Every moment the kids are not in school this week they have been outside. I love love love this summer weather and don’t want cool weather to come!
Am I the only person who dislikes fall? (to me it’s just a reminder that winter is near…)
I think you can tell I love warm weather, the beach and that summer is my absolute favorite season. On the flip side, I hate when it ends. I am acutely aware of the days getting shorter and I was freezing today in the 70 degree weather!
Even the kids going back to school is a mixed bag for me. It’s always challenging getting through the unstructured summer days with them. And starting tomorrow I will have free time again which I desperately desire. However, I have a lump in my throat thinking about my baby entering kindergarten and my twins entering second grade, and in our community, going to a “big” school (grades 2-5).
We went to Labor Day party at a friend’s home tonight to watch fireworks. On the way over Don Henley’s “The End of the Innocence” came on the radio which added to my emotional mood.
Though I was hesitant to be out at a party on the night before first day of school, I’m glad we did it. The kids had a really great time and watching amazing fireworks seemed like an appropriate end to the summer.
Yesterday the kids had a play date and were pleasantly surprised to learn that they were going to create and work a lemonade stand.
This was thrilling for so many reasons on so many levels but mainly because a lemonade stand is just not doable on our street…where maybe one vehicle rolls down every two hours (don’t get me wrong…we love that!)
It was so adorable how the kids jumped up and down and screamed to try to get customers. As I sat and watched I had one of those “moments” and started to feel a little choked up….how the kids are so innocent and adorable and how time is passing by.
Also though I was struck with the kindness of everyday people. I mean people actually stopped their cars to get out and hand over a dollar for crappy lemonade…and some insisted on giving two dollars. The “buyers” engaged the kids in conversation and gave them a lot of positive reinforcement and kindness. It meant a lot to me and it’s a reminder that there are lots of great people in the world!
It was another memorable summer day and a time we will look back on fondly. My friend wrote about it too and has some cute pictures…check it out!
Have you ever done a lemonade stand with your children?
You know I love summer so Labor Day generally depresses me (as opposed to Independence Day which uplifts me!) because it really symbolizes the end of summer. However, these months have been filled with long, long, long days.
Like this supermarket excursion yesterday which involved multiple, lengthy conversations about farting, intermingled with maniacal laughing and arguing. I actually saw shoppers start to turn down our aisle only to quickly turn out once we were heard and spotted.
And today at Home Depot my husband and I stepped away from the cart for a moment to find two of the kids rolling on the floor in a mad fight. This is how they looked after they were put back in the cart and
So really though I am sad that summer is ending, though I am in denial that my baby twins are entering first grade…Tuesday, the first day of school, can’t come fast enough
How are you feeling about the start of a new school year?
Today the heat wave seemed to break around here.
But last week we had about seven 100 degree days in a row. For 5.50 at Target I purchased the greatest solution to dealing with the high temps…
I never imagined how much fun and entertainment the Slip N Slide would provide! The first night I set it up they played for 3 hours! I actually tried it as well. The kids (rightfully actually) told me I am:
I mean, how many more million times in my life will I hear that from them?
How have you been dealing with the hot temps?
I love summer. I love the sun. So when I state that I’ve been at our town pool for the last 5 days you might think I live a life of leisure.
Because I’ve been at the pool with one five-year old who wants to swim in the “big pool”, one five-year old who wants to be on the water slide, and one four-year old who can’t understand why she just can’t take off those bikini bottoms that won’t stay up!
Well, I did get to go get a manicure when my husband came home from work tonight, and you can see the color I chose! (Okay just want to make sure you are seeing the name of the color: NEED A VACATION)
How are you enjoying summer!?
I love the beach. Have you ever done one of those relaxation exercises where you’re supposed to imagine yourself in a peaceful, happy and relaxing place? That’s what the beach is for me. But since I’ve had kids, I went from going to the beach every summer weekend, to forcing a visit once per summer.
You know how it is trying to pack up and get your small kids set up to go…..snacks, drinks, towels, umbrella, beach toys, sunblock, etc, etc and it’s all particularly difficult when you have a child with an aversion to sand!
But a couple of weekends ago, we made the trek with some of our friends and it was just great. We weren’t there 30 seconds before the kids got to playing.
It was one of those recent pre hurricane scary tide days so we were right on top of them in the water, but it didn’t prevent any good times. They all went non stop for hours. Going with friends really made the day special and endurable for all.
Although it was a lot of work, the day was an accomplishment…
I know I am the only person around who hates fall…..I miss the beach already!
Hey it’s summer time.
Anyone who knows me knows it is my favorite time of year. But it can also be a challenging time of year because I have kids who need some kind of entertainment and structure for a least a part of the day. (I say at least a part of the day because I absolutely am not a parent who feels responsible for entertaining my children every moment.)
So we had no plans on this beautiful, sunny day and our town pool doesn’t open until noon on Mondays. (Just to let you know, noon is six whole hours, like a complete day, after the kids awaken!)
I’m tired from the weekend so first stop was Starbucks.
See my gorgeous venti chai tea latte children? They are enjoying their Starbucks treats (10 bucks later) at the outside tables. They told everyone who stopped by (and asked if they are triplets) just how old they are. (My favorite is when, like this morning, a woman said to me “are they ALL yours?”)
Then we set out for the park as my kids play outside at least 50% of the day, everyday.
Every morning at every park in our town (it’s awesome) there are arts and crafts at 10 a.m. for the little guys. The bigger kids actually get dropped off by their parents and play sports or go on field trips!!! There are some nice college kids who supervise.
Today they made flowers and it blew my mind because I REMEMBER making the same craft as a child.
The flowers turned out cute, even though the arts and crafts girl and I pretty much had construct them!
They soon started doing the tantrumy, arm hang “I’m tired. It’s hoooooooot” so I looked for some games and boy did I luck out.
The college boy pulled out nok hockey and it was smooth sailing for the next 45 minutes!
It was a great morning.
And now there’s just 6 hours until bedtime…