It was our first weekend with the kids out of school. Yet after the initial Friday excitement, the anxiety slowly started to settle in. The one that arrives right about the same time every year... at the start of summer.
Our summers are always a little hectic- fun, but hectic. For one, Hailey's birthday is right around the corner, in early July. And she is nothing like Jacob when it comes to birthdays. She's been talking about her party for the past 6 months... how she wants a slumber party, who she wants to invite (his list was always a couple of friends, and the rest- family; hers seems to include all the girls in the 2nd grade, and then some), how she wants to go to Disneyland on her actual birthday- and stay in the
money pit hotel. So, even if I "go small" and accommodate only a few of her wishes, this always takes a little (or a lot of) extra mind share- the planning, and the recovery.
Then we have our big summer camping trip. Hands-down, our favorite part of summer- but definitely a lot of preparation and work- pre & post. For these reasons, and many more- each summer seems to get overtaken a bit- rushed and incomplete, when it's all said and done. Even though I'm not one to fill each and every moment with major activities & camps (sometimes, our "activity" of the day may be renting a movie, and getting frozen yogurt- and they're beyond okay with that)- the same thing happens each year.
In an effort to avert the madness & shred the stress, I'm starting this Monday- this summer- off with a few little vows.
- Less electronics- more nature.
- More time preparing meals in the morning (Crockpot!)- less time in the kitchen- more time to play.
- Time with Ryan- without the kids (with their 'flex bedtime' this often gets squeezed out of the equation).
- Lots of laziness and just enough structure.
- Work, then play (let's face it- there's always stuff to get done- summer or otherwise, and when it comes to tasks & chores- my kids do a thousand times better if they know that FUN awaits).
- Popsicles & iced coffee daily.
This morning, we'll conjure. We'll plan. We'll dream. We'll record some 'summer to-do's'.
And I'll keep my vows in mind.