I’ve been seeing some first day of school pictures pop across my social media. I don’t like this time of year.
I mean, I love fall. It is my favorite season. And I like summer. We definitely still have lake weather.
But I don’t like when the kids go back to school. I’ve worked hard over the years to separate reality from feelings during this time of year. I feel like we didn’t do half the things I wanted to do this summer!! And we haven’t! But the reality is that to do everything I planned for this summer, we would need approximately two years. So although I feel like we didn’t do enough; the reality is that we did do plenty. The kids need the down time. They need the “bored” time. Ok, so they needed less tv time! But, they spent some alone time and they spent some together time. And if we were on the go 24/7 to accomplish my summer dream list, they would be miserable . . as would I.
So yes, I worked too much this summer. But I did get to work a lot at home where the kiddos come in and chat with me. No, we didn’t go to Disneyland this year. But we went walking by a river and had a pizza picnic. We didn’t spend nights away this summer in a cabin. But we stayed home with a young puppy and an old dog so we didn’t worry about them. We didn’t do any super special vacation. But we made a few special days here bouncing on the trampoline and laying on it at night looking up at the stars.
Tonight I am thankful that we have two more weeks before school starts here. There are still more things that I want to do with the kiddos! I love when they are home! And even the days we do nothing; we’ll do nothing together. And that is something that I love doing on their summers off!