Miscellaneous Moments and Mom of the Year – well…maybe day

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Vying for Mom of the Year

It was a busy summer, but it passed by quickly….and I held on to some special surprises for the end of summer….. vying for that coveted position of Mom of the Year. It isn’t something I strive for daily….not even in the moments. It’s a position, I don’t think I’ll ever truly hit the grand mark on, but that doesn’t keep me from trying.

So, last week….I surprised my kids by not having any school work scheduled and a few surprises they were unaware of.

Picnic Celebrating First Day with Friends


Many of our friends in public and homeschool began their school year last week. To celebrate, we (homeschool families) met at the park for a little post school lunch, picnic and time of fellowship. It was fun and my children said it was their best Back To School Day Yet! (thought, this wasn’t our first day….we have logged 20 days, I think it would be great to take a week off….because we can!)

Water Slide

Water Park

A few days later, I piled the kids in the car and took them to a local water park. A sweet friend had given us passes and I saved them all summer. Waiting for a day that would not be crowded. Why? Well, I have three very active children and I wanted to ensure we could enjoy our first visit together without long lines and too much anxiety. I pegged it right…and they enjoyed the water slides and having a ton of fun.

Fun at the Water Park


Based on the smiles and the never-ending hugs, I would say it was a pretty wonderful day….

Water Splash


Who doesn’t like jumping up and down with gallons of water being dumped on your head?

Broken Thumbs

Broken Bones

I had one last surprise. When we arrived home, my Dad was there. He had driven to see us and was ready for hugs from his Grand Babies. I am ashamed to say, the weekend was so busy, I failed to take a picture of them with him. But, as you can see by this picture, out adventure did not end at the water park. When we arrived home, the kids were excited and wanted to show Grandpa everything. This one, my oldest…he pushes the bar…and I’ve learned, he is just going to push the limits his entire life. He has very little fear and a very high tolerance for pain. His constant running, jumping, skateboarding, falling, climbing….it’s proof, God created many of us to truly never touch the ground but to remain in mid-flight. So, as he was showing off some new ‘break-dance’ moves…he took the word ‘break’ a little too seriously, jumped backwards and broke his thumbs. (Reason number 5,294,432,114,305 to homeschool….you can learn to work or let Mom write for you when you have broken thumbs)….

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  1. I love it – isn’t it great to surprise the kids with a fun outing 🙂 We do the same thing here with passes, we use them when it won’t be as crowded. I’m looking forward to going back to the Crayola Factory in September, after school starts here 🙂

  2. What fun surprises, Rebecca! Yes, they look as though they thoroughly enjoyed their water park & picnic fun! Great idea to wait until those places are less crowded. We have passes to Carowinds that I’ve been saving all summer. Think we might go this weekend or next. 🙂

  3. Wow! Both thumbs. Ouch!

  4. You were Mom of the Year before all of those wonderful activities.

    I’m so sorry you’re dealing with more broken bones, but l’m glad you homeschool so you can help him through it!

  5. Sad that your Summer travels brought you to FL when we were gone … sometime my dear, sometime xxxx

  6. Love it! It sure doesn’t take much to be mom of the year – last week, on a rainy day, I asked the kids what they wanted to do, and let them pick ALMOST everything for the day. They were SO THRILLED, and it was pretty easy :0)

    • Days like that are awesome. Right now, my oldest really thinks I Mom of hte year….with two broken thumbs, he can not write, we can’t stop school, so he has to tell me what he wants me to write for him!!!