I was just telling someone the other day about how this might have been the best Summer ever as a momma. For the first time ever it seemed easy and not draining. For years Summers have not been my favorite time of the year. In the past Aaron has traveled a lot in the Summers, and I was usually left at home with kids that need so much help to do everything from wiping their butts, to making their dinners, to getting their favorite red Super Hero shirt on for the fifth day in a row. You see this year I have big kids. And I can't say it enough but I LOVE BIG KIDS.

Now for your mamma's out there with the toddlers hanging on your legs with every step, let me just give you a little bit of something to look forward to. In just a few years you will go to a great big pool and your kids will run off to play and you will lay on your back with the sun on your face and you will read a book. Like an actual book. Like more than one sentence at a time. It will happen.

BUT it will be here before you know so you soak up those babies, wiping their butts, and making their bottles because one day they won't need you that much.

This Summer my youngest was seven and let me tell you what a difference there is between a 6 year old and a 7 year old, especially when it's your youngest. The fourth child seems to grow up faster and get bigger sooner than your oldest did. It's weird how that happens, but it just does.

So, we had lots and lots of fun this Summer. We went to new places, old places, and sometimes just laid around and watched movies all day. It was fun, and I want to document it, so this is where I'm gonna do it. This way when my kids look back on their childhood we'll have these blog entries to prove that I was an awesome, fun mom, and it will make up for all the times I blogged about them and their crazy behavior on this blog. See, I'm trying to win their hearts back! Ha!

First Summer adventure: Deep Eddy

Deep Eddy


This is one of our favorite places to swim, and the kids love this pool even though there's no slide, diving board, or other fun pool things that most pools have these days. It's just a wide open space full of freezing cold water that feels so good when it's 138 outside.

We usually pack a lunch to eat right when we get there, and then swim for hours. There are lifeguards and the shallow end is great for little ones. If you are visiting Austin in the Summer months, please make a visit to Deep Eddy. You will love it!

It costs a few bucks to get in, but it's totally worth it and basically you can't swim free anymore these days unless it's in your backyard or a creek.

Jamie Ivey