After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

24 Hours

We thought we'd go 2 weeks without seeing Zac.  He worked Monday - Saturday, for a 70+ hour week.  Needless to say, we were beyond surprised when his big work truck came up Grammy's driveway Saturday evening!!!  He had worked until 1pm, then drove 4 hours home, just to be with us for 24 hours.  It was a short visit, but oh, it was full of so much joy.  It was perfect.  Here's some pics from our 24 hours with him.  There's a lot, but I decided to include them all just so I can remember all the happy hours.

On the back of Zac's truck was a surprise for the kids from Grammy and Daddy.
A trampoline!!!!!
While the trampoline was being assembled, these two thought the box it came in was great fun!

This little, but VERY capable one, ditched the box play, and helped assemble the whole base of the trampoline.  He totally got the concept and followed Zac's instructions very well.  It was cute to watch.

The kids seemed to have fun with each stage of assembly.

And FINALLY, they could jump!
They jumped while Zac and their uncle set up the trampoline cage around them.
They jumped well past dark.
Then they crashed.

 Sunday morning, I was instructed to sleep in.  And while I slept, more jumping ensued.
After lunch the kids, hot from jumping, decided to go for their first swim of the season in Grammy's pool.  It was 85 degrees!

 The sun was so warm and even I couldn't avoid soaking some up and exposing my 16 week belly to its rays.

After the pool, Zac put the sprinkler under the trampoline, and the kids went back for more jumping.  This time, WET jumping, and still in their swim suits (and apparently a vest).  :)

 And what did the adults do during these hours upon hours of jumping?  We reclined in lawn chairs, talked, ate, monitored the jumpers, and laughed a lot.  It was wonderful!  I also remembered I'd made these 3 pairs of froggy Summer PJ shorts and had them finished except casings and elastic.  So while the kids jumped, I quickly added casings, and then sat outside and thread elastic through the waists.  Fresh from their showers and baths, their froggy PJs were worn.  Very appropriate for a day full of trampoline jumping, I thought.

Logan got off the trampoline once to show Zac how loose his tooth was.  Then, just like that, he grabbed a napkin, and pulled it out himself!  He was so excited, he dropped the tooth and threw his hands up.  :)  This is his first lost tooth!  Zac was thrilled to have been here for it.

And so, I ran inside and sewed this up as fast as I could!  Yes, I procrastinated and never got around to it weeks ago.  I sat outside chit chatting with the adults while I stuffed and stitched it closed.  There's a tooth pocket for the tooth on the front, and a money pocket on the back.  Simple, but it works.  And Logan was very excited!

I'd also had these two sitting around needing nothing but elastic thread through the casing.  So, I also got them done while I sat watching the kids jump, and soaking up time with Zac.  The top is another pair of Summer PJ shorts for Kian, and the bottom is a pair of Big Butt Baby Pants for baby!  We won't find out the gender of baby so I plan to sew a few girl pairs, and a few boy pairs.  This is pair number one and its SO tiny!

I loved just sitting with my husband and family, and watching the kids jump and swim all day.  It was perfect.
The parting, however, was horrible.  The kids and I are just really done with this set up.  Its been a year now and we are just weary of it.  So is Zac of course!  Parting from Zac has become very emotional for us all.  I don't think anyone parted with a dry eye at bedtime, and after Zac drove away, Grammy helped me snuggle the kids for a good long time, until they fell asleep.  Thank goodness Kian fell asleep in Zac's arms during bedtime songs.  That helped, though I'm sure he'll be very upset when he wakes in the morning.  Poor Logan struggles the most and had a very hard night.  Seeing my kids so upset makes it 1000 times harder for me.  So, I'm glad we have these 24 hours worth of pictures to look back on.  They were very sweet hours.


  1. I love this post! I love your family. Kian looks just like you in so many of these photos, and you amazing! Love and miss you

  2. So glad you got to see your hubby! I can't imagine how exhausted you must be being a solo-mama while pregnant. And so motivated too! tooth pillow, pants, and even swimsuits?!?