Tuesday, August 17, 2010
94 Days of Summer
I realize it was only 94 days, but believe me, there were definitely times when it felt more like 500. And so it ends … yesterday was the last day before backpacks, crayons, markers and lunch money. I played hooky for a while. I needed to spend time with my kids before we get caught up in everything that fall brings.
I worked all summer … and worked, and worked and worked. I've got so much to share and show, but I'm sharing a bit about my kiddos instead. I have no idea how long this post will be, so before I forget, don't forget to check out my giveaway over at Inspire Me Baby. Everyone loves free stuff, right? Just make sure to come back because it gets really interesting. :)
So, as we were heading to the zoo, we talked about what they got to do this summer. Granted, not all of this was with their parents. Sometimes grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends were involved. It truly takes a village! My heart was full as I listened to the chatter coming from the back seat. I loved that Lucy put her two cents … she was part of it after all. The laundry list includes: a 16-hour car ride both ways and a week at Disney, Tower of Terror, the Haunted Mansion, watching fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, throwing up at Magic Kingdom, going to baby Simon's house and to his Baptism, a weekend at the Lake, getting carsick on the way home, Toy Story 3D, growing our own tomatoes and peppers, first summer with a dog, Despicable Me … just Lucy and her dad … it still causes Sam to cry. A 20-mile tube ride behind Grandpa Mustache's boat, a week at VBS, three nights camping at the cabin, making s'mores and watching Fourth of July fireworks with cousins.
A late night showing of Eclipse. Jack's crazy ride on the flat tube and the fact that his hair has magically stopped defying gravity after 8 years. Six Flags and the water park with more cousins and riding on major roller coasters until dark. A family reunion with lots of people we didn't know. Hosting three birthday parties with friends and family at the lake and three kids turning another year older. Getting Little People, Big Planet … yes, my kids play video games too … one who can officially water ski, lots of fighting and art projects. A babysitting safety class and first time babysitting for someone who wasn't related. Friends coming over to play and spending the night. A few golf outings with the grandparents, quick trips to the lake to swim instead of eating lunch.
So whew! We packed A LOT into this summer. Did we slack? Let's say fall sounds like an excellent time to tackle a very dirty house, a mountain of laundry and sleep wasn't a priority. However, I can't say I felt more blessed than I did yesterday when I was riding the zoo train with my kids and sweet nieces, when we finally gave up and ate our picnic lunch in the back of the van instead of walking to the park, when I was so tired I dropped my only vice (Diet Pepsi) and we made a pact to stop on the way home and get milk shakes and frozen Cokes bigger than our heads. It's the little things that make a difference. The little things that make my kids smile and remember this summer. Sam started kindergarten this morning. I blinked and it just happened. Madison is in 7th grade and almost as tall as I am. Jack is a fourth grader and is starting to look much older. The house is quiet … fall … here we come!
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