When I think of summer, I think of long, slow days. Somehow someway though, this summer has been busier than years prior – by what seems to be a landslide. But not in a bad way. I was honestly dreading this season because of the lack of routine. But then, on the other hand, I was really craving carefree, unscheduled days and even a bit of adventure. I think we have managed to fall somewhere in between structure and total freedom. We have just enough going on to bring some consistency to our days and weeks, but we are also flexible and staying up much later than usual. Which brings me to my next point on busyness.
Kids going to bed early has always been my saving grace. Well, it seems that is a thing of the past – at least for the summer. This has been great in so many ways. The “little kids” are able to hang with their older brother for movie nights and that has been a fun treat. The best part of this is my 5-year-old has adjusted her sleep times and if she’s down at 9pm, she sleeps in til around 8am. But my 3-year-old has yet to get that memo. He’s waking anywhere from 5:30 to 6:30 as usual. It’s totally fine because he does a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoons, but in this process, I’ve lost the precious bit of “me” time that I was accustomed to. I now have two other kiddos around while my little guy is napping. If he was sleeping in, I would like to think I’d wake early and have some time to myself, but I’m sure they’d be my little alarm clocks as usual.
Either way, it’s been challenging to find time to sit down and write. I also have a stack of books I’m longing to read, but by the time the kiddos go down for the night, I’m about a half hour behind them. Busy, busy, busy. I feel like there’s a ton more cleaning to do with all 3 of them home during the day. There have been unexpected illnesses and trips to the doctor. But none of this has really gotten to me at all. This is where we’re at and I’m soaking it all in (to my surprise). I’m learning to go with the flow and enjoy the extra long days we’re having.
I had been so worried the days would creep by this summer. But in reality, it feels like I blinked and a month has passed already. So I’m putting aside any remaining expectations I had about this summer. I’m enjoying the togetherness and honestly hoping it slows down a little! Cheers to this laid-back season because come Fall, it will be a whole new ballgame with my daughter in kindergarten. For now, you can find us soaking up the sun in the pool or at the beach followed by dinner on the grill and popcorn/movies at night. Summer, please don’t end anytime soon.