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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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