August 05, 2010
It seems like about the time I realized Summer was here, it began winding down. You may already know this but I am often either late to the party or the first to leave. In this case I'm both. Everything I've had going on this summer combined with the unrelenting heat, has me ready to welcome Autumn with open arms. While I'm not quite ready to pack my girls off and send them back to school, I am ready to close this chapter and begin a new one. One with cooler temperatures and less insects.
I'm just not a summer girl. I try. I really do. I want to live in the moment and not wish my life away, but I just don't care for it. Sure I love the Farmer's Market, fresh produce, fireflies, grilling out, picnics, riding bikes, relaxed schedules, fireworks, parades, flip flops, bare legs, not checking homework or making lunches and having the girls home with me. Mostly. But oh my stars, I hate the heat. And even more, I hate sweating. So that cancels out everything else I just said. I've lived in Memphis and Miami so I know I shouldn't complain about the heat in Indiana, but here I am doing that very thing.
And even though I'm very late, I wanted to post Emma's annual Summer To Do list written last May. That's right folks. I'm running approximately 3 months behind. Or 1 season. That sounds much better. I never got around to my own list but it would have looked much like hers because we are of one mind.
-Playdates with friends
-Visit all village parks and trails
-Go to farmer's market
-Read. Read lots. Read some more.
-Family game and movie nights
-Take Millie on morning walks
-Go to pool, zoo, movies, library, out for ice cream and children's museum
-Have studio/craft time/embroider/finish painting dollhouse
Okay, I have to tell you. I've been feeling like a pretty lousy Mommy this summer. I've been wrapped up in a lot of unavoidable distractions. But Y'alls, she made her list in May and I didn't look at it again until recently but we still managed to do almost everything on this list! Maybe I'm not that bad! Maybe I won't be nominated for the Worst Mother Ever award! At least not this year. I'm so relieved.
Maybe this year we'll start a new family tradition and make an Autumn To Do List. I'm much more likely to be successful if I don't have to factor in the heat. On the other hand, I'll have to come up with a whole new set of excuses.