It’s Saturday.  Our boys were all awake by 7 a.m. which means I only got to sleep in 2 hours later than I usually get to during the week; sometimes I wish it were longer, like on days like today, but I just have to remind myself I’m lucky I get any sleep at all because my kids could keep me up all night and then I would get NONE!  It would be a lie if I didn’t tell you I REALLY miss the days ALL of my boys would sleep in until 9 or 10a.m…   Moving along… I better not spend too much time on here updating our blog today- the boys have been begging me to take them to the skateboard park so that’s where we’ll be heading this afternoon, followed by a trip down to Provo/Orem to see the art at the Art Chalk Festival in the Riverbottoms, then on to grandma’s house, where Spencer’s going to help our two oldest build their own pine wood derby cars (Noah and Ian are SUPER EXCITED to build them and we figured practice can’t hurt— by the time they’re both actually in cub scouts, they’ll be pros at building pine wood derby cars!  Matter of fact, by the time all 5 of our boys advance from cub scouts into scouts, Spencer and I should both be pros building derby cars, because we’ll have had to build 15!!!  We’ll probably have to build a bookcase, just to have somewhere to put all of our boys cars!!!).  While Spencer’s helping our boys build their cars in his dad’s wood workshop, I’ll be busy canning peaches with Linda, my mother in law.  I’ve never canned before (I’ve only ever made freezer jam), so I can’t say whether I’m actually excited about doing it or not. We’ll see…  anyhow, as for this post, I thought I’d just mention that while our boys have just finished up their 5TH week of school (yes 5 weeks have already come and gone!!! cRaZy!!!) and we just celebrated Noah’s 7TH birthday this past week, I’m officially over my writers block and I’ll be working FEVERISHLY to update this blog. Truth is, I haven’t just been neglecting this blog due to writers block- I’ve also been SUPER busy- but who wants to hear that, I say it all the time; while it’s true of course, I’ve come to the realization recently that life with 5 boys, no matter HOW OLD they are, will ALWAYS keep me busy… I’ll just have to figure out how to survive off of less sleep so I can have more hours during the day to work, or perhaps I’ll figure out how to create a 25TH hour in the day… chances are, I’ll most likely have to “make do” with less sleep; however the idea of somehow being able to create more hours during the day is fetching… I wake up at 5 a.m. every weekday. I’d compare my mornings equivalent to running a marathon- I’m always in a hurry, the clock is my nemesis and I’m “on the run” right up until nap time- which is at 3p.m.- I have about 2 hours while our boys nap, to catch my breath, decompress, make phone calls, do business or take care of anything that can’t be done with 5 little ones hanging off my hips… then occasionally, once every blue moon, I’ll get to slip a nap in- maybe 20 minutes at the most- but glory be, those cat naps are exactly what I need after a long day on the run! You better believe, once 5 o’clock roles around and our boys are in the process of waking up from naps, I’m at the starting line again, ready to sprint until the evening ends— of course I still have obstacles to hurdle over not making it easy to get to the end of the day: dinner, homework, quarreling kids, scripture study/prayer and getting ready for bed- somehow our boys always make it take twice as long as it should take even though they SHOULD know the routine by now since we’ve been doing it all.of.their.lives!… The race doesn’t end till I crawl into bed, by at which point I always think to myself, “Gee, I ought to get up and run a little on the treadmill” (it’s propped in the corner of our bedroom- not far from sight) but then I tell myself a little white lie that I’ll do it the next day…  of course,  I never do. Who wants to actually “work out” for REAL after I’ve run a cRaZy marathon all day?! Unfortunately I NEED to.  My waistline doesn’t lie and neither does the scale; I’ve been holding onto some baby pounds for almost the past year and a half; somehow my marathon routine during the day just isn’t enough to shed them… I need MORE!!!   The problem is trying to figure out WHEN I’ll get to squeeze exercise into my daily routine?!  I cringe at the thought of waking up an hour earlier every day- no one in their right mind should be awake at 4a.m.- not even the boogie man! Anyhow, back off my tangent… It’s bad enough that I’m 3 days late writing about Noah’s birthday, or 5 weeks late writing about our boys first day of school, but then it’s occurred me:  I’m a month and a half late writing about Bentley’s 3RD birthday (yes, he’s 3 already!!!) and remember the vacation we took at the beginning of August to Bear Lake with my family for a family reunion or the weekend trip we took up to Idaho for another family reunion in August??? Yeah- you probably don’t, only because I never wrote about it…  but don’t you worry… I have a gazillion pictures I’ve taken from all of these events and I fully intend to share them (they’re too good not to share)… hopefully asap, because Halloween is right around the corner, followed by Thanksgiving, Spencer’s birthday and then Christmas (EEK!!!!  How is Christmas nearly here again, already?!)… the next few months look BUSY and I can only imagine, I’ll have a lot to share from them too.  Stay tuned!

The following picture doesn’t really have anything to do pertaining to this post, but I thought it was beautiful and thought I’d share it…  the 2ND week of school or so, we were all out back as a family, in the evening- just before bedtime, playing on the trampoline… we looked up in the sky and saw this…

What you may not be able to see here is that it was a double rainbow, with perhaps the most vibrant colors I’ve ever seen on any rainbow!  It took our breath away and was really quite a site to behold… for a few minutes there, life slowed down and we were really able to appreciate all the beauty of the earth… clouds, bright blue sky, sun peeking through, the gentle breeze and this beautiful rainbow.  God is good.  It felt as though this was his gentle reminder to me that every once in a while, marathon or not, whether the clock is ticking or not, I need to slow down my pace in life and enjoy it…  as long as we all finish, no matter our time, we’re all winners.