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What Summer Means to Me

My kids don't actually get out of school until Friday, and this week's calendar is absolutely packed with end-of-the-year activities, volunteer duties, practices for two sports, graduation parties for friends, and the regular getting-through-the-week stuff (like laundry, ugh). But for today I'm ignoring all that and visualizing what summer means to me:

What Summer Means to Me

Swim Team

All three kids are on the neighborhood swim team, and I'm one of the team reps. It's an intense six weeks, but we love it, and I love all that the pool represents in our neighborhood. We're a strong community, and over the summer I'm reconnected to friends with older kids that I only see during these months.

What Summer Means to Me

Lots of Kids

What Summer Means to Me

I'm babysitting two for the summer, and we'll have lots of playdates with friends over. I love having a houseful of kids, and I love my kids' friends. It can get loud at times, and it makes working from home almost impossible, but we'll make it work with a loose structure and a lot of fun.

Garden Veggies

Summer veggies means yummy cookouts, garden-fresh salads, and the kids cooking (they're old enough now!).

What Summer Means to Me

Day Trips

While we aren't taking a big family vacation this year (that money is going towards orthodontia), we'll squeeze in some day trips and outings. My kids are excited about doing some local hikes and exploring new places. They're more involved in planning these trips now, which I appreciate.

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Books!

Without an official vacation, i'm going to have to get creative about doing all the summer reading I like to do. I set a goal to read 75 books in 2015, and usually I catch up during the summer. Looking for recommendations? I keep track of my books on my Books I’ve Read 2015 Pinterest board,

What Summer Means to Me

Spending Time with my Kids

I work hard during the school year to preserve our family time. We eat together every night, we make big brunches on the weekends and savor downtime on the weekends for the five of us to connect (usually over board games). But the unstructured summer days are special, and I know they'll change over the years, so I appreciate all the time I get to spend with my kiddos–playing, reading, talking, and more.

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Sunday 30th of August 2015

[…] We played tons of games, had fun outings, swam a bunch, and all the other things I wrote about in What Summer Means to Me. But now we’re all craving a routine, and as typically happens at the end of August, my twins […]

Sandra Mercier

Thursday 25th of June 2015

Nice list you've got! Summer is the rare time that I can get along with my kids so of course spending time with them is a must, watching a baseball game together for example. And I also catch up with the books and movies that I've longed to read and watch. Thanks for the post!

Carolyn

Monday 15th of June 2015

Love your list! Summers are far too short, aren't they? I love the unstructured days of summer with the kids, too; we get so busy during the school year that it's nice for those brief weeks to take a step back and just enjoy each other and playing together.

If you're into classics, my very favorite book is "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." A great character (Francie Nolan was the inspiration for our son, Nolan's name), and a refreshing read after all the modern "chick lit" type books that seem to prevail the scene nowadays. I also love "Rebecca" by Daphne DuMauriers, and Jane Eyre by Bronte if you're really feeling adventurous. Modern fiction favorites include "Little Earthquakes" by Jennifer Weiner, most of Jodi Picoult's work (my favorites have been "The Pact" and "Salem Falls"). I also loved Francine Rivers' "Redeeming Love." Kristin Hannah is generally pretty good for summer reading too.

Whew!! :)

Found you through the SITS Girls link up, by the way!

Gina

Tuesday 16th of June 2015

Oh, I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I must have read it 5 times when I was a teenager. And I LOVE Rebecca, first fell in love with the movie and then read the book (and the sequel book, which wasn't as good). Thank you for the recommendations!

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