So...summer...we've gotten off on the wrong foot. Last week started pretty rough, and the first few days without school came with consecutive days of rain. I'd like to say I made the best of it with crafts and games, but the scene above came about only after I was on the verge of losing my top and my oldest took it upon himself to teach his sisters some card games. I'm not sure he realizes how grateful I was to find them this way (after a morning of loud voices and a few slammed doors), but I must remember to tell him. At one point we discussed a chore chart and some house rules (no slamming doors!), and I think we are getting back on track.
I hope this summer I can capture as much as possible (is once a week too much to ask?) a shot with all the kids in one frame. I can already feel how fleeting this is, how many other things will pull at our family as the kids get older. But I hope we can keep this summer simple....together.