Some summer thoughts one hour before school gets out (I’ve had the three older ones get out of school over the last month, these are the grade schoolers out in an hour and then everyone will be home!)
One down, five to go:
Isaac graduated and it was a long ceremony but a wonderfully beautiful day and he was so happy but it all went too quickly for him I think-he was thinking of all the people he never got to say goodbye to. I love that he knew so many (most?) of the students in his graduating class. He moved out and came home the next day with just a small car load of belongings which I love. He told me he must have inherited my throw-it-out gene because he only wants to keep the bare minimum.
It is always been an adjustment for me to do “summer”. Usually I end up lamenting to my mom on the phone about it all and begging for advice about my feelings of being overwhelmed. I think it’s just that hard and fast change, and then we eventually get into the flow.
The last two summers have been so hard-the stress of managing the irresponsible and extremely late running contractors who had promised to be finished by May but were here till September two summers ago left me exhausted and then Jeff had major work stress last summer and they were both a blur and by the end of last summer I never felt so exhausted in my life, I felt like I was hanging on by a thin thread and that is NO fun most especially in the summer, my favorite time of the year.
This summer will be different-stressors all gone, good plans ahead. Some years are just like that I guess-those are the hills and valleys of life, those hills sure make you appreciate the valleys.
I have two grade school kids who want to work and earn money and I have a weekly consistent straight-forward job list for them to complete each week with the promise of $10 (I usually don’t pay for chores and don’t do allowance but I’m trying this for this summer). I also have a list of extra paying jobs to sign up for-window washing (mine are filthy!), garage clean-out, attic clean-out, etc. -things I haven’t been able to get to since Janey has been born. Some weekly jobs are: beds made, clothes picked up, rooms cleaned, house vacuumed, dog taken care, garage straightened, pots and garden watered-the things I can’t keep up with by myself which sometimes make me overwhelmed and therefore crabby or a tad resentful I’ve handed off. I’m giving 3 responsibilities to each, all summer long, to make it simple and easy.
They both have asked to do some short fun local camps with friends and I think it will work well this summer-they are excited about that. Some years were “no way” to any outside commitments, and other years it just works so well to break up the summer with some socializing and planned activities.
Two oldest traveling/working (Isaac will be in Europe backpacking most of summer and Abbey in August in Ireland) and Matt is working also.
Computer bare minimum if at all, Ipads all gone, TV is off all summer. It just works so much better around here this way. Something about just shutting down that possibility and clearing out brains.
I am working out at 6:30 a.m. and getting my head/house in order then.
I have a few good books to read thanks to a friend whose mother gives her all her book club books, and they are always exactly my cup of tea. We’ll see if I even get to one, but I want to.
I promised Andrew a mom trip (he’s been waiting for this for years and years) to Chicago for an overnight. We can’t wait!
I want to take each kid to breakfast or lunch this summer for one-on-one time.
I want to go to the darn farmer’s market a few blocks away that I only hit once or twice in the last couple years!
I want to go “home” for a day and go shopping by myself at the outlets and see my parents and eat with my best friend at Guido’s-the best pizza on the planet that I absolutely must have at least once a year (thank God I don’t live closer, I’d eat it every night.)
I want to eat lunch with Jeff once every couple weeks by myself. (I am lucky to have an older sibling as a babysitter.)
I am prioritizing cooking and meal planning all summer, simple and easy but want to try some new things. Since I want to use the computer only when totally necessary I am going to be using my good old-fashioned cookbooks and maybe a few more of those “magaziney-type” seasonal cookbooks to help me along and keep things fun-with the hope of compiling another of our favorites together in a Part Two.
I’m so over Whole30 by the way. I have slowly added things back in but am trying to be very cautious about how much I eat and snacking etc. I don’t want to gain the weight back (it was so good for that, and for “resetting” my system), but I want to eat “easier”, if that makes sense. Like a whole vat of fresh strawberries-a few weeks away from that!
And photos! I am keeping my camera on the counter and I promised myself I would be better, it only takes a second.