I can’t help feeling a little bit jealous of other people’s summertime instagram feed, which are sweet and all, breathtaking even. Sure, I’d love to be swinging on a hammock, sipping lemonade, and eating fresh strawberries with my kiddos outside every live, long, day. That sounds ideal.
The reality is, I’m a wimp when it comes to south Texas summertime heat. And the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, cause my kids are wimps in the heat as well. I’ve assigned 30 minutes of outdoor play each day and they are begging me, begging me, to cut it down to 15 because it’s. just. so. hot. I’d like to roll my eyes at them and tell them to suck it up, but for the fact that I’m inside in the cool of the air-conditioning not breaking a sweat. The only time I brave the outdoors is to walk from my car to my house, or the car to the store. Or, most often, the car to the swimming pool.
Summer is a love/hate relationship for me. It’s not completely about my hatred of the oppressive heat and humidity. I love not having to follow someone else’s schedule (i.e. the kids’ schools and after school sports and such), and I love having my children around (most of the time). I love that we don’t have to follow a nap time schedule anymore, although on somedays that sure would be nice.
But then I also get a little overwhelmed with all the fun we’re having. It’s just exhausting. I thought I was tired during the school year but now I’m beat! I fall into bed at night and fall instantly to sleep. All the fun in the sun combined with the buzzing of life all around me tires me out. But it’s a good kind of tired and I’m so thankful for these slow days with my kiddos. Nothing beats this time of our lives.
Every summer, the girls and I pick out some type of project that we can leave out and work on at will. Last summer we learned how to make giant hair bows. While I probably couldn’t remember how to do it today, it was super fun making something that the girls actually love and wear.
This summer we decided to spend some extra money and buy a Silhouette Cameo cutter. This machine is brilliant. First, you install the software on your computer, and then you can design all sorts of things. Once you do, you send it to the machine, which then cuts out your designs onto vinyl. Needless to say, just about everything around here has a monogram on it now, because around these parts, monograms are totally the fashion. It’s been the perfect summer project. We are about to try our hand at heat press vinyl to design things for T-shirts, which sounds fun.
Of course, besides getting our craft on, I finally purchased the Harry Potter series (I know, I’m like 15 years behind). Hopefully, we can work our way through those when I’m not too exhausted to read out loud.
We purchased Six Flags passes again, with the help of each of the kids donating a month of allowance. Six Flags indeed is a sacrifice of love for me. The older I get, the dizzier I get. I’m proud to report, however, that last night I rode the Iron Rattler three times in a row. I don’t know what came over me, but lest the mood pass me by, we rushed to the rollercoaster and got our thrill on.
In the spare moments the kids are watching and re-watching Full House like it’s going out of style. Wait a second, it did go out of style, but somehow it’s back! And I cannot tell a lie, more often than not I get sucked back into it too. Watching those episodes is like reliving my childhood.
Amaleah has been obsessed with cooking and baking, so that’s been fun to see her working in the kitchen. Now I just have to train her to clean up afterwards without me telling her, and we’ll be set. Julia has been hand lettering little quotes and Bible verses, and she’s really good at it. And Landis, he just plays his little heart out and snuggles Winston like it’s nobody’s business. He’s also become quite the joke teller, if you can listen long enough to get to the punchline; it’s quite adorable.
So those are our tidbits from the summer. I’m trying to engage each moment and really enjoy all of this time off. Soon we will be welcoming out of town family and enjoying sweet times with them. Then we head to the beach for some major relaxing. Kids will be sent off to various camps, and before you know it, the school bells will be ringing once again.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.