July 26, 2012

"We're not Perfect, We're Parents"

I think it is Nickelodeon that says something along the lines of....."we're not perfect, we're parents"!  No other quote could be more true.  As I sit and look back on the antics of my crew this summer I realize how perfectly imperfect we are!  TRUTH - I LOVE IT!  In between the regularly scheduled family disagreements, scuffles, temper fits and meltdowns here are some of the MILESTONES of LIFE what we have been up to!

1). The start of the season.....The Triplets Campfire Cookout Birthday Party!  Scales and Tales joined us for a one of a kind birthday celebration.  We had a tent full of balls, a station to make your own trail mix, a station to make a pine cone bird feeder and some really cool Naturalists from Tuckahoe State Park brought some even cooler owls!  (See, I really added an educational piece, but the kiddos don't realize that just yet..hehehe!)

The party was a blast and everyone had fun and learned a little something about our local wildlife as well!  The best part.....my boys agreed to ask their friends (and with 3 kiddos in 2 classes with a big extended family as well that is a ton of friends) to bring a donation to the Queen Anne County Animal Shelter instead of gifts.  They were able to take a 50 gallon crate full of pet supplies to the shelter, what a great way to give back!!

Our family is very generous, so they did not go without plenty of presents each and thanks to the generosity of everyone, all three got a new 20" bike and helmet with gift cards they received!!

2)  The end of school brought with it some remarkable report cards.....Helena ROCKED straight A's for the first time!!!  Parker is reading his sight words and doing his math just like the 1st grader he is going to be!!  Preston worked really hard on his reading and math skills so he can show them off in 1st grade!!  Peyton is reading like a champ and doing his "silent math" ready to move on!!! 

We could not be more proud of them.....each one faced their own challenges and worked so hard this past year, who could ask for more!

3)  Up next was Helena's Birthday Party at Tuckahoe State Park - The Challenge Course!  I mean really, what little girls doesn't want to go rock wall climbing and zip lining for her birthday!!  We (and I mean all of the adults and kids) at the party could not have been more proud of everyone that participated in the challenge!  What a boost to your self esteem when you are 8 to 12 years old and meet the challenge of climbing a 40' rock wall or tube net and then zip lining down to meet up with your parents, family and friends....super cool!  Oh and then going on to the 50' rope swing....amazing!

.........up next........4H Camp, camping on Assateague, boogie boarding on the beach and the Combine Crash Up Derby!

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