Today is the first day of summer vacation. It is a time to relax, sip drinks with umbrellas, prop up my perfectly manicured toes, eat bonbons, and read books. Oh wait . . . that is only in the movies. I did take the weekend off of some of the normal cooking and cleaning duties to pick up today.
Actually summer is my catch-up time, and a time to give my husband (who does not get time off) a break. This summer I am so excited because I do not have to run child 1 & child 2 to sports practice. Child 1 has her driver's liscence; Child 2 will be working on hers. Child 3 has "running club" two nights a week--but 1 & 2 are doing community service by helping. I may even get out of driving to some of those! I have a day-long training on Friday, but them I am taking a week or two off of anything school related. It will be mindless reading and cleaning.
It takes me most of June to get the house back into order. I gut every room, reorganize, donate, throw away, etc. Then the family spends August to May trashing it again--ha! ha!
We need to find time to visit family six hours away. Is that going to be one trip? Two? Do we drop the kid(s) off and come back? I still need to figure this out.
Then there are the appointments: senior pictures (WOW!), four dentists, four physicals, one gynie, and the beginning of child 2 and orthodontics. This, of course, may require a pit stop to the oral surgeon to remove wisdom teeth. Driving school and on-road appointments. Babysitting commitments. Tutoring. OK--so much for the umbrella drinks. Playdates? What are those?
I do love the summer with my kids. It is the time where they are the priority. I get to reconnect with them during walks, rainy day movies, etc. I know these days are numbered.
After reviewing summer plans, I think I need to nap . . . nap time IS the biggest perk of summer after all. I would choose a nap over an umbrella drink any day!