Summer Fun…Happened So Fast (Yes I Know the Real Lyrics!)

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They say that the days are long and the years are short.  I think Father Time must be on fast forward mode or something because this whole year is just flying by!

Please forgive the length of time between my posts this summer.  My Sister and her children are home for the entire summer and it has been super busy around the house.  Keeping up with five children is quite the challenge.

AUTHOR’S SIDE NOTE – At this time, my oldest Niece (age 7) is watching me type this post and would like me to mention how good she is.  Well…I would like to take the opportunity to say what a wonderful, talented, spiritual and good girl she really is.  She was the first born Grandchild in the family and she had our hearts from minute one.  Love you kiddo!  😉

Back to my blog!  We knew about this upcoming visit since way back in February and have been counting down the many long days and months since then.  When they finally arrived it was such a joyous moment.  All I could think to myself was “This is great!  Six whole weeks of fun with my Sister and the kidlets!”  Today, half of their trip is already over.  Wait…what?  Where on earth did three weeks go?!  We’ve done a ton of fun stuff in that time but, in the same breath, it feels like we’ve done nothing.  Does that even make sense? 

As much as I don’t want them to, I know these next three weeks will fly by.  All too soon, we will have to say goodbye once again and it’ll be back to phone calls and FaceTime.  Why does time work like that?  Why do special/fun times seem to just speed on by and regular days just seem to pass by at snail speed.  (No disrespect intended to the snails of the world).

AUTHOR’S SIDE NOTE #2 – My inquisitive Niece (who is still watching) noticed that I did not post her name.  If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll notice that I’ve never used names until now.  I have decided to change that.  Isabella, my beautiful Niece, you are truly an inspiration and a joy in my life.  XOXO  (PS – You’re now a famous movie star!)

I realize the side notes are a bit distracting, but she is just THAT important!  Now, back at ‘er!

It’s sort of a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation.  If we relax and take it easy all summer, perhaps the days/weeks will go by slowly.  However when it’s all over, we’ll have done nothing!  If we make the most of our time together and complete our “Summer Fun Bucket List”, we’ll make many wonderful memories but our time together will seem so short.  You see my dilemma here?!

As I’ve said, we’ve been planning this trip since February and all of the children have been making lists with things they want to do during the summer.  We’ve combined all these items into one big list and will do our best to get everything checked off.  Yes, the summer is likely to fly by however we will be left with a lifetime of memories.

 

Summer “Vacation”

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Whoever came up with the term summer “vacation/break” clearly did not have kids.

In the past, I could never understand why so many parents would gripe about their children being off for the summer. Since school was out, parents could now enjoy a full summer of extra time with their little ones! Now that I have a child who has just completed his very first year of school, I get it…I finally get it.

I was completely unprepared for how busy my life would get once I had a child in the school system. I really didn’t think much would change, but it did. Now that my Son was in Kindergarten, my perfect family schedule had to change to suit his new life. Not only was there school, the Fall brought activities such as swimming lessons, Beavers and more. Our family life was run by schedules that weren’t really our own!

As the school year was coming to an end, I was really looking forward to a break during the summer. Suddenly, “they” started to appear in my Son’s book bag – soccer schedules, baseball flyers, summer camp brochures, youth programs through church, etc. Are you kidding me?! My nice summer break was being bombarded by more schedules! How is the summer supposed to be a vacation when all you’re doing is bring your children to new activities?

Well I’ve decided to put the break back in summer! My little man dearly loves baseball and it’s only offered during the summer, so that’s fine. We will pass on all other programs. There’s more than enough things to enrol in during the Fall/Winter months.

I’m sure that this summer will be filled with lemonade stands, water balloon wars, camping and trips to the playground. However, we can also spend a day doing absolutely nothing and relax in the backyard. It’s our choice to make now that we’re not being ruled by schedules! Happy Summer everyone!!