our great summer weather we'll probably still hit the beach tonight when we have 4 eyes and arms to keep on the kids {smiles}.

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Not Alone

This past weekend I attended the  Spina Bifida Organization's National Conference. There is much I could {and may eventually} write about this amazing opportunity for learning, collaborating, discovering, and discussing.  The weekend wasn't without moments of over thinking and overload. Without a doubt the highlights of the experience were sharing, caring, crying, giggling, observing spirit, cheering determination - oh, my overflowing heart. I am beyond thankful for the time I was able to spend with the dear mamas {both near and far} who travel this journey with us every day.

when I am down and need to cry till morning
I know just where I am going
when I'm in need of sweet commiseration
to speak out loud

raise a glass to friendship and to knowing
you don't have to go alone

we'll raise our hearts to share each others burdens
on this road

with every burden I have carried 
with every joy it's understood

life with you is half as hard
and twice as good

with my good news your dancing on the table
babies born to celebration

the joy of life oh what a sweet communion
shared with you

I know {our boys} are growing older
can you imagine what that will bring
it's all a mystery to me now

but this one thing
will be half as hard, and twice as good