Credits: Everybody Fights Sometime by Connie Prince and Trixie Scraps (North Meets South Studios)
July Templatetopia by Connie Prince and Trixie Scraps (North Meets South Studios)
Black Alphas also from Cats and Dogs and Game On by Connie Prince

Journaling: So, I started to do this page about the “other side of summer”, meaning the stressful side. You know the part of summer when the kids are stir crazy, the house is in a perpetual state of chaos, bedtime is too late, and the whining is louder than the appreciation for all the many adventures you have provided for your kids. Well, as I was thinking of all of these things, I was still struck with such a sense of gratitude it was difficult to stop there. I mean, don’t get me wrong, sometimes my precious children provide me with more than enough frustration to last for weeks, but overall they are my greatest joy. Because of that, it’s really hard to complain.

The lost moments fussing about the fighting. The messy house. The wet floors and dirty clothes littering those floors. The hungry little ones raiding my pantry. The unidentified “goo” on the coffee table. The TV stuck on the Disney channel and the computer used for Minecraft & Nick Jr.

This is my first summer working part-time and I choose to cherish every moment, even if not in the moment. I am grateful for the fun and vacations. But I also love the Other Side of Summer.