I love where I am these days.
Yes the kids are driving me nuts. And yes my house is a mess. But summer is serenity for me.
We are at the beach or the pool everyday and I don’t want it any. other. way!
Life is so rigorous for the kids all year that my plan has been to have few plans this summer….lots of unstructured play with a few little camp days here and there.
How’s your summer been so far?
Today we had such a great day celebrating dad…
and one Grandpa (the other is out of state) who we surprise visited this morning.
yes my daughter has fake doodee on her knee…….!!!!
But the weekend was so happy because our fabulous town pool opened, and this for me is a glorious time because it tells me summer is coming! The kids raced in on Saturday and were the very first in this entire town to utilize the water slides. Let that be known people!
And on Friday night we did a quick spontaneous trip to the beach for dinner which was so cool. We were the only people there because the day had been a little weather iffy. The kids were so thrilled to get their ocean fix. It was something a little different.
We had a great meal tonight for Father’s Day where all my kids decided they hated lobster……WHAT?! How can that be?! It’s been my favorite food in the world since the age of 4! My parents are native Bostonians where “Lobstah” is loved by all! But then I remembered as a child my dad never got to eat his lobster as he spent his time cracking mine………..maybe sticking to burgers and steak isn’t such a bad thing after all. :)
Happy Father’s Day!
Yesterday we returned home from our trip to Boca Raton. We’ve been fortunate to be going there almost annually the past several years around spring break to visit with my in-laws and catch some great sun. This is their backyard…I mean can you just die?!
And the beach is usually empty just like that…….we typically have the ocean all to ourselves, just like we like it :)
When we weren’t at the beach we were in the pool…….or I should really say, the kids and their dad were in the pool, while I lounged and occasionally sat up and took photos!
The only problem is that I don’t take enough photos!!! :)
We did a few other fun things which I will detail in another post.
Today is about unpacking…the unfun part about vacations!
I’ve been trying to squeeze in lots of pool and beach trips in the last week of summer. They’ve been great.
kids and their cousins enjoying the beach
eating our 1000th ice cream at the pool
But I always feel an overwhelming sense of melancholy as they days get darker early…confirmation that summer is over.
The kids have driven me a bit batty this summer but truth be told I have loved spending the time with them and I will miss them terribly on Tuesday morning. Good thing I will have my Starbucks girls to keep me company.
Meanwhile, while many are out partying tonight, this is what we were doing…
food shopping…this is how we roll…
Enjoy the last day of the last summer weekend :(
We got some new school backpacks yesterday so school is officially around the corner. On July 4th, as I sat at the pool with my husband, he said, “that’s it summer is going to fly from here.” He’s right! I blinked and it’s a month later!
We continue to have fun swimming everyday at our pool or the beach and I am just amazed at how fearless the kids are in the water.
We’ve also been exploring all the parks in the area. I get wistful how they’ve mastered the monkey bars when I remember how I used to run from one teetering toddler to the next at different edges of the park.
They participated in a soccer clinic the other night for 2 hours which, no big shock here, was tons of fun for them. It was a nice mini break for me and since my husband got home from work a tiny bit early we were able to run off and grab a quick bite to eat.
We are headed to the beach again today which makes me very happy. How is your summer going? I was speaking with someone last night who told me she couldn’t wait for it to end and I could barely process what she was saying…I could live summer all year-long. :)
Okay I know I tend to be a bit of a complainer at times, but though here in New York we are currently in the midst of a heat wave, you won’t hear me whining. Instead, I say bring it! I will literally take this 100 degree weather any day over horrible blizzardy, cold weather. I love it!
Today we spent 5 HOURS at our town pool. I can’t even believe we were in 100 degree weather for that long and generally happy! When we got home the kids got their well deserved 5th ice product of the day…what’s better than Italian Ices for hydration?!
My little fair-haired beauties were getting so fried on their faces no matter how much sunblock I applied. I’m delighted I found one that really seems to do the trick, because they aren’t happy about wearing hats. Now I feel much better about our beach days, which are as fabulous as always!
What about you? Would you rather be in excessive heat or a raging blizzard?!
I’ve got lots more beach left in me this summer!
I enrolled all 3 of my children in soccer camp this week Mon Tues Wed and Thurs. They all enjoy soccer and the camp meets adjacent to our town pool where they are brought to cool off midday. They were all pretty agreeable and I’ve been looking forward to a little bit of time to myself without the kids in tow, fighting!
However, now that the day is here, I’m having hard a hard time dealing with their absence! Most of you probably think I’m pathetic. My friend just dropped her son, the same age as my son, at sleep away camp and she’s managing just fine. I, on the other hand, felt so guilt ridden, depositing my 3 fair-haired monkeys on a blazing hot soccer field this morning knowing they would be there for the next several hours. When I called my husband right after drop off he said “were they ONLY children on the field?!” I know he was trying to help.
I was happy to see them placed together at drop off!
All day I’ve been thinking…are they drinking enough? have they reapplied sunblock? are they happy?…instead of enjoying my “freedom”. I did go kickboxing and get some shopping done. But in all honesty I cannot wait to get them and I am hoping and praying they tell me they had a fabulous day.
Admittedly I tend to run more on the anxious side of life. How about you? Do you worry when your kids are in new situations or do you tend to look at things more positively?
The twins had their last day of first grade today. School met for one hour, yes one hour only!
After school we had some friends over and the kids had a big trampoline water fight.
Then we went to our town pool for a couple of hours before we got rained out.
And I wonder why I’m tired all the time :)
(Can’t believe my babies are second graders now!!!!)
We’ve got another virus between the kids which totally sucks! I don’t remember any summer that we’ve dealt with so many illnesses!
It’s a beautiful sunny day though and the healthy kid and a half want to be out. So we went to my sister in law’s pool.
Instead of being in the pool, however, they’re hanging in the hot tub! I can relate to that :)
Do you think kids should be contained to the house when they’re sick?
This is what the summer’s been looking like so far…pool, pool and more pools! (With illness and trauma mixed in…)
You would think I’d be living it up a little, right!? Wrong! I’m so tired! (And that’s why you haven’t been hearing from me.) But these kids, I tell you, are loving their lives of leisure.
The twins had 2 weeks of half day camp. Tomorrow is the end.
Oh good camp is ending.
They said in unison.
Finally we can get a break.
Can you even imagine these little guys are lamenting about the strain of attending camp for 10 days (which they APPEAR to love!)? And then in the next breath is the daily
beg request for ice cream.
Oh and incidentally my son got up the nerve to go down the water slide at our town pool. He ended up losing his balance and coming down headfirst and backwards. And this, of course, was my fault.
But even though we’re in a heat wave (and thus frequenting some sort of pool everyday) you won’t ever hear me complain about the steamy weather. I still love summer, dammit!
Who else is dead tired?
(I know my friend is…she just texted me to say “I’m so tired I’ve been taking advantage of the Starbucks treat receipt!” :) )