Summer is here and it should be easy to enjoy the break, but I’m actually finding it hard this year. Maybe it is the heat. Maybe the kids picking, picking, picking on each other- on me…. or maybe it is because we didn’t go visit family this summer. Or because our plans of moving didn’t happen…probably a mixture of it all dolloped with a topping of disappointment.
Last week I caught myself wishing school would start sooner.
I KNOW….CRAZY! Wait, you had that same thought? I’m not the only one?
Shame on you…I mean me. I mean, I only have a few more years left with these kiddos before they head off to whatever the next chapter in their life leads them. I’m not going there because I only have 6 more summers left with my oldest. SIX! 6! That is like almost counting down on one hand.
Okay, I’m not going there ~ but do you see what I mean that this wishing school to start up again has got to stop? The school year is crammed with homework, practices, quick breakfasts, and early bedtimes. Summer is slower mornings, no homework, and well many times just slower days.
So, how can we make this hot, humid, kid-fighting summer blues turned into enJOYable?
Find the joy in the simple, and then stop what you are doing and DO them….
- water fights
- blowing bubbles…in the house
- go to the library to read a book, or read a book at home together
- sipping cold tea at sunset
- watching the World Cup together at odd hours of the day
- baking together – with the fan blowing on you at all times and a large cup of cold tea always full
- hike, bike, anything outside together
- swim or splash
Make memories – ponder these days because honestly they will slip by, sadly some may already have.
So, I raise my cold styrofoam cup of grapefruit tea and salute Summer. May it slow down enough to enjoy the pace, may it bring some memories that will bring a smile to my face this winter, and may I never forget that simple pleasures can be some of the most enjoyable things in life.
Your Turn: What have you done this summer to make it more enjoyable? Please comment below. I love to hear from you and get more ideas.