I had high expectations for this summer. I envisioned great things. Why? Well the last four summers have been challenging for me.
In 2006 I had my first son, he was born in June. The first eight weeks of motherhood were rocky to say the least. I’m don’t even remember seeing much of the outside. The summer of 2007 my husband and I built our second home, and the opportunities for fun were few and far between. In 2008 I was in the early months of my second pregnancy, very, very sick, and so tired I was in bed most nights by 6:00. Last summer, my youngest was four months and while the second time with a baby was much easier, the four and five wake ups to nurse him did me in for most of that summer.
So, I feel summer deprived. And my deprivation made me very anxious for this summer, ready to fill these blissful months of warmth and sunshine and long days with fun and excitement. Clearly I was a bit deluded. I’m working full time, my children go to bed early every night, and my youngest is still napping, sometimes twice a day. We are still very stuck at home and tied to routines that don’t involve activities of summer’s past.
We don’t live near any great beaches, the parks in our community are less than stellar, and when the weekend comes I’m so tired from commuting that I’m not keen to pack up the car and kids and trek any great distance. So we’ve spent most weekends and evenings at home. This, of course, has it’s advantages. We’re connecting as a family, getting things done, and revelling in a simpler life. I’m reading and blogging up a storm because I’m home so much and my children are in bed so early.
But now that we’ve reached mid-July I’m starting to get antsy. I don’t want another summer to go by leaving me feeling like I missed out. Some of you are writing and tweeting about your summer adventures, trips to the ocean, visits to cottages and road trips and memberships to community pools. I’m envious. There are some exciting things coming up (ahem, BlogHer!) but mostly we have few plans.
So with that we decided this past weekend called for some fun. We ventured to Grandma and Grandpa’s house (okay, so they only live 5 minutes away) but they do live on the lake and the whole family was very ready for a little !!!
Here we are, soaking up the rays, getting a little wet, and generally having some summer fun. I’m not sure why we don’t do this more often.
Happy summer from our family to yours, here’s hoping yours is full of !!!