"The days are long, but the years are short."
It's crazy how fast a month can go by. In the blink of an eye, I've watched my noodles go from little infants to full fledged toddlers. There have been days where nap time couldn't come fast enough (all three cut/are cutting multiple teeth) and there were days where I wanted the clock to slow down so I could get just a few extra giggles and snuggles in before I go back to school.
One thing is for sure; I have absolutely loved this summer. They've got such personalities now and are really becoming their own people. *as a side note, I would challenge those who firmly believe in the nurture side of the nature vs. nurture debate to come check out my trio. They couldn't be more different*. We have stuffed this summer full of many things; a trip to the zoo, shopping in Des Moines, camping multiple times, many visits with family, and play dates on the farm *pictures to come soon*. They've all learned to climb up the steps to the swingset, will all go down the slide unassisted, they clap, do actions to songs, wave hi and bye, and are starting to talk.
There were many days were Brian and I fell into bed, absolutely exhausted, and wondered how we could get up and do it all again the next day. There were days were I thought that if they whined one more time I might lose my mind. But now that I'm looking back on the summer, I don't remember the exhaustion. I don't remember the tears and the whining. I remember the smiles and the funny things they did. I remember watching them play together, making each other giggle so hard that I couldn't help but to join in.
There are still days when I look at them and think "They are mine. I can't believe it." And then I'm hit with enormity of the task of raising them. While I'm lost in the hugeness of this job, Addison grabs a book, walks over and sits down in my lap and Grace follows right behind her and I can't help but think that maybe we are doing something right. (not everything...oh no, we are trying, but we are far from the perfect parents!)
Friends, I promise to visit this space with more regularity now that school is back in session. And know that we are so thankful for each and every one of you, checking in on us to see how we are doing. I promise you, I've been away for good reason :)