I was looking through my blog a few weeks ago and I realized that I was a way better mom before I had three kids.

Truth.

I've heard it from a lot of mommies.  Two is doable, manageable, one-on-one team formations.  Three?  Three throws you over the edge.  I have heard though that if you can get to three and survive, then four, five, six, and so on, are no big deal.  Just throw 'em on the pile!  (Not that I will be testing out that theory.  Rest assured, I will not.  But that's what I've heard.)

Anywho, Elijah has only had one Family Night with us, because my mothering skillz have been less than stellar.  But I have decided to put a stop to that.

Family Nights are back in full effect!

We've had two already and I plan on posting them once-a-week-ish.  (Don't hold me to it, k?)

Here's our first.

I decided that since school was in full swing, we should say goodbye to summer.  I also thought saying goodbye would make the terrible heat go away, and it did work for a few days, but now it's back.  Dreadful, I tell you.

Anyway, the afternoon craft was twofold.  First the boys painted a picture of their favorite part of summer.

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Here's their finished products.

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Caden painted his Cousin Kristyn who spent the night at our house a few times.  Jacob painted himself.

The conversation went like this:

Me: "What did you paint Jacob?"

Jacob:  "Me!"

Me:  "You're your favorite part of summer?"

Jacob:  "Yeah."

Oh, if we could all have such great self-esteem.

It came out later (after some coaxing from Caden) that while it is a picture of Jacob, he is roasting marshmallows at Maw and Pop's house, so he got the concept.  ;)

The second part of the afternoon craft was writing a letter to Summer saying goodbye.  I wrote it (obviously) and then they went on a sight word hunt and found different words that I called out.  They had fun with that.

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Next we started dinner prep.  We decided we had to use the BBQ so it was chicken and veggie kabobs, brown rice, fruit salad, and homemade ice cream for dessert.  (Yum, yum!)

Here are the boys helping me chop the fruit for the fruit salad.

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And here is our spread.  How about a collective, "Mmmmmmmmmm!"

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For our activity we went swimming in the pool (that is slightly green... but nothing as bad as the actual ocean so I don't really feel bad.)

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I found some water balloons to fill up and we had a little water balloon fight.  I seemed to be the target most of the time.

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And here is a picture of the whole family.  Now a collective, "Awwwwwww!"

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After our fun in the sun, we came inside, got ready for bed and had some yummy, yummy cookies n cream chocolate chip ice cream.  I didn't get a picture.  I was too busy licking my bowl.

Now, go out and have your own family night this week!

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