Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas Is it just me or has this summer been a rough one? All the plans I had for field trips and extra learning have pretty much gone out of the window and I feel like I'm in survival mode just to get everything done each day. It seems like all I'm doing is cleaning up after them, walking them through resolving their disagreements and disciplining their craziness. Last year was the first year they were all in preschool/school so it's been a major adjustment for all of us being home together. I'm trying to figure out how to give myself grace to enjoy the summer and when realized the other day that summer is quickly coming to a close we headed to the splash pad for the first time this summer!
I'll be headed to Europe next week for our 10 year anniversary so I'm planning lots of fun activities for them while we're gone and when we come back it'll be time to get them all back in school! I would love any recommendations for fun kids crafts they can do with their Emme.
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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas we have friends in town and one of them commented that she had more animals than the zoo...she quickly ran down stairs and made a new sign for her door all by herself!

I've been thinking a lot about encouraging imaginative play in our house, we limit screen time to an hour a day but I read a few articles this week about media and children and it's concerning how much we allow electronics to be a daily part of our kids (and our) lives...I wonder what kind of adults it will create...here's one of my favorite quotes from the article:
“If kids are allowed to play ‘Candy Crush’ on the way to school, the car ride will be quiet, but that’s not what kids need, they need time to daydream, deal with anxieties, process their thoughts and share them with parents, who can provide reassurance.” - Dr. Steiner-Adai
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  •   thelucasdaily We went media free a year ago for the kids (and severely reduced ours) and we have zero regrets. It was a tough initial adjustment but the benefits in behavior/creativity are worth it 2w
  •   3snowflakes I love the idea but find I struggle the most! Too many outside factors make media free an impossibility in our family. School, grandmas, aunts, etc. id love any advice! 2w
  •   jodygray Love that quote 2w
  •   _mckenzie_lee Love this! You're such an awesome example to me on what kind of mom I'd like to be someday. 2w
  •   englexas @nataliemolock I love that! We definitely let them get bored around here 6d
  •   englexas @thelucasdaily I love that! It most definitely allows them to be more creative! 6d
  •   englexas @3snowflakes we aren't all the way media free but we limit them to 1 hour a day and usually use it as a reward. If their room and playroom is clean then they get to watch a show for 30 minutes, pretty often they forget their cleaning and end up playing in their room. It's definitely hard with family members but they know when they're at our house the focus is not on screens. 6d
  •   englexas @_mckenzie_lee you're so sweet! Love you! 6d

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englexas yesterday we spent the day with no cell service climbing, exploring and working on something really exciting...all will be revealed next month! 2w

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas soaking up the last few moments with their grandparents before they go back to England...each time they visit it gets harder to say goodbye! 2w

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Lark Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas away shooting a wedding this weekend...missing my kids so much but hanging out with my niece (and the rest of the family ) made it a little easier! 2w

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Mayfair Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas the view at #willistower never disappoints! Having so much fun showing off our city to the grandparents! 3w

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas we are loving the warm summer evenings spending time at the park and watching daddy show off his basketball skills...trying not to think about the fact that this will be covered in snow in 6 months! 3w

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Juno Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas I've been avoiding cutting his hair for a long time...at this age his older brothers hair started to grow in brown and I wasn't ready for the blonde to go yet! I was so relieved when I started to shave the back of his head and realized that the hair underneath is still blonde! Looks like my blond haired blue-eyed boy will be sticking around for a while 4w

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas this is my first ever #followfriday! Social media can be used for so much harm these days but I love that we have an opportunity to use it for the support and encouragement of one another! These ladies are not only beautiful wives and mothers but they also share their lives in a real and genuine way...life is so much easier when we support one another through our struggles and failings! 4w

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Ludwig Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas evening bike rides + grandparents = heaven! They are loving our time together and I'm loving the help with the kids 4w

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englexas waiting patiently for Grandad and Granny Hillary to arrive from England! Someone commented to another person waiting that they don't remember the last time they saw kids that just stood still and waited patiently...it makes me so proud to hear people making positive remarks about our kiddos and all the hard work is worth it 4w

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas my current view...perfect Sunday afternoon. Our schedule recently has been non stop so we're learning to take full advantage of the quiet moments and not feel guilty about putting a show on for the kids so we can rest for a little while! 1mon

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Lark Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas is anyone else having a rough time adjusting to summer?! I can't figure out if it's because we've had so much rain or if it's because this is the first year they were all in school/preschool...whatever the reason I feel like we're barely scraping by here! 1mon

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Lark Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas first swimming lessons with dad...I didn't grow up around water and am not a strong swimmer so I'm determined for my kids to be water babies just like their daddy was. little man is definitely the most nervous and even hates water touching his face so we're taking it slow with him but it was awesome to see him WANT to get in the water with dad today! 1mon
  •   jodygray So good! I'm going to tag you in a post a friend of mine put up. Her 22 month old took survival swimming! Amazing... Can save their life! 1mon
  •   jason_ball Cool Image! 1mon

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas this morning she asked me if I had an outfit to match the one that she picked out...I have no shame in matching her at all, I'll take it while I can get it! She obviously rocks it way better than I do with her little model pose...she's so beautiful! 1mon

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englexas our summer has been pretty much rained out so far so I'm LOVING hearing the squeals of joy coming from the backyard! 1mon

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2mon englexas
Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas I hate hospitals but I am sure happy they exist...we are day 7 post-op on his tonsillectomy and he threw up blood everywhere this afternoon, it looked like a scene out of a horror movie and scared the crap outta me. They checked him out at the ER and said there was no active bleeding in his tonsils and his vitals are fine so he's in the clear, we just have to watch him closely over the next few days for any signs of more bleeding. Here's to hoping for a good nights sleep for all of us...thanks for all your prayers! 2mon

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englexas he went down for his nap in jeans and a t-shirt and woke up with this serious face in his onesie from christmas that is already too short...this kid seriously cracks me up all the time! 2mon

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englexas today was my first day shopping with three again and we survived! we only had one unhappy camper but he gets a free pass because he's only 4 days post surgery, I hated to bring him out but sometimes you just gotta make it work! 2mon

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas thank you for all your prayers! We are home and surgery went well although he was pretty groggy for a while, getting him to take his pain meds while still cranky from his anesthesia was quite the task! Now that it's worn off he is much more relaxed and just asked for some soup so I'm hoping the worst is over! I'm sure ice packs and applesauce will be a staple the next couple of days! 2mon

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