I know we will look back on this summer and describe it as, “the summer Dad/Grandpa had cancer”. Whenever we look at pictures or question why we didn’t do a usual summer event or tradition the explanation will be, “oh right, that’s the summer Dad/Grandpa had cancer”.
We’re more than halfway through summer vacation (WHAT?!).
Our summer has been moving somewhere between the speed of a snail and a sloth. We intentionally set out to slow things down to a more relaxed and casual pace of life. This girl is loving every easy moment of it. For the past few summers, it has been best for us to have a
I want to start filling up the calendar but with fun things and try to leave the “have to do’s” until the dog days of summer.
In fact, I find that most Mondays I return to work more exhausted than when I left on Friday. Sure, part of it is that we are trying to cram too much fun into each weekend, but another part of it is simply that “relaxing” activities of my carefree, childless days now require significantly more energy and work in order to be successful (or survive).
Although there are moments that screen time feels like a struggle, I’ll be the first to admit it: why yes, sometimes I like it when the kids sit down and chill.
I made a list of traditional day/weekend activities that I enjoyed as a kid for us to do this summer, but after all the money that I spent to send my kids to camp plus our summer vacation, I had to find ways to make those activities as affordable as possible. This is my list.
I’m pretty sure my summer bucket list somehow qualifies as the anti-summer bucket list.
We had no idea when we transitioned to the new daycare that not only would we find all of that but that we would find an extension of our family in the teachers and directors of the early learning center.
As I think about the things we have not done yet this summer or things we have started but not finished (like redoing the girls’ bedrooms or figuring out what to do with the crocked path on the side of our house)… the end of summer blues set in, and I realize I have two weeks to left to finish my summer bucket list. Not happening.