One of the things I love about where I live is the close proximity to the beach. Growing up in NJ the “shore” was a good 2 hour drive away. Here on Long Island, in 15 minutes I can be on the most beautiful beaches and that’s why summer is particularly wonderful.
But despite that, the kids have been begging for years to go fishing and for whatever reason we’ve never really made it to this awesome fishing deal. Last week was different. We went and it was a total blast.
For $20.00 at a beach restaurant by us, each child gets 2 hours of fishing, dinner, a t-shirt and a prize (happened to be a hula hoop). It was a stunning, warm night and it was just perfect to fish. (or to watch the hubs help the kids while I drank sangria and ate a lobster roll!)
They didn’t catch anything unfortunately but fun was had by all.
I just love this time of year. Bring on the heat!!!!!
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?
The holidays swallowed me up these past few weeks, but it’s been nice. One of the gifts I received was a Kindle to replace my broken one. It’s just a basic Kindle because I find my iPad is heavy to read with and as some of you probably know, you cannot read in sunlight with an iPad; I’m already daydreaming about summer!
I’ve always been an avid reader but having kids has at times derailed me from that love. However, this past couple of weeks, when it’s been quiet, instead of being on HERE…i.e…Facebook, WordPress, Instagram or other time sucks…I’ve been reading and it has been really great. I finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and I am well into Still Alice by Lisa Genova. I’ve mentioned that I’m a library lover so I rarely even buy books. I love that you can loan books on the Kindle.
It’s been great to be really reading again and that’s what I’ve decided I want to do more of in 2015. I have a couple of other intentions for myself but I’m going to keep them private. :)
Are you reading anything right now? Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions?
If I go quiet again on here you’ll know where to find me….in my Kindle :)
I love summer and right about now is when I start to plummet into depression as the days getting shorter and I’m cognizant of the fact that it is 7:35 and starting to get dark.
Don’t get me wrong…the kids have been driving me crazy….biting each other, punching each other, whining….I know you know what I’m talking about. And they were not happy to be dragged along today when I had to go to the store (because summertime also means I perpetually have no groceries because I rarely get to the store!).
However, I had a moment when I was checking out and they were all happily comparing their sour spray flavors……….not only will I miss summer in September, but, as crazy as they make me, I am going to miss these guys…….terribly!!!
I’m wondering if I’m the only mom right now who is feeling this way. Fall is going to be so busy. I could use one more month of summer :)
Why? Because it is in my favorite season….summer! The only bummer is that once it hits, you blink and summer is over. We spent ours celebrating last Saturday night at my husband’s golf club.
There were rides and games for the kids and psychics and caricaturists and tatoo artists too. The highlight of the evening for me is when we all sat for a family caricature! A lady nearby remarked that we all looked “so cute” and I asked if she wouldn’t mind snapping a photo…my fave!
And my hubs who cracks me up everyday thinks he looks better as a caricature than in real life :)
Then before we knew the fireworks started…they were stupendous and wonderful!
Oh summer hang on, we’re having too much fun!!! How was your 4th?!
Another thing I love about summertime is the sometimes influx of family parties. My husband is one of seven so there’s usually some event happening beginning around May…a graduation, wedding, a baby shower, wedding shower…etc. And when the gathering happens, it’s never small!
Last Saturday night my sister-in-law got married and we had such a fun time celebrating with her. Because the family is so large (21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren on the way!), when the majority is together the opportunity is grabbed to snap some photos!
I snuck this shot in of most of the grand and great-grandchildren with their grandparents (some couldn’t make the wedding) while the photographer was setting up):
Before kids you could never find me on the dance floor but my girls had me up there all night…
Their fun and delight was contagious. I didn’t care how uncoordinated I looked. :) And I wasn’t the only one who got worn out by the end of the night!
But the best part was that we got a great family photo before we even raced off to the wedding!
I cherish these days. :)
(Sorry I neglected to snap a photo of the bride and groom!)
Today is the last day of school and all of us coincidentally are in blue, similarly to the first day. It’s hard for me to believe they will all be together in the ‘big school’ next year…my babies!
For the past couple of half days I’ve been racing around, running to Target, stocking up as if I were hurricane prepping. My last hour this morning will be a continuation of the stockpiling because we all know what it’s like shopping with kids!
Good thing it’s my favorite season!
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 :(
Every summer for the past few we have been delighting the kids with the promise of an Adventureland visit at least once during the warm months. The love it so much and I know my husband gets a little thrill taking his children to a park that he used to go to as a child. It’s been pretty wild watching them grow literally on the rides each summer….starting out as little peanuts who barely made the height requirements for anything fun.
We did have a very scary incident on a ride one year and I am absolutely thrilled that definite changes have been made on that ride, I’m pretty sure, because of the concerns I raised. I feel very pleased about that and how everything was handled.
This summer’s visit was no different in that there was total enjoyment. What was different is that the little guys are now big guys meeting many of the height requirements enabling them to go on the some of the bigger rides without an adult chaperone…very exciting!
I love it when the twins seemingly bond with one another, and since the little one was too little to ride on the big rides without a parent they did seem to be together a lot and I was LOVING it!
Luckily the little one wasn’t too daunted as she had some good times with her dad.
No way was mom gonna walk around with soggy underpants all afternoon!!!
After 4 hours at the park we spent the next 5 hours at a BBQ. I love summer!!!!!!!
And I love big bro walking his sister out of the park…!
Is going to an amusement park part of your summer ritual?
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. :)