Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Summer We Didn't Make a List

I have been contemplating our annual summer list for a couple of months now, but never actually put anything down on paper because summer seemed (and was, at the time) so far off.  And then, all of the sudden, it just sort of sneaked up on us.  Here we are, the day after school is done, on what we consider our first day of summer, and we’ve got nothin’.
And get this…I’m totally okay with that.
Things just didn’t seem to come together this year like they have in the past.  I’ve been a little anxious as summer approached, now with three kiddos at home to care for and entertain, and I was a bit overwhelmed at how it was all going to pan out.  After some thought, and a lot of just trying to psych myself up, I’m {surprisingly} feeling pretty good about the next three months.  
Above everything - everything that we do and everything that we don’t do - I want to be a “yes” mom.  I want to be present and enjoy my kids.  I don’t want to be distracted by the what-needs-to-be-done and the endless array of projects that I’d like to spend some time on, and instead justbe with Drew, Reed and Ruby.  I want to be free and open and flexible to say “yes, let’s do it!” when one of them comes up with an idea or a plan or a suggestion.  I want to go places and see things and explore and experience and have fun.  I get wrapped up in schedules and planning and routine and I need to just let some of that go.  My house will be messy, the bathrooms dirty, perhaps the laundry a bit piled up - but I will learn how to be okay with that so that my kids will experience a less distracted mom.  It’s the last summer before Reed heads off to school full time.  I need to make these moments count.
That said, there are a few things on the mental short list of things we’d like to experience or do.  At the top, our very first family vacation - by which I mean just the five of us, on the road, for seven days.  That week is sure to be filled with many things that would max out our usual list!
We have other travel plans (Traverse City for July 4th and home to Minnesota and Iowa in late July), not to mention a house full of company beginning right now and finishing out the rest of June.  
There are a couple projects that we’d like to do, too.  Reed has requested painting bird houses, and I suggested we make some stepping stones to place near Luci’s grave.  Both boys are artsy craftsy, so I’d love to dig into the totes of supplies I’ve been hoarding the past several years and finally do something with all that stuff.  Filter in local activities, church happenings, playdates, and your run-of-the-mill Lego marathons and afternoon movies, and I’d say we’re set.  
Here’s to summer.  Here’s to fun and adventure and being present.  Here’s to YES
Here’s to these three. 

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