This summer.

Today is the first day of summer vacation.  SUMMER VACATION! (It was absolutely necessary to shout that sentence as a testament to the fact that we survived the past school year.  WE SURVIVED!)

This summer I’m doing things a bit differently.  In years past, the kids and I have created a summer fun list of all the things we wanted to do and see.  This year there will be no list.  In fact, the idea of a brightly colored check-list on my fridge, mocking me for my lazy and unaccomplished ways, makes my blood pressure rise and my eye start to twitch.

This is the summer of no pressure.  This is the summer of lounging and lazing about.  This is the summer of play-dates with friends in the backyard and running through sprinklers.  This is the summer of taking it easy.

We will still do things of course.  Today we plan on strutting our stuff as the library officially begins its summer reading program.  Tonight, the kids have swimming practice.  We will go to family reunions and the State Fair and perhaps do some camping.

But instead of scheduling our lives and filling our days full of activities, there will be time.

Time for my daughter to practice making brownies in the kitchen to her heart’s content.

Time for my son to play basketball next door.

Time for my youngest to obsess over Harry Potter as much as she wants.

Time for me to read books for fun and books to learn and books to get myself all worked up.

Time for everyone to decide what their favorite ice cream flavor is at Baskin Robins.  (Daiquiri Ice!  No…wait, Peanut-Butter and Chocolate.  No- Daiquiri Ice…)

There will be sleeping in (please, oh please let there be sleeping in) and there will be moments of Mom!  I’m so bored.  There will be raspberry picking and tomato eating and watermelon seed spitting.  There will be sleeping outside on the trampoline and playing with cousins.  There will be thunderstorms that keep us glued to the television radar and humidity that makes us lie spread-eagle on the floor, under the ceiling fan.

And in nine weeks I hope we all feel rested and refreshed and ready to tackle new school subjects without incredible nausea in our bellies.  Or, at least, that’s the hope.

What are you doing this summer, Gentle Reader?  Anything exciting, so we can live vicariously through you?

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7 Responses to This summer.

  1. Jen Robinson says:

    I loved reading this post, Ami. I’m happy to hear that there are kids somewhere who will be having a relaxing, stress-free summer, vs. all the overscheduling that one hears about. I’m planning one session of swim lessons for my daughter (who is 4), and we have some travel, but I want her to have plenty of time for fun, too. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Thanks for reading it- and thanks for all the book reviews and different books lists you post on your blog. They give me titles and titles of books for my children to look through, in order to find their next read.

  2. Robin Kramer says:

    This totally made me laugh because for the first time in nine years of parenting, we’re actually making a list to post on our fridge — our “Summer Bucket List,” so to speak.

    I’m still expecting to have plenty of down time just for resting and playing, but I think that we all need a bit of structure or I fear that we’ll self-implode.

    CONGRATS on finishing the school year. You are my hero.

  3. athenamiles says:

    Last summer we were SO scheduled–not in the days but “This week is day camp and this week is Church VBS and this week is Vacation and this week is Camp Grandma” etc. to the point that we had TWO weeks to do the “summery” type things. So I made a point to not be as scheduled this summer. And then the church decided not to do VBS because of renovations in the kids wing. And other things just kind of fell through. We decided to take the $ from Day Camp to join a local pool (3 months of swimming vs. 1 week of fun) and I can tell I’ll be spending lots of days at the pool. Right now I’m loving just letting them do lots of reading and lego building and playing outside. And I have a list of “ideas” (ok, a bucket list if one wants to call it that) to do when they start to say they’re getting bored, and so I don’t feel like I totally let summer get by… So, I totally get where you’re coming from. 🙂 Enjoy the days!!!

  4. Andrea K says:

    Sleeping on the trampoline was always a highlight in my childhood!!

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